Social Security Disability Questions

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What is social security disability?
Social security disability is payment and benefits one can receive when they have suffered a disability and are no longer able, or never have been able, to maintain employment.

What is social security disability insurance?
Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, is one form of social security disability benefits a person can receive. To be a candidate, one must have previous job experience and paid social security taxes, but no longer can hold down a job due to the onset of a mental or physical disability.

What is supplemental security income?
Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, is the other form of social security disability. However, there are numerous differences that make it distinct from social security disability insurance, including the fact that candidates must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Be aged 65 or older
  • Legally blind
  • Have a disability that makes them unable to be employed

Additionally, Supplemental Security Income is available to those who have no work experience.

How long do I have to file a Social Security disability claim?
If you believe you are eligible for Social Security Disabilities, it is vital that you apply at any Social Security office immediately. Failing to do so may cause your case to be dismissed and you may be denied benefits you rightly deserve.

Do I need a lawyer to receive Social Security disability payments?
While a lawyer is not necessary to ensure Social Security disability payments, the likelihood of your case being successfully litigated dramatically increases with the help of an experienced, social security disability lawyer.

Unfortunately, applying for social security disability benefits is a prolonged and arduous process with many qualified candidates being turned down numerous times. Prior to receiving benefits, candidates must go before an Administrative Law Judge who will hear their claim. While you can do this alone, having an attorney to guide you through the process and prepare your case for the hearing dramatically increases your prospects.

If I am approved, how long will it take to begin receiving benefits?
While some may begin receiving benefits as early as thirty days after approval, it is more common for people to wait two or three years for their social security disability checks to begin arriving.

With experienced, social security disability lawyers handling your case, the time you must wait may be significantly reduced. If you live in the Nashville, Tennessee area and are seeking social security disability payments, please contact James R. Omer & Associates, PLLC today and get the power of our attorneys on your side.

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