Common Social Security Disability Questions and Answers

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At Stipe Law Firm, our attorneys understand how upsetting and confusing the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims process can be. You are worrying about paying the bills and coping with your medical problems, all while attempting to understand the different programs, benefits, requirements, and many complications.

Our Oklahoma Social Security Disability lawyers have a broad range of experience that enables us to answer all the questions you may have. Please feel free to contact us with any questions by making an appointment.

Answering your frequently asked questions about Social Security disability

What is the difference between Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? SSDI is for people who have a significant work history. Applicants need to be disabled, which means they cannot perform substantial gainful activity for a year or are likely to die soon. The average amount of benefits is about $1,250. SSI is for low-income workers. Applicants can include disabled children, disabled adults, people 65 and over, and people who are blind.

How do I apply for Social Security Disability benefits? Applicants can apply in person, online, or through a phone interview. Claimants need to make sure they have all the right records. Our Oklahoma Social Security Disability lawyers can help prepare your claim and are ready to handle all phases of the claim process.

When should I apply for benefits? The sooner you file for benefits, the better. SSI applicants are eligible for benefits immediately if they otherwise qualify. SSDI claimants need to wait five months before they are eligible.

What happens if my claim is denied? Many initial claims for SSDI or SSI benefits are denied. The notice normally gives you 60 days to appeal. The right choice is to contact our office. Our Oklahoma Social Security Disability lawyers understand the appeals process and are prepared to guide you through it.

Can family members get my SSDI or SSI benefits? In many cases, the answer is yes. If you get disability benefits, then a spouse, divorced spouse, children, disabled children, and adult disabled children under 22 can get benefits too. There are limits on the amount each relative and the entire family can get.

Can I work if I have a Social Security Disability award? If you work, your benefits may be reduced depending on how much money you make and how many hours you work. The Social Security Administration has precise guidelines on how much extra work you can make depending on your situation.

Speak with one of our respected Oklahoma Social Security Disability attorneys today

Our legal team at Stipe Law Firm is ready to help you now. An Oklahoma Social Security Disability attorney at our firm can answer your questions and explain the claims process. We work with your doctors and witnesses to prepare the best application and to ready each case for a hearing. Our lawyers explain all the options, including requests for reconsideration and appeals. Please call us at 918-558-2255 or fill out our contact form. From our McAlester office, we represent clients from across Oklahoma.