Frequently Asked Questions
Social Security Disability
Yes, we help you file your initial application. If your application has been denied, call us as soon as possible as you typically only have 60 days from the date you were denied to request an appeal.
Several impairments would qualify you for benefits. These include back injuries, mental issues, heart disorders, joint impairments, muscles impairments, bone impairments, neurological disorders, central nervous system disorders, breathing problems, immune system disorders, and many more.
There are two different types of disability programs. The first is the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. If the applicant of a disability claim has minimal work history and/or little or no income history, the disability benefits claim would be in the form of SSI. This program is for disabled Americans who have a limited work history and qualify for disability benefits. You may qualify for this program if you have less than $2000 in assets as a single person or $3000 as a married person (not counting your house, one vehicle, or any belongings in your house). Those found disabled through the SSI program also get Medicaid benefits.
The second program is the Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) program. If the applicant has had an extensive work history, the disability benefit claim would be in the form of SSDI. This is the second disability program for Americans who have worked five out of the past ten years before their disability application and have paid a certain amount of taxes into the federal government. Those found disabled under this program qualify for Medicare within two years of the date of disability. It is possible to be eligible under both programs.
If your initial application is denied, you may have to wait several months before a hearing is scheduled. In Alabama it takes an average of 14 months for a hearing to be scheduled.
The most important thing that you can do to improve your chances is to see a doctor regularly. Disability claims are based primarily on medical evidence. It is important to maintain a positive relationship with your doctors. Great weight is given to a doctor’s statements in the medical records if that doctor has treated you for several months or longer. The medical records of specialists are given more weight than those of a general physician. For example, in a claim based on congestive heart failure, the records of your treating cardiologist would be stronger than the records of your family doctor. A claim involving depression or anxiety would require strong records of a treating physiatrist of psychologist.
We do not collect an attorney’s fee unless you are found disabled. Call us now at (205) 553-5353 for help receiving your Social Security disability benefits.