Social Security Disability FAQs

Below is a list of frequently asked questions regarding Social Security Disability in Florida. Click on the individual links below to find the answer.

What Qualifies As A Disability?.

How Do I Know If I Have Worked Enough To Qualify For SSDI?.

How Do I Know If I Qualify For Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)?.

SSDI Vs SSI: What’s The Difference?.

How Do I Qualify For Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?.

How To Apply For Social Security Disability Benefits.

How Much Will My Disability Benefits Be?.

How Long Does It Take To Get A Decision After I Apply For Disability Benefits?.

Why Your Claim May Be Denied And What To Do About It.

Can I Go Back To Work And Keep My SSD Benefits?.

What Qualifies As A Disability?

Being “disabled” can mean different things to different people, but the Social Security Administration has a strict definition of “disability.” To qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you must:

Documentation is key when submitting your SSDI application. Our highly qualified South Florida disability attorneys will help you gather all of your medical paperwork and navigate the complicated application process.

How Do I Know If I Have Worked Enough To Qualify For SSDI?

To qualify for SSDI, you must have paid enough into the Social Security system during the years you were working. In addition, you must have worked recently enough (within the last 10 years).

Social Security uses a system of “work credits” that are based on your annual income. A person can earn up to four credits per year.

In general, you will need 40 credits to qualify for SSDI, and 20 of those must have been earned in the past 10 years. However, the number of credits you need can vary depending on your age.

To learn more about how your work history affects your SSDI eligibility, read the Social Security Administration’s booklet ” How You Earn Credits.”

How Do I Know If I Qualify For Social Security Disability Insurance?

To be eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), you must:

Our knowledgeable Florida Social Security Disability lawyers will review the SSDI eligibility requirements with you and assess your situation to determine how you should proceed. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

SSDI Vs SSI: What’s The Difference?

The Social Security Administration manages two programs that may provide benefits to disabled workers. They differ in purpose and scope, and not all workers qualify for both.

An experienced Florida Social Security Disability attorney can help you determine whether you may qualify for SSDI, SSI or both, and file the necessary paperwork to seek benefits. If you have already applied and received an initial denial, our lawyers can help you appeal.

How Do I Qualify For Supplemental Security Income?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may be available to you if you have low income, limited resources and meet one of the following requirements:

It’s important to note that, unlike SSDI, your work history is not taken into consideration to qualify for SSI.

How To Apply For Social Security Disability Benefits

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be done online. To use the online application, you must be at least 18 years of age, not currently be receiving SSDI benefits on your own work record, and not have an application that was denied in the past 60 days. If your claim has been recently denied, you can file for an appeal online.

When you are ready to apply, start by gathering the following information:

How Much Will My Disability Benefits Be?

If you qualify for SSDI benefits, the amount will be determined based on how much you paid into the Social Security system during your working years. The SSA offers an online calculator to help you determine what your SSDI benefits would be. SSDI benefits are paid via direct deposit into your checking or savings account on a monthly basis.

If you qualify for SSI benefits, the amount you receive will be based on the maximum federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment amounts that are set each year. For 2017, those amounts are $735 for an individual and $1,103 for a couple per month. SSI benefits are also paid through direct deposit.

In addition to disability benefits, SSDI recipients may qualify for Medicare benefits, and SSI recipients may qualify for Medicaid.

How Long Does It Take To Get A Decision After I Apply For Disability Benefits?

There is no standard amount of time that people wait for a decision on their benefits. Some of the factors that can affect how long it takes to get an answer on your SSDI or SSI application are:

Our skilled South Florida Social Security Disability attorneys will help keep the process moving by ensuring your application is properly filled out and your documentation is in order.

Why Your Claim May Be Denied And What To Do About It

Many Social Security Disability claims are denied on the initial application. If your claim is denied, you can use the SSA’s online appeals application to start the appeals process. Before you appeal, however, it is wise to speak to an experienced SSD attorney as soon as you can. Your lawyer can help you determine why your claim was denied and gather the information you need to build a strong case on appeal.

Can I Go Back To Work And Keep My SSD Benefits?

The SSA does allow people to go back to work while still receiving Social Security Disability benefits. The goal is to help you try to rejoin the workforce without risking your benefits if you end up needing them.

To learn more, read the SSA’s booklet on ” Working While Disabled ─ How We Can Help.”

If you think you are ready to go back to work but do not want to risk losing your benefits, contact our attorneys to discuss your situation and make sure you understand the related rules.

More Questions? Schedule A Free Consultation To Discuss Your Disability Claim.

Whether you are just exploring the application process, trying to get together the information you need, or deciding what to do after your claim was denied, our dedicated South Florida disability lawyers can help. Schedule a free, no-obligation case consultation today to discuss your SSDI or SSI claim.

Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Sosa has offices in West Palm Beach and Port St. Lucie, and our committed SSD lawyers will travel anywhere in South Florida to meet at a place that is convenient for you.