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Social Security Assistance

Do I Qualify For Social Security Disability?

To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you must first have worked in jobs covered by Social Security. You must also have a medical condition that meets Social Security's definition of disability. Social Security Disability Benefits usually continue until you are able to work again on a regular basis. 

If you are receiving Social Security disability benefits when you reach full retirement age, your disability benefits automatically convert to retirement benefits, and the amount will remain the same.

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How To Apply For Social Security Disability?

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be a daunting task. Forms to fill out, personal and medical documents to organize, all while you are in a distressing situation. You can apply for Social Security Disability benefits on your own, risking the chance that you may make a mistake on your application and causing a delay of a judgement in your case.

Hiring a professional to assist you through the process will give you peace of mind and confidence that your application is professionally prepared. Be part of the majority of applicants that are approved for benefits by having the assistance of a professional Social Security Disability advocate or attorney. 

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The Process

Social Security pays benefits to people who cannot work because they have a medical condition that is expected to last at least one year or result in death. Federal law requires this very strict definition of disability. While some programs give money to people with partial disability or short-term disability, Social Security does not. 

After submitting your Social Security Disability application, a representative will evaluate your application to see if you meet the basic requirements. They will also evaluate your current monthly income. 

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Social Security Disability Appeals

After denial of your initial claim by the DDS you must file a “Request for Reconsideration” within 60 days of your denial. A DDS examiner, that did not work on your case, will evaluate your case file and determine if your denial was made in error. 

If you receive a denial of your reconsideration, you once again have 60 days to file for an Administrative Hearing where you present your disability claim to an Administrative Law Judge. The hearing date may be scheduled from three months to one year from the filing date. After the closing of the hearing, the judge will make a determination and notify you of the decision, in writing. The notification process typically takes two months.

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