Social Security Disability FAQ
- Do I need to hire a lawyer to represent me in my Social Security Disability claim?
No, not necessarily. You can pursue a Social Security Disability (SSD) claim on your own, but claimants represented by attorneys are statistically more likely to be awarded benefits than those who take on the Social Security Administration (SSA) alone.The Boston Social Security Disability lawyers at Jason Stone Injury Lawyers have experience helping people with SSD claims, and we want to help you, too.
- How long do I have to wait after becoming disabled before I can file for Social Security Disability benefits?
You don’t have to wait at all. In fact, you should file for SSD benefits immediately after becoming disabled. You have up to one year from the date you become disabled to file before you risk losing your rights to benefits.If you are suffering from a serious illness or injury and expect to be out of work for one year or more, don’t delay—file your claim for SSD benefits now.
- Can I get both workers’ compensation and SSD benefits?
Yes, it is possible to receive both types of benefits depending on the facts of your claim. If you are receiving workers’ compensation benefits for a work-related injury, you can still file a claim for SSD benefits. However, there is a benefits offset that limits the total amount of money you can receive.In addition, when workers’ compensation benefits end, you may still be eligible for SSD benefits.
- Do you have to be permanently disabled to get SSD benefits?
No. To qualify for SSD benefits, you must have a condition that is expected to last for at least one year or result in death.If you have questions about how to qualify for benefits, contact our Social Security Disability attorneys today. Call us 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (800) 577-5188 or fill out our quick and free initial consultation form.
- How does the Social Security Administration determine if I am disabled?
When you file for SSD benefits, the SSA examines your medical evidence to analyze your level of disability based on strict eligibility guidelines. To qualify for SSD benefits, the SSA must determine that you are unable to do the work you did before, or any other type of work.Our Boston Social Security Disability lawyers can help you gather the necessary medical evidence and complete legal documentation to build a strong SSD benefits claim on your behalf.
- How do lawyers who represent SSD claimants get paid?
At Jason Stone Injury Lawyers, we offer the No Fee Guarantee®. That means we don’t get paid unless you collect the benefits you’re owed. If you do collect benefits, your attorney receives a capped portion of the benefits.