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Frequently Asked Questions About Social Security Disability

How Long Will My Case Take?

A typical Social Security Disability case can take from four months to 3 1/2 years. In rare cases, the process can take longer. The length of time depends on the types of injuries or disabling conditions that are keeping you from working for 12 months or longer when combined with your age, education and work history.

What Types Of Cases Do You Take?

Our firm helps individuals with Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income claims every step of the way, from the initial application process and on through the Appeals Council stage. If your case is denied beyond that, we will consider the federal district court stage, but under a new retainer agreement.

What If I Lose At The Appeals Counsel?

We will discuss your legal options, including whether filing an appeal in federal district court is the next step. The federal district court level contends with the facts of law and only select cases will merit going to this level.

What Types Of Injuries Are Covered?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a comprehensive list of physical, neurological, psychiatric and impairments that affect other body systems that may qualify you for SSDI or SSI benefits. Medical evidence is required to meet SSA’s definition of disability, which is an impairment that prevents you from working for 12 months or longer.

What Is The Difference Between SSDI And SSI?

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) pays benefits to you and your dependents if you worked and paid Social Security taxes during the years you worked for five out of your last 10 years of employment. For individuals with “work credits” and qualified disabilities, the SSA considers you insured and pays SSDI benefits.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) pays monthly benefits to disabled individuals who do not have a sufficient record of working but have a financial need along with meeting the standard for disability.

What If My Child’s Disability Will Prevent Future Gainful Employment?

Is your “adult child” unmarried, age 18 or older and was disabled before the age of 22? Your disabled young adult may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). We invite you to contact our firm to discuss your options for helping your child apply for income. If one parent is retired on SSRI or disabled and receiving SSDI, your disabled adult child may draw increased benefits on the record of that parent.

What Is The Cost To Consult With A Social Security Attorney?

At The Johnson Law Firm LLC, we offer consultations to discuss your SSDI/SSI matter. We have over 30 years of experience helping New Jersey residents get the income they need when they are unable to work. Call our office in Freehold at 732-333-8751 or email us to schedule a consultation with a knowledgeable lawyer.