Social Security Disability FAQ

Once you know or suspect that you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you are likely to have questions related to your individual circumstances and perspective. Do any of the following questions sound familiar? Read on or contact me.

Is Social Security Disability (SSD) a form of welfare?

The answer is "no" in the traditional sense of welfare as a government handout. If you qualify for SSD, it likely means that you have paid into the system over years of working. Your contributions, along with those of other workers, make up the pot of money that SSD benefits come from. It works much like private insurance, but the government administers the program. Once you establish your eligibility for SSD, you may collect your rightful benefits.

How can I prove I am eligible for SSD benefits?

In most cases, you must show that you have worked long enough (usually 10 years or more) and have a serious enough disability that you can no longer work full time. Factors such as your age, education and experience will be taken into account. Your medical impairment will also be evaluated to support your claim that you cannot work as you did before.

What types of physical and mental impairments can make me eligible for SSD benefits?

The severity of your condition is more important in your disability evaluation for SSD eligibility than the specific impairments that prevent you from working. Examples of types of impairments include musculoskeletal system disorders, respiratory disorders, cardiovascular disorders and mental disorders. One serious impairment or multiple minor impairments may indicate overall disability and eligibility for benefits.

What if I apply for SSD benefits and my claim is denied?

Take heart. Most SSD claims are denied after the first application. With the help of an experienced lawyer, you may overcome the initial denial through appeals. If your claim is ultimately approved, retroactive benefits may be due dating back to the date of your application. This is why the first step — applying for benefits — is key. You do not have to wait for a lawyer to help you take that first step.

What if I cannot afford to pay legal fees, but I need help overcoming a denied SSD claim for benefits?

If I represent you in appealing your SSD case, I will do so on a contingency basis. You will not owe legal fees unless I help you overcome the denial and obtain benefits. At that time, my payment will come as a percentage of a lump sum payment for retroactive benefits.

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While you may be able to find answers to basic questions through online research, it is not always clear how that information relates to your case. Get free personalized answers to your SSD-related questions through a no-obligation consultation with me, Mississippi SSD attorney Gene Barton. Call 662-260-6646 or email my Tupelo area law offices to schedule our first meeting.