Social Security Disability Attorney in Orlando
Many people who have become disabled have many questions regarding their future and how to go about receiving their benefits. If you have been working and paid into the Social Security system, you may be eligible to receive benefits. After reading through some of the most commonly asked questions, if you still face concerns regarding your particular situation and what you may be eligible to receive, it is important that you contact our firm. At the Law Offices of Joseph J. Mancuso, PA, you will receive outstanding legal representation from aggressive and experienced legal attorneys.
Am I eligible to receive Social Security benefits?
There are a few requirements to be able to qualify for Social Security Disability. The most important requirement requires that you have paid into the Social Security system for long enough to be considered covered in the event that you become disabled. Secondly, your disability must be projected to last longer than twelve months and be considered severe enough that you are unable to work. An attorney can help you define specific aspects of your situation and guide you on the best legal path to take.
What is Social Security Disability?
Social Security Disability is any benefit that you receive from Social Security after becoming disabled and unable to work. The money will come out of the money that you and many other workers have paid into the system and will be paid to you through the Social Security Administration.
Do I need to be unemployed to receive Social Security?
Not necessarily. You can still be employed as long as your salary or pay does not exceed approximately $830 a month. Most people, however, need to apply for SSD because of a disability that is so severe, they can no longer work or provide for their family.
How do I apply for disability?
Applications for SSD are available online and in person. Through the Social Security website, you may be able to apply online for disability benefits. Applying online can help start your claim immediately and can be done at home. If you wish to apply in person, you will need to visit a local Social Security office and ensure that you bring all necessary paperwork and identification with you.
I have been denied Social Security Disability. What do I do?
If you have been denied benefits, it is important that you work with an attorney. It is actually fairly common to be denied benefits in the first few stages. If you have all necessary qualifications to receive Social Security and have still been denied, you may make an appeal within the first 60 days of your initial denial letter.
Will I have to go to court?
Most likely, yes. Once you have been denied, most judges will request your presence at a Reconsideration hearing. If you are working with an attorney at this point, you and your attorney will both be present at the hearing. You may testify regarding your disability and medical problems and request an appeal of your denied benefits.
When will I be paid my Social Security benefits?
If you were not denied benefits, or fought to receive your benefits, you can expect to be paid approximately one month before your first payment. Past benefits will be paid in a lump sum and a predetermined check amount will be received on a monthly basis after that.
Is my family covered under SSD?
Sometimes, if you were the sole bread-winner in your home, you may be able to have your children and spouse eligible to receive benefit payments as well. This is specific to a case-by-case basis and an attorney can help you determine if you or your family will be eligible.
Do I need to have been involved in an accident to receive disability?
Your disability does not need to be caused by an accident; although accidents or work-related injuries do sometimes require the assistance of SSD, it does not always have to be the case. Sometimes birth defects, diseases and acquired mental or physical conditions can lead to the onset of a disability that allows you to be unable to work.
Can I still receive Medicare or Medicaid?
Yes. Receiving Medicare and Medicaid is still possible while receiving Social Security Disability benefits. You will become eligible after at least three years from the date of your disability. Your eligibility will also be reviewed approximately every three years as well.
Can a child qualify for SSD benefits?
No. If your child is under the age of 18, they will not receive Social Security Disability; however, if they do have a disability, they may be able to receive Social Security Income. This complicated issue should be first brought up and discussed with an attorney before taking any legal action.
I still need help! What should I do now?
If you still have questions regarding your Social Security, your benefits or your eligibility to receive Social Security Disability, it is important that you contact an attorney. An experienced and aggressive lawyer from the Law Offices of Joseph J. Mancuso, PA may be able to help your case. With a successful track record and over 50 years of combined experience, you can rely on our firm to provide you with outstanding and tenacious representation.
Contact us today to speak with an Orlando disability attorney and schedule your free case evaluation.