Common Questions

Is there an age requirement?

No. Any individual of any age can be found disabled by Social Security. The rules change for individuals over 50 years of age and over 55 years of age making it easier to obtain benefits.


How long will I receive benefits?
Until you reach full retirement age or until your condition improves to the point where you are able to work on a full time sustained basis for a period in excess of nine months. Social Security has instituted a number of provisions to encourage individuals to attempt a return to work without jeopardizing their disability payments. Remember, just because you may have worked for a short period of time after the onset of your disability you may still be entitled to a full period of disability.

 

What if I have other income?

For recipients of SSD there is no limit to the amount of other income you can receive, as long it is not from work activity. For example, if you own an apartment building and receive income from the rents or if you have investments that generate dividends. For recipients of SSI there are additional non-medical requirements related to assets and resources.


If I was denied benefits based upon my initial application, should I appeal?

Yes! We win about 6 out of 7 cases we take! Many claims that are denied initially are awarded at a later stage.

 

If I am awarded SSD or SSI benefits, how much will I receive?

It varies based on your earnings history. You will receive anywhere from $500 to $2,000 a month or more. 

 

How long will the process take?

From 6 to 24 months to get through the Administrative Law Judge hearing decision stage. Hearings are held in Tampa or Ft.Myers.


What will it cost me?

There is no cost to you for our representation unless we are successful in obtaining your benefits.


Can my kids get benefits if I am disabled?

Minor children of a disabled worker can receive auxiliary benefits. The amount is approximately 40% of the disabled workers monthly payment.

 

What can I do to improve my chances of winning SSI or SSD benefits?

Maintain regular and consistent treatment with physicians that support your claim for disability. If you cannot afford to maintain treatment with private physicians please contact our office and we will attempt to refer you to free clinics and county facilities where treatment can be obtained free of charge. Using an attorney to represent you undoubtedly improves your chances of a win.

 

How do I get started?

Click on the Free Consultation Form  page and we will get back with you as soon as possible.

 

What if more than 60 days passed since I was denied benefits under initial application?
If there is a good reason for not appealing within the 60 days the appeal may still be processed. Otherwise a new application is filed with a request to reopen the prior application. This is done to preserve the prior date of application to ensure that the maximum amount of past due benefits will be awarded. 

What should I do if I am given notice that Social Security wants to review my case after I already am receiving benefits?

Call us for free consultation Tel:(941) 351-9111

 

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