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Social Security Disability Frequently Asked Questions



If you're considering whether you can apply for Social Security Disability, chances are you have a condition of some sort that is making it very difficult to work and have an income to support yourself or your family. The Social Security Administration is one of the larger bureaucracies in the U.S. government, making it confusing for those who just want to have some relief from financial worries while they handle their disabling conditions.

If you have any questions not listed here, you should contact a social security disability attorney. An attorney can help you fill out your forms and go over them with you to make sure that you haven't made any mistakes.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Qualifies As a Disability For The Social Security Administration?
    • You have a disability according to the SSA if you cannot do work you did before, you can't adjust to other work due to your conditions, and if your disability has or is expected to last at least one year or until death.

  • How Long Does It Take For SSD Benefits To Be Approved?
    • It is supposed to take 120 days for a Social Security Disability application to be processed, but many applicants report that it may take up to a year for SSD approval. If you have one of 165 acute conditions under the SSA's "Compassionate Allowance" definition, your application may be processed within a few weeks. Your first payment will be applied retroactively five months after the date of onset for your disability. This sounds confusing, but it means that if you apply for disability in May 2012 and the disability began in February 2012, you will receive payments beginning from July 2012, even if your SSD isn't approved until September.

  • How Much Will I Get From SSD Payments?

    • SSD benefits vary widely from person to person based on income. Some SSD recipients have some income, while others have more extensive financial requirements. SSD beneficiaries receive anywhere from $300 per month to $2,200, with an average of about $1,100 per month.

  • How Do I Survive Until My SSD Application Is Approved?
    • Some states offer temporary disability benefits or interim public assistance to help support you while your SSD application is processed. Contact your lawyer for more information about state disability policies where you live.

For help filing a SSD application or assistance with anything related to securing Social Security Disability payments for yourself or a loved one, contact a SSD lawyer today!