FAQ: Social Security Disability
Am I eligible for Social Security Disability benefits?
There are a few guidelines in place. Most importantly though is that your injury, illness or condition keeps you out of work for over a year.
Do I need to hire an attorney?
You are in no way obligated to hire a lawyer. However, having a team of attorneys working with you can be an invaluable resource. From filing the initial paperwork, to advocating your claim in court, and through any necessary appeals processes, retaining counsel can help expedite your claim and maximize your returns.
What if I can’t afford a doctor?
Social Security Disability benefits can retroactively cover your medical bills. If you are in need of ongoing care, these benefits can provide for that as well.
How much will Kaplan Lawyers PC charge?
If we don’t win your case, we don’t charge a cent. If are able to win you benefits, the government apportions a percentage of these benefits to cover our fee. This is standard practice in nearly every law firm.
If I win my case, does that mean I am entitled to health insurance?
Depending on the particular type of benefits you end up receiving, you will be entitled to either Medicare or Medicaid coverage.
How do I apply for Social Security Disability benefits?
If you contact Kaplan Lawyers PC, we can get you started. Our consultations are free, and we can let you know if you are eligible for compensation.
How do I know if I have a case?
That’s something our team of professionals will help determine. If you’ve been forced to work less hours, or have been forced out of work completely due to an injury or illness, it may be best to contact us to learn about your rights.
What if my claim is denied?
If your claim is denied, there is further legal recourse. If your claim is denied, you can have your case heard by an Administrative Law Judge for a second review. After this, there is an appeals process that can be initiated.
Can I work while on Social Security Disability?
In some cases, you may continue working while receiving these benefits. The aid will act as a supplement to your income if your hours, and therefore wages, lessen due to your impairment.
How are Social Security Disability benefits calculated?
Social Security Disability benefits are need-based, and your compensation will correlate with your previous earnings and your level of need. In most cases, we will be able to cover your medical expenses and negotiate additional cost-of-living payments.
What must I prove to receive SSD benefits?
At Kaplan Lawyers PC, we know that proving a case takes a multi-faceted approach including the presentation of valid medical evidence combined with compelling proof that your impairment is debilitating. Social Security regulations are rigorous, but we’ve handled enough cases to know how to best prove the validity of your case. Combining cutting-edge technology and a thorough understanding of the intricacies involved, we’ve won results for the vast majority of our clients.
Is it possible to receive both Social Security Disability and Workers’ Compensation benefits simultaneously?
It is possible, yes. However, receiving both benefits at the same time may lessen the amount you receive from each.
What is Supplementary Security Income?
It is a program designed to help the elderly and disabled, particularly those with low incomes. The benefits paid out with these programs can help allay the cost of medical bills or provide for the care of citizens over the age of 65.
Do I pay taxes on Social Security Disability benefits?
Depending on your income, and what percentage of your income comes from these benefits, determines whether or not you pay taxes on your SSD payments. Whether you are filing jointly or as an individual also affects whether or not you will need to pay taxes.
How will I know when to apply?
If you have been out of work for 12 months, or a doctor believes that your injury will prohibit you from returning within the year, you should file for SSD benefits immediately. Doing so will help us best protect your rights and ensure your rewards are just.
What happens if I return to work?
If you return to work, your compensation may not necessarily end. If you re-injure yourself after coming back, or your condition worsens in any way, it may be possible to resume receiving Social Security Disability benefits.
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