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Common Questions About Social Security Disability

The Social Security disability process can be intimidating to some people, and quite often, potential applicants have many questions. For example, interested persons typically want to know whether or not they should even apply for benefits. You should note that you will likely be awarded disability benefits if you are not currently gainfully employed and you have a severe impairment that will last 12 months or more (or result in your death). Also, you will likely get benefits if you have a disability that meets at least one of the Social Security Administration’s listed impairments; however, if your disability does not meet a listed impairment, you may still get benefits if you are no longer able to work. A skilled Jacksonville Social Security disability attorney can further advise you regarding the specifics of your case.

Potential claimants also have questions about when they should apply for benefits and whether or not an attorney is needed in order to make application. In general, unless your disability is obviously a long-term impairment, the best time for you to make application is approximately six to nine months after you have stopped working. With respect to your need for an attorney’s help with the application process, most applicants will not need legal assistance at the time of application, unless there is something especially peculiar about his or her case. As a matter of fact, the majority of claimants wait until their claims have been denied at the reconsideration level before employing an attorney, and it is widely agreed that this timing is beneficial because it is at the hearing that an attorney can really make a difference.

Many people often have questions about what disability attorneys do and how they can assist them specifically with their case. A knowledgeable Jacksonville Social Security disability will take the time to study the facts of your case in order to determine what needs to be proven for you to win benefits, figure out how to prove those facts, and then collect all necessary evidence, to include doctors’ reports, vocational expert evaluations, and any additional reports from specialists.

Another common question that is asked among applicants concerns how long it will take for them to get a disability hearing. Unfortunately, depending on your jurisdiction, and it can take up to two years from the time of request for a hearing before a hearing is actually held and a decision is made.