Answering Your Social Security Disability Questions
It is no secret that the complicated matters surrounding Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits can leave someone with more questions than answers. At Malone Bailey, we help Minnesotans through all challenges related to SSD benefits, including answering complicated questions. Below are answers to some of the more common questions we receive.
How do I qualify for SSD in Minnesota?
To qualify for these benefits, you will need to have worked in jobs that were covered by Social Security, and you must now have a medical condition that prevents you from working regularly. You will need to meet certain conditions, so you will have to prove that you earn less than a certain amount of income in a month, the severity of your condition, your condition is on the list of disabling conditions and your ailment keeps you from working. You also will have to determine if you can do other forms of work.
How do I apply for SSD?
While you have the ability to apply for SSD benefits online or by calling the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) office, reaching out to us should be your first step in your application. We can help you build your strongest case possible before submitting your application.
What if my SSD claim is denied?
Just because the SSA denied your application, it does not mean that your pursuit of SSD benefits is over. We can help you by appealing the SSA’s decision so you can obtain the benefits you are looking for. By bolstering your application with supporting evidence like additional medical information, we can help increase the odds of your case’s success.
How does advance designation work?
In the event that your illness or disability keeps you from managing your own SSD benefits, you will need someone who can act on your behalf. The SSA allows you to use advance designation to appoint up to three people who can act as your “representative payee” and manage your benefits on your behalf. With this security measure in place, your best interests are protected even when you cannot do it yourself.
Who will be at my hearing?
Generally, an administrative law judge, a vocational expert and sometimes a medical expert will be at your hearing. Court staff, including a judicial staff member and a court reporter, may also be present. With your permission, family or friends may attend.
What is the difference between SSI and SSDI?
Both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are benefits provided by Social Security. While you can receive SSDI and SSI benefits simultaneously, the programs and eligibility differ.
SSI is a supplemental benefit for those who are age 65 or older, are disabled or blind, and have low income and limited assets. Eligibility for SSI benefits depends on their income and financial resources. SSDI benefits are meant to assist disabled workers, disabled surviving spouses and the children of disabled, retired or deceased workers. You must meet the SSA’s strict definition of “disabled” to qualify for benefits and the requirements of two different earnings tests.
Social Security is sending me to a consultative exam, do I have to attend?
A consultative exam is a common practice and is a normal part of the process. We encourage our clients to attend to provide additional information that will help the SSA process your claim. Depending on the injuries you have alleged, your consultative examination may include a physical or psychological evaluation by an independent doctor.
If I’m awarded benefits, will my child receive benefits too?
Only SSDI provides benefits to dependents. Typically, your child will receive up to 50% of your total SSDI benefits until they turn 18.
Do I really need an SSD attorney?
The assistance and representation we offer our clients can make the difference in whether or not you secure the outcome you deserve in your case while also minimizing the time it takes to reach that outcome. We can also help you avoid making mistakes that could cost you the benefits you need.
If you are ready to meet with our committed, skilled and compassionate lawyers, contact us today. For an attorney you can depend on for your SSD needs, call 952-209-9018 or email us here to schedule your initial consultation today.