Social security disability is an insurance designed to assist U.S. citizens whose disabilities prevent them from earning a living and supporting themselves or their families. Of course, the U.S. government tends to be rather selective about who can qualify for this insurance – applicants must meet several qualifications in order to be considered eligible to be on social security disability. Even then, a social security disability attorney is sometimes required to help ensure that you get the financial compensation you need and deserve. This week, the team at Deputy & Mizell, LLC is here to help you get a better understanding of social security disability and social security insurance.


Social Security Disability FAQ

1.  What Is The Difference Between SSD and SSI?
SSD (Social Security Disability) and SSI (Social Security Insurance) are similar in that they are both disability programs that offer cash benefits to disabled individuals, but they have very different financial eligibility requirements.

2.  Who Determines Whether Or Not I’m Disabled?
Claims examiners at the state disability determination agency are responsible for making this decision.

3.  What Is Disability Determination Services?
Disability Determination Services is the agency whose employees decide who qualifies for disability. Each state has its own agency.

4.  How Do I Apply For Social Security Disability Benefits?
Contact your local social security office and state that you wish to file an application for social security disability benefits. The people at the office will be able to walk you through the initial steps.

5.  When Should I Apply For Social Security Disability Benefits?
Generally, social security disability claims take a long time to complete. Consequently, we recommend applying for social security disability as soon as possible.

6.  What Can I Do If My Social Security Disability Or SSI Claim Gets Denied?
If your claim is denied, you should immediately request an appeal. It is crucial that you submit your appeal within the 60-day deadline.

7.  How Long Will My Appeal Take?
It is impossible to predict exactly how long the appeal process will take. It will depend on several different factors, such as the condition of your medical records, the type of claim, and claims examiner’s workload.

8.  Will I Have To File More Than One Appeal?
Generally, the rule of thumb is that if your initial claim for disability benefits is denied, your first appeal will be denied as well. You may need to file multiple appeals before your claim is approved.

9.  Are There Certain Medical Conditions That Guarantee Automatic Approval For SSD?
Yes, there are certain conditions for which disability is approved automatically; however, you must meet all of the listed requirements.

10.  If I Can Work Part-Time But Not Full-Time, Can I Still Get Disability Benefits?
Each case is different, but it is not uncommon to be denied social security benefits if you are able to work part-time but not full-time.

More Questions? 
View our complete list of social security disability questions and answers on our website: deputyandmizell.com/social-security.html

Meet Your New Social Security Disability Attorney!

Derek Brown, Attorney at Law

Derek Brown is our resident social security disability specialist, and we are proud to announce that his new emphasis as a social security disability attorney in central Missouri is growing rapidly. Derek went to high school at Camdenton (where he played football for the Lakers), earned his undergraduate degree at Drury University, and attended two separate law schools: University of Tulsa College of Law and University of Missouri School of Law.

A native to Camdenton, Derek understands the unique challenges and advantages that individuals in our area face. If you are dealing with a difficult social security disability claim (or would like to ward off unnecessary challenges before they arise), contact Derek to discuss your social security disability claim at the Lake of the Ozarks. He would be honored to work with you!


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