Frequently Asked Questions

The top Social Security Disability benefits questions asked in San Diego:

Q. How do I file an initial application for Social Security benefits?

If you've never applied for Social Security benefits before, we can walk you through the initial application process so that you get the right information to the SSA the first time. Many applications are denied at this level, it's important to have your application completed correctly the first time to save you time and frustration. Fill out the consultation form at the top of this website or call us today at 888-240-0714 and we can work with you right away.

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Q. 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.

Complete the form for a free case evaluation or call us toll free at 888-240-0714 today.

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Q. 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.

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Q. 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. Please contact our office for more detailed information on the non-medical requirements for SSI.

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

Yes! Many claims that are denied initially are awarded at a later stage.

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Q. What is the difference between SSI and SSDI?

The SSDI program pays benefits to eligible candidates if you have worked enough hours to earn enough credits. Credits are earned through Social Security taxes deducted from your paychecks. SSDI pays benefits to individuals who cannot work because they have a medical condition that is expected to last at least twelve months or may result in death. In order to qualify for SSDI you must have worked at least 5 of the last 10 years.

SSI Benefits are for individuals who are disabled and have a limited income and resources are eligible for Social Security Income (SSI). SSI's purpose is to help those with little or no income as it provides assistance to those in need of basic necessities (clothes, food, shelter, etc.). SSI is a federal program funded by general tax revenue, not Social Security taxes.

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Q. 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.

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Q. How long will the process take?

It can take 6 to 18 months to get through the process, including the Administrative Law Judge hearing decision stage.

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Q. What will it cost me?

There is no cost to you for our representation unless we are successful in obtaining your benefits. Once you win, our fee is calculated only on back-pay awarded to you no higher than 25% of past due benefits. Remember, you do not pay if you don't win.

Complete the form for a free case evaluation or call us toll free at 888-240-0714 today.

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Q. 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.

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Q. 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 refer you to free clinics and county facilities where treatment can be obtained free of charge.

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Q. How do I get started?

Complete the form for a free case evaluation or call us toll free at 888-240-0714 today.

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