Social Security Disability: Most Common Questions
Trying to proceed through the Social Security process can be overwhelming, and you can be struck with many questions about Social Security Disability Insurance. From concerns about how the claims process works to understanding what type of compensation you are eligible for, there are several things you must know before you can be successful in the social security process.
Fortunately, with the help of an experienced Social Security disability insurance attorney, you can rest assured that you are properly progressing through the claims process.
Do I Need a Social Security Disability Insurance Attorney?
This is often the first question that many Social Security applicants ask themselves. The reality is that an attorney dramatically increases your chances of success. An attorney will understand the Social Security Disability Insurance requirements and will be able to ensure that your case is progressing properly.
Attorneys have experience on how to best present your case so that it is favorably received and assist in ensuring your claim is persuasive. Also, your attorney will be familiar with all the required due dates so that you do not need to even worry about filing required documentation or missing deadlines. All in all, your attorney will prove to be invaluable as he or she can answer any questions you might have and make sure you are adequately prepared for any situation that comes your way.
What if My Case Gets Denied?
The first thing you need to do if you are denied social security disability insurance is to check your appeal deadline. In most cases, you have 60 days following your denial to appeal your Social Security Disability case. The next step is to find out exactly why your claim was denied. This information is listed in your denial letter, and you will find detailed reasoning as to why your claim was not approved. If your claim was denied for technical reasons, then you should strongly consider filing an appeal.
You have the option to either file an appeal or reapply. In most cases, it is best to appeal the decision on your original case directly. If you appeal, you can have a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), where the judge will have the opportunity to reverse the decision. Further, if you chose to re-apply, you will be forfeiting any potential past-due benefits from your first case.
What Doctor Should I See?
It is common for Social Security to send you a notice to see one of their doctors, this letter may say something about a “consultative exam.” In most cases, you are are receiving this request simply because the Social Security Administration does not have enough medical information on you to make a decision on your claim. Thus, they require that you get an examination from a practitioner. It is likely that you will be seen by a specialist who will go through a routine examination with you.
If you have questions or are concerned about seeing a doctor that is not your own, you should speak with your qualified Social Security Attorney. Your attorney will advise you on what the typical exam process is like and will offer you insight on how to be successful. Note that you should always be honest with the examining doctor. Should it later be revealed that you were not forthcoming during the examination, your case may be immediately denied.
Can I Work While Pursuing My Claim?
You are allowed to work while you pursue your claim as long as you make less than the Substantial Gainful Activity figure. In 2017 this figure is earnings of $1,170.00 per month. However, the Social Security Administration may take into account the amount you are earning and the type of work you are performing when they are deciding on your claim.
Do You Need Help?
Krasno, Krasno, & Onwudinjo has been committed to helping those who are unable to work due to injury or illness. Our Social Security disability insurance team in Pennsylvania is ready to stand up for you and your family during your time of need.
We handle Social Security Disability Insurance cases on a contingency basis; this means that we do not charge a fee unless we get you the benefits you deserve. Our dedicated team believes in our process and will be able to ensure that your claim is being handled efficiently and effectively. An attorney can be the extra voice that is needed while you fight for your Social Security disability insurance benefits. Contact us today at 877-299-0779.