Frequently Asked Questions About Social Security Disability Benefits
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These frequently asked questions about the four stages of the Social Security disability process touch on most of the most important issues. For more in-depth information about these or many other topics, browse our full library using the links above and to the right.
Frequently Asked Questions About Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits
- How can I tell if I am disabled enough to apply for Social Security disability benefits?
- How do I apply for Social Security disability or SSI benefits?
- Do you have any advice about applying for disability benefits?
Frequently Asked Questions About Appealing a Denial of Social Security Disability Benefits
- What happens if I am denied benefits and I do not appeal within 60 days?
- How do I appeal?
- What are the two biggest mistakes people make when trying to get disability benefits?
- Should I have my doctor write a letter to the Social Security Administration and should I gather medical records and send them to SSA?
- How much do lawyers usually charge?
Frequently Asked Questions About Social Security Disability Hearings
- How long will it take for a hearing to be held, a decision to be issued and for benefits to be paid?
- How will I be notified about the date of my disability hearing?
- What happens if I get a Notice of Hearing before I get a letter from my lawyer telling me about the date?
- Do I need to get medical records or reports for my lawyer?
- But what if my doctor gives me a report?
- What if the Judge sends me a form to be completed by my doctor?
- Should I send anything to the judge?
- Should I send my lawyer the “acknowledgment” that comes with the Notice of Hearing?
- Will I have to fill out any forms before my hearing?
- What will my lawyer do to prepare for the hearing?
- What can I do to help get ready for my disability hearing?
- Should I try to get letters from friends and relatives about my disability?
- Should I telephone my lawyer whenever I see a doctor?
- Under what circumstances should I telephone my lawyer?
Frequently Asked Questions After a Favorable Social Security Disability Benefits Decision
- Do I have to do anything such as visit the Social Security Office or complete some forms in order to get paid my Social Security disability benefits?
- How long will it take for SSA to pay me?
- How far back will my benefits go?
- What will the amount of my monthly benefits be?
- Will I receive a notice from the Social Security Administration explaining my benefits?
- When will I get the Notice of Award?
- Should I sign up for direct deposit?
- If l get paid first, should I wait until I receive the Notice of Award before I cash the check or spend my past-due benefits?
- Why would there be a problem if I were overpaid?
- When will my regular monthly benefits begin?
- Will I be eligible for Medicare?
- The cover sheet of the favorable decision says that the Appeals Council may review the decision “on its own motion.” What does this mean?
- I understand that I should not spend all of my back benefits until we figure out if attorney’s fees were withheld. Does it happen very often that attorney’s fees are not withheld?
- What’s the difference between attorney’s fees and expenses?
- Will the check for attorney’s fees be sent out around the same time that I get my check for back benefits?
- Will I have to pay taxes on the Social Security disability benefits I receive?
- What is a “continuing disability review”?
- What will I have to do for a “continuing disability review”?
- What if the Social Security Administration finds that my disability has ceased but I’m still not able to work?
- Is there anything that I can do now to help ensure that my benefits will continue?
- Is the Social Security Administration going to make it as difficult to keep my benefits as it did to get them in the first place?
- Is there anything I can do to make dealing with the Social Security Administration easier?