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Social Security Disability Frequently Asked Questions

Getting answers to all of your disability questions can be challenging. Prior to filing a claim, it is important to know basic information about Social Security Disability. If you want to obtain the most accurate advice based on your situation, you should talk to a Social Security Advocate. An advocate can evaluate your potential claim, explain the application procedures, and assist you with filing your claim.

Determining eligibility for these programs can often be confusing.  Here is some general information that may explain these programs and who may potentially qualify:

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI): Since 1956, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) has been an effective social insurance program that helps individuals whose physical or mental impairments are so severe that they are unable to work a job within the national economy in any capacity. Contrary to popular belief, SSDI is NOT charity — Americans who are entitled to this benefit have paid into this system which has been designated to prevent severe economic loss brought on by foreclosures, evictions, and bankruptcies. In short, SSDI is a program designed for persons who have worked and paid into Social Security Disability Insurance via payroll (tax) deduction.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI): Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a program that provides modest income support for individuals with limited income and resources. It is not necessary that one has worked or paid into the Social Security system to be eligible for this program.

BOTH SSDI AND SSI PROGRAMS REQUIRE THAT CLAIMANTS HAVE SEVERE PHYSICAL OR MENTAL IMPAIRMENT(S) THAT PREVENT THEM FROM WORKING.

The best way to learn about potential eligibility for Social Security benefits is to contact Disability Advocates Group. We specialize in Social Security claims and serve clients all over the United States. Find out how to get started by calling 888-324-7734.

You may complete a Social Security Disability application here:  Social Security Disability Application. You will need to provide information regarding yourself, your family, your employment history, any income you receive, information about physician(s) and any medical condition(s). You are also required to supply documents that verify information listed in your application. The Social Security Administration (SSA) approval process is stringent and can be lengthy, so complete documentation and proof of all medical illnesses/limitations is required before the SSA will adjudicate your claim.

Statistics show claims that are handled by experienced representatives are more likely to win approval, and Disability Advocates Group is here to help you file your claim.  By engaging with you from the initial stage of this process, we can help you gather required documentation to support your claim and avoid common mistakes that may lead to unnecessary delays or denials.

What is the amount I am entitled to?
Periodically, the Social Security Administration mails out a Social Security Statement, which is a form that indicates your lifetime earnings.  This statement explains the monthly amount to which you may be entitled if you are approved. You can also access this information on the Social Security Administration website by entering personal information and requesting a Social Security Statement here:  Social Security Statement

The representatives at Disability Advocates Group are available to answer any questions you may have about disability matters. Please contact us at 888-324-7734 or complete the contact form and we will respond within 24 hours.
Yes. In most states, including North Carolina, Social Security Disability benefits are offset, or reduced, because of workers’ compensation benefits. In almost all cases, there may still be a Social Security disability benefits payout for approved claimants who may also be receiving workers’ compensation benefits. However, as important as workers compensation is, Social Security Disability benefits are more important because, unlike workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability can last for the rest of your life.
Typically, it takes at least three months or more to receive a decision on an initial disability application.  This time frame can vary depending on factors such as:

  • The nature of your disability;
  • How quickly medical evidence from doctor(s) or other medical source(s) can be gathered and submitted;
  • Whether it is necessary to send you for a medical examination; and
  • A review of your application and supporting documentation for quality purposes.

We can assist you with your application process by communicating with your claims evaluator and providing him or her with information necessary to process your claim. We can also discuss the need for a Consultative Examination (CE) and how we may provide your claims evaluator with medical information from your physician(s).

Starting on March 17, 2014, veterans who have a Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Compensation Rating of 100% Permanent and Total Disability (also known as “100 percent P&T” or “P&T”) may receive expedited application processing for Social Security Disability benefits.

Please note that a VA Compensation Rating of 100% P&T does not guarantee that you will receive Social Security Disability benefits. To be approved for Social Security Disability, you must still meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of “disability” located here:  SSA defines Disability. If you already receive VA Compensation benefits, this should not affect your Social Security benefits.

Disability Advocates Group can assist you with filing your claim.  Please inform us immediately if you are a veteran with a Compensation Rating of 100% P&T so that we may expedite your claim.

If you are approved for Social Security Disability, Past Due benefits (also known as “back payment” or “back pay”) becomes a part of your award. Once you are approved for disability benefits, all the money you should have been receiving from the date of your initial claim until your approval date will be calculated,  awarded, and paid as a lump sum.

Kim Engler / Disability Advocate

Disability Advocates Group has been championing the cause of the disabled for over 20 years. We view each claim as a unique challenge entitled to individualized strategy to help ensure a successful outcome. Remember, we don’t get paid unless you get paid!

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