Frequently Asked Questions About Social Security Disability Benefits

When you have been hurt in an accident or suffer from a debilitating illness, you may be unable to work and meet your financial needs and obligations. Fortunately, there’s a safety net — Social Security disability benefits are designed to provide a source of income for individuals who cannot work for at least 12 months because of illness or injury. The process for getting these benefits, unfortunately, can be complicated and time-consuming. You may have a lot of questions about how to proceed to secure the compensation you need.

At Aronberg, Kouser, Snyder & Lindemann, P.A., we have more than 35 years of experience successfully representing personal injury victims. We take an aggressive approach on behalf of our clients, using our considerable skill, knowledge, experience and resources to help you get the results you want. For a free initial consultation, contact our office by e-mail or call us at 856-429-1700 (toll free at 856-429-1700).

Things You Need to Know About SSDI Benefits

Q: How do I qualify for SSDI benefits?

A: To receive SSDI benefits, you must be out of work for at least one year. Because SSDI benefits are available based on your wage-based contributions, you must typically have worked in a Social Security-covered job for at least five of the last 10 years. Even if you don’t qualify for SSDI benefits based on your work experience, you may still qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Q: When can I file for SSDI benefits?

A: Even though benefits are only available for people who cannot work for more than 12 months, you don’t need to wait until a year has passed to file a claim if your injury is permanent. Under the law, you may pursue benefits if you have been disabled for more than a year, reasonably anticipate that you will not be able to work for more than a year or have been diagnosed with a condition that is expected to be terminal within a year.

Q: I suffered an injury at work and am receiving workers’ compensation. Can I get SSDI benefits at the same time?

A: You can, but you probably won’t receive full benefits from either source. If you are awarded SSDI benefits first, your workers’ compensation benefits will likely be lowered because of the SSDI benefits you are already receiving. If you seek SSDI benefits after being awarded workers’ compensation, your SSDI benefits will typically be offset by the amount of workers’ compensation you receive.

Q: Will the Social Security Administration look at my other assets to determine my eligibility for SSDI?

A: No. Income and net worth are not factors for determining eligibility for SSDI, only for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Contact Aronberg, Kouser, Snyder & Lindemann, P.A., Attorneys at Law

Contact us by e-mail or call our office at 856-429-1700 (toll free at 856-429-1700). Your initial consultation is free.

We take all SSDI claims on a contingency basis. You won’t be charged any attorney fees unless we recover compensation for your losses.

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