At Fetterman & Associates, PA we have a great deal of experience helping people get disability benefits from social security. We often see the same questions over and over.
Below is a quick overview of common questions and their answers. If you have additional questions, feel free to call our office at 561-845-2510. You can also find out more about denied claims, which injuries are covered, and qualifying for Social Security Disability (SSD) by clicking on these links.
1. Who determines whether I’m disabled?
Unfortunately, you cannot simply state that you are disabled to start receiving benefits. Instead, the Florida Department of Health will make that determination.
There is a specific branch of the Florida Department of Health—the Division of Disability Determinations—that makes this decision for all Florida residents. This division will also do Continuing Disability Review for disability beneficiaries. They follow the requirements set out by the Social Security Administration to determine disability.
2. How good are my approval chance for SSD?
Up to 70% of all disability benefit applications get denied on the first try. However, roughly 50% of those that are heard by administrative law judges will be approved. That means that you may need to put in some additional effort beyond the application to get your application approved.
3. How long will it take to get a decision for Social Security Disability?
There really isn’t a good answer to this question. It can take as little as a month, or it can take as long as two years to be approved. There really aren’t any deadlines for applications or appeals, so that makes predicting how long a case will take difficult.
However, if your condition is serious, then you are likely to move through the process faster. On average, the initial consideration can take three or fourth months. The reconsideration can take another few months, but it can be much sooner or later as well.
4. What kind of evidence will they use to decide my SSD claim?
Medical evidence is vital in a Social Security disability case. They may want to see your complete medical records, including treatment notes, therapy programs, and MRI, CAT scan, and X-ray results. These records should be both recent and accurate.
A simple report that you have a serious condition, for example, will not be enough. The Social Security Administration requires detailed records to evaluate your claim.
5. Can I go back to work and still get benefits?
You can go back to work while receiving SSD. However, there are limitations on how much you can work and still get benefits. There are special rules in place that encourage you to go back to work if you are able.
If you think you might be able to go back to work, but are unsure, you can take advantage of a Trial Work Period that lets you try to work while still receiving benefits. Other rules may also be helpful.
For more information about SSD benefits, contact the experienced Social Security attorneys at Fetterman & Associates, PA today.