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  • Frequently Asked Questions about SSD Appeals

    What is the first step in the appeals process?

    After you receive a denial letter, you need to notify the Social Security Administration that you'd like to file a Request for Reconsideration. You or an attorney can do this by completing and sending Form SSA-561-U2 back to the SSA's offices.

    How long does an appeal take?

    The appeals process can take a long time. There are four stages in appealing a denied disability claim, but if you are successful at any of them, the process stops. The first step, request for reconsideration, can take up to a year if the SSA requires you to get more medical consultation and exams. The average amount of time needed to process a hearing with an administrative law judge, the next step, was 514 days in 2008. The Appeals Council Review and filing a suit in federal court can take a lot of time to process and resolve depending on the circumstances of your case.

    What happens if I don't make the deadline?

    If you don't appeal the decision within 60 days, you need to reapply for disability benefits. After the 60 day deadline passes, your application is discarded because the Social Security Administration handles millions of applications a year and cannot keep old ones.

    Can I still get a check while I am appealing the decision to stop benefits?

    Yes, in some cases. If you appeal a decision to stop benefits based on the fact that your condition is no longer disabling, you can continue getting a monthly check while you appeal. If you receive SSI payments and are appealing a decision to stop them, you can request that the Social Security Administration continue to pay them while you appeal.

    What if you don't agree with Social Security's decision?

    Appeal. As soon as you get the notice of denial, start the appeal process by calling an attorney at the Coye Law Firm to help you. You have 60 days to notify the SSA that you'd like to appeal their decision, so you have no time to waste.

    The attorneys of the Coye Law Firm want to guide you through the disability process. If your claim has been denied, you need someone to fight for you and work within the Social Security Administration's complex appeals process. Call us today for a free consultation.

    How long do I have to file an appeal?

    You have 60 days from the date you received your denial letter to appeal the decision.

    What if I don't agree with the date they say my disability started?

    You can appeal. If you feel that you are entitled to benefits starting from an earlier time than the SSA determined, contact an attorney to begin the appeals process. Some claimants are awarded more benefits because they can provide more or better documentation for their conditions.

    Call 407.648.4940 or contact Coye Law Firm today for a free consultation about your case.

    The expert disability attorneys at Coye Law Firm are experienced with Florida, New York, Michigan, and District of Columbia law and are here to help the disabled.

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    Download an absolutely free copy of my Special Report on disability benefits.

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    My report explains the basics of disability benefits, and gives a few hints and tricks that could speed up your disability claim. 

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  • Frequently Asked Questions about the SSD Process

    Do I need medical records from my doctor?

    A lot of people file applications online, so they submit their medical evidence separately. You will be asked to provide contact names, phone numbers, and addresses for your doctors and treatment sources. You will also be asked about your work history, so be prepared to share this information.

    The Coye Law Firm wants to help you win benefits after your first application. Call our offices to speak with an attorney who can schedule you for a free consultation and guide you to a successful claim.

    I won't need benefits for about 2 months. Can I wait?

    Don't wait to apply for benefits. The application and decision process takes a lot of time, and you might not even be approved for benefits immediately. Apply for benefits as soon as you qualify. The Coye Law Firm wants to help you win benefits after your first application. Call our offices to speak with an attorney who can schedule you for a free consultation and guide you to a successful claim.

    Where do I apply?

    Apply for disability benefits online at the Social Security Administration's website, or explore our Qualifying & Applying for Social Security Benefits page. Applying for Supplemental Security Income is more in-depth and requires a personal meeting with a representative at a local social security office. Enter your zip code on their website to find an office near you .

    How will I receive my benefits if my application is accepted?

    Beneficiaries can receive their payments in the form of a check or through direct deposit. The checks are sent through the mail and payments are made monthly.

    How long does it take to hear about my application?

    Three to five months. You will receive a letter in the mail letting you know whether or not your benefits were approved or denied. To check the status of your application, you can look it up online or call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213. The attorneys of the Coye Law Firm want to guide you through the disability process. If your claim has been denied, you need someone to fight for you and work within the Social Security Administration's complex appeals process. Call us today for a free consultation.

    Does my SSI/SSD approval entitle me to any other benefits?

    Yes. If your application for Social Security Disability benefits is approved, you can get Medicare coverage to help offset the cost of your medical care. Supplemental Security Income recipients can get Medicaid and food stamps to help them pay for essential services.

    When will my benefits stop?

    Your benefits continue for the length of your disability, until you return to substantial gainful activity, or become disqualified in any other way. When you reach retirement age, your Social Security disability benefits continue, but are called "retirement benefits" instead.

    How the Social Security Administration verify information

    When you apply for benefits, you will be asked to sign a document (either in person or online) that lets the Social Security Administration get records from your doctor. To verify your financial information, you may need to give the SSA copies of your tax returns or bank statements.

    Do benefits change from month to month?

    Not unless your income changes. Because SSI benefits are determined by deducting your income from a federal rate, your benefits will decrease if your income increases. SSD benefits are determined by your past work, so it is less likely that these benefits will change during your disability.

    How long does the application for benefits from the SSA take?

    The application for SSD benefits has three parts: the application itself, the disability report, and the form allowing your doctor to give medical information to the SSA. SSI also has three parts: the disability report, the form, and an interview either in-person or on the phone. Any of these steps can take a long time, especially the interview or mailing the form.

    The Coye Law Firm wants to help you win benefits after your first application. Call our offices to speak with an attorney who can schedule you for a free consultation and guide you to a successful claim.

     

    Call 407.648.4940 or contact Coye Law Firm today for a free consultation about your case.

    The expert disability attorneys at Coye Law Firm are experienced with Florida, New York, Michigan, and District of Columbia law and are here to help the disabled.

    Looking For More Information About Disability Law and Benefits?                                 Download an absolutely free copy of my Special Report on disability benefits.
    This invaluable resource is yours to keep with absolutely no obligation to us!

    My report explains the basics of disability benefits, and gives a few hints and tricks that could speed up your disability claim. 

    • 3 requirements you need to qualify for disability (Page 5)
    • The vital and crucial KEY to your disability claim (Page 7)
    • How to appeal a denied claim (Page 9)
    • How to maximize your benefits by combining different cases (Page 11)
    • Nine important tips to help win your disability case (Page 13)
    • And much more...

    Click here to request a copy now.

  • Frequently Asked Questions about Qualifying for SSD

    If my health improves enough for me to go back to work, do I lose my disability payments?

    The Social Security Administration has a work incentive program to assist people who can return to employment. The Administration recognizes that this may be easier said than done, however. They set up a trial work period of nine months that allows beneficiaries to test their ability to work while still receiving Social Security benefits. More information on their policies can be found here.

    Does workers' comp affect my social security disability benefits? What about unemployment?

    You can receive both social security disability benefits and workers compensation at the same time. However, your workers compensation check will be reduced to compensate for the extra money you'll be receiving. Under the law, the two payments together cannot equal more than 80% of your average weekly wage prior to your injury. Refer to our Social Security Disability page for more information on this form of financial assistance.

    To qualify for unemployment assistance, the law states that you must be able to work. If your doctor and attorney find that you are eligible to receive temporary total or permanent total disability benefits, then you are not eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits at that time.

    Can I claim other benefits, such as workers' compensation, along with Social Security Disability?

    You can file for disability benefits under workers compensation and Social Security, but both agencies need to be notified. The SSA states that benefits "may be reduced if you are also eligible for...disability benefits from certain federal, state, or local government programs" as well. The insurance attorneys at the Coye Law Firm can consult you on the sources of disability benefits you may want to claim. Additionally, our law firm can ensure that the steps are carried out to satisfy agency requirements and aid in communication.

    Can I file a claim for an unlisted disability?

    Yes. Even if your impairment isn't listed on the Social Security website, they will still consider your claim if it interferes with your ability to work.

    Can I claim disability for my child's accident?

    If your child is unable to work because of his traumatic brain injury, he can apply for disability benefits. His disability began before his 22nd birthday, so he is eligible for benefits without having work credits.

    Can I file a claim for SSD because of back injuries?

    Not based on the word of a chiropractor alone. The SSA doesn't consider chiropractor evaluations to be enough evidence to prove a disability. In this case, MRIs and other medical evidence provided by medical doctors and treating physicians would greatly improve the chances of receiving benefits.

    Can I get benefits because of my depression?

    Possibly. This condition certainly keeps a person from working, but it might not be enough to meet the requirements of your disability insurance plan or those outlined by the Social Security Administration.

    I can't go to the doctor for treatment. Can I get benefits?

    Yes, but it may be more difficult. If you apply for benefits from the Social Security Administration, they might ask you to get a doctor's exam before they approve your claim. They pay for the exam, so you won't have to worry about payment or insurance.

    Can I still work and get Social Security Disability benefits?

    In short, yes. If you have a mental or physical limitation that prevents you from earning a federal minimum, then you may be eligible for benefits. This means that those who are still working but have limits put on the type or length of work they do may receive benefits if they earn less than $980 a month. This number changes, but a lawyer at the Coye Law Firm can help you determine if you are eligible for these benefits.

    What are the injury qualifications for claiming disability?

    A "disability" means that you have a medically verified injury, illness, or condition that keeps you from doing any work. This means that if you can perform sedentary work, you can't receive disability. A person with a broken leg could still work while sitting down, so they are not qualified to get benefits.

    How long can I collect benefits?

    The Social Security Administration will continue to pay benefits "as long as your medical condition has not improved and you cannot work." The agency will periodically review a beneficiary's disabled status to ensure that the system is not being taken advantage of. If your benefits end and you are still reasonably disabled, contact a Social Security disability lawyer at the Coye Law Firm.

    I've been disabled and out of work for 2 months. Can I claim SSD benefits?

    The law states that a person must be considered disabled for five months before receiving benefits. However, your case may have other areas of liability, including workers' compensation and personal injury. contact the Coye Law Firm to find out if you may collect benefits another way.

    Wouldn't a disability at age 60 be different from one at 25? What are the age requirements for Social Security Disability?

    An adult from ages 19 to 49 is considered "younger" and is deemed to have the ability to adapt to work other than the work the person has done in the past. For a "younger" person, unless certain special things are present, they must prove that they cannot do even the simplest job that exists in "significant numbers" anywhere in the United States.

    For a person from ages 50 to 54 (considered a person "closely approaching advanced age,"), they must prove that the medical condition limits them to no better than sedentary work (basically a sit down job), that he or she cannot do any work done in the previous 15 years, and that this work did not give him or her any skills which apply to sedentary work.

    For a person over 55 ("advanced age" or "closely approaching retirement age") the person must show that he or she is limited by the medical condition to no better than light work, that he or she cannot return to any job done in the last 15 years and that he or she has no work skills which could be applied to any other light or sedentary job which is similar in terms of industry, tools, and work processes to that which the person has done before.

    What do I need in order to file a claim?

    You'll need proof of your disability in order to file a successful disability claim. This means that doctor's records, treatment verification, prescriptions, and other medical documentation should be submitted along with your claim form. If your carrier requests or requires more information or paperwork, submit that as soon as you can to begin receiving benefits.

    I'm still working, Do I qualify for benefits?

    In 2010, a person making less than $1000 per month is not engaging in "substantial gainful activity." If their condition is expected to last at least 12 months, they can apply for disability benefits. Individuals who are working and disabled might have a harder time getting benefits, but they should apply as soon as they qualify.

    The Coye Law Firm wants to help you win benefits after your first application. Call our offices to speak with an attorney who can schedule you for a free consultation and guide you to a successful claim.

    How do I know if/when I will get benefits?

    After you apply for benefits, you will have to wait a few months to get a decision. Whether the Social Security Administration approved or denied your benefits, you will receive a letter in the mail stating their decision. The SSA begins paying benefits in the sixth month after a person's disability starts; this date is included in the letter sent to your home.

    Are disability benefits enough to live off of?

    The answer to this question depends on how you live your normal life. If you are used to living on limited income, then you may be able to survive on disability payments. Most people, however, find that these necessary benefits are not enough to live off of but better than nothing. If your claim is denied, you need an attorney to help speed up your appeal.

    The attorneys of the Coye Law Firm want to guide you through the disability process. If your claim has been denied, you need someone to fight for you and work within the Social Security Administration's complex appeals process. Call us today for a free consultation.

    Will trying to work stop my benefits?

    Not right away. You can participate in trial work programs and continue receiving disability payments. You can work and earn an income over what is considered "substantial gainful activity" for nine months, not necessarily consecutive, within a five year period. Once you reach this limit, your benefits will stop.

    Do I need to see a doctor before I apply for benefits?

    Not necessarily. If you are unable to see a doctor for your disabling illness, injury, or condition, you can still apply for benefits. The application process is faster when you can provide documentation for your ailment, but some people may not be able to afford a doctor's visit. If the Social Security Administration requires you to visit a doctor before they authorize benefits, they will pay for the exam.

    What do you mean by "disability"?

    The Social Security Administration defines a disability as "a medical condition that prevents you from working and that is expected to last for at least one year or result in death." They have a list of impairments that qualify a person for benefits, but your condition doesn't necessarily have to be on that list to get payments.

    Call 407.648.4940 or contact Coye Law Firm today for a free, private strategy session about your case.

    The expert disability attorneys at Coye Law Firm are experienced with Florida, New York, Michigan, and District of Columbia law and are here to help the disabled.

    Looking For More Information About Disability Law and Benefits?                                 Download an absolutely free copy of my Special Report on disability benefits.
    This invaluable resource is yours to keep with absolutely no obligation to us!

    My report explains the basics of disability benefits, and gives a few hints and tricks that could speed up your disability claim. 

    • 3 requirements you need to qualify for disability (Page 5)
    • The vital and crucial KEY to your disability claim (Page 7)
    • How to appeal a denied claim (Page 9)
    • How to maximize your benefits by combining different cases (Page 11)
    • Nine important tips to help win your disability case (Page 13)
    • And much more...

    Click here to request a copy now.

  • How long does the application for benefits from the SSA take?

    The application for SSD benefits has three parts: the application itself, the disability report, and the form allowing your doctor to give medical information to the SSA. SSI also has three parts: the disability report, the form, and an interview either in-person or on the phone. Any of these steps can take a long time, especially the interview or mailing the form. 

    The Coye Law Firm wants to help you win benefits after your first application. Call our offices to speak with an attorney who can schedule you for a free consultation and guide you to a successful claim.

     

  • How do I appoint a representative?

    You can download, complete, and mail in a form from Social Security to appoint your representative. If you choose to hire an attorney to represent you, they can draw up all of the necessary paperwork so you won't have to worry about it. 

  • Are there any requirements for someone to be a representative?

    No. A claimant can choose whomever they want to represent them. However, the representative should have some familiarity with the Social Security Administration's appeals process and be able to accurately express how your medical condition affects yours life. 
     

  • I'm appealing the decision to stop benefits. Will I continue to receive checks while I go through this process?

    Yes, in some cases. If you appeal a decision to stop benefits based on the fact that your condition is no longer disabling, you can continue getting a monthly check while you appeal. If you receive SSI payments and are appealing a decision to stop them, you can request that the Social Security Administration continue to pay them while you appeal. 

     

  • If my disability insurance company or the Department of Veterans Affairs considers my conditions disabling, does the Social Security Administration think so also?

    No. Each organization that pays benefits has its own method and requirements for determining what constitutes a disability. 

  • What happens if I don't make the deadline?

    If you don't appeal the decision within 60 days, you need to reapply for disability benefits. After the 60 day deadline passes, your application is discarded because the Social Security Administration handles millions of applications a year and cannot keep old ones. 

  • How long do I have to file an appeal?

    You have 60 days from the date you received your denial letter to appeal the decision.