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Frequently Asked Questions On Social Security Disability

Do you have a disability that prevents you from working? Then, you may be able to receive Social Security disability (SSDI) benefits. This program is designed to offer financial assistance if you are disabled and meet specific criteria.

If you are applying for Social Security disability or were recently denied, you probably have many questions. These cases often require the services of an attorney to resolve successfully. Below are common Social Security disability questions. If you need additional information, our Illinois Social Security disability lawyers at Harold W. Conick & Associates can help.

How Does SS Determine That You Are Disabled?

To qualify for SSDI, your physical or mental condition must limit your ability to work. Not every illness will be eligible for benefits, so you should review the Social Security Administration’s Listing of Impairments to see if they have your health issue listed. If it is unlisted, you still might qualify for SSDI if you meet specific criteria and have the proper medical documentation.

How Much Are You Allowed To Make On SSDI?

To qualify for benefits, you must earn under $1,220 monthly. If you are visually impaired, the amount increases to $2,040. But you can do a trial work period to see if you can return to work. This nine-month period lets you earn enough through working without SSDI benefits.

What Are The Disabilities That Qualify For SSDI?

The disabilities listed on the SSA website include vision and hearing, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, hematological, endocrine, skin, mental, neurological, neoplastic diseases, immune system, and genitourinary issues.

What Do You Do If You Are Denied SSDI?

You can request an appeal hearing within 60 days to present your case to a judge. However, it takes approximately 16 months for the hearing to occur from the time you request the appeal. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to hire a Social Security disability attorney to represent you at the appeal hearing.

How Can You Survive Financially While Waiting For the SSDI Hearing?

It often is not easy for people waiting for a hearing. It is recommended to contact your family and friends for financial assistance. You can also contact state agencies, religious organizations, and food banks. Unfortunately, some people with disabilities must sell their possessions to survive financially.

How Long Does It Take To Get An Appeal Decision?

The decision usually comes within 30 to 60 days, but it can be longer. If you hired an attorney, they will try to get the decision from the judge as soon as possible. 

If You Get Benefits, How Long To Receive The First Check?

After the judge delivers the written decision, it may be 90-120 days before receiving the first SSDI check. After that, you could receive your monthly benefits before you get funds for the past benefits you are owed. If SSDI owes you back benefits, you will receive it in a lump sum. However, if you are owed more than $1,500, you will get another installment after 180 days and any remaining balance a few months later.

Contact Our Illinois Social Security Disability Lawyer Now

If you are disabled and waiting for SSDI, it can be difficult. Fortunately, an attorney can help with your case and increase the chances that you will be approved for benefits. Contact our Illinois Social Security disability lawyers at Harold W. Conick & Associates today at (800) 608-8881 for legal assistance.