Frequently Asked Questions About Social Security Disability in Oklahoma
Answers from trusted attorneys in McAlester
Applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can be a complicated process, and the appeals that usually go along with them likely leave you with even more questions. At Stipe, Harper, Laizure, Uselton, Belote, Maxcey & Thetford, our skilled team of Oklahoma Social Security lawyers has dealt with all types of issues pertaining to this area of the law, and are here to answer any questions you may have.
Below you’ll find the most common questions we encounter, as well as answers that will help you determine if you should seek further legal action.
- What is the difference between SSD and SSI?
- How do I know if I’m eligible for SSI or SSD benefits?
- How do I apply for SSD or SSI benefits?
- When should I apply for benefits?
- How can I start the appeal process for a denied claim?
- Are members of my family eligible to receive my SSD or SSI benefits?
- If I am awarded Social Security Disability benefits, can I still work?
To learn more about your legal options when it comes to SSI and SSD, visit our Social Security overview page. One of our primary areas of practice is Social Security law, and we’re here to put our experience to work for you.
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SSD and SSI are similar programs, but their income limitations and disability requirements are very different. With SSD, you must make less than $1,000 per month to be considered disabled, while under SSI, the income limit is about $1,433 per month.
If you have worked at a job that is covered under the Social Security Act for a certain amount of time, you are likely eligible to receive SSD or SSI benefits. To be considered “disabled,” you must have a medical condition, illness or injury that will prevent you from working for at least one year.
Anyone may apply for Social Security Disability benefits with the Social Security Administration (SSA), either over the phone or online. However, in most cases you will find that your claim is initially denied, which is why it is important to work with an attorney to find your best appeal options.
If you have a disability that you expect will last for at least 12 months or more, you should immediately begin the process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits. The faster you submit your initial application, the sooner you will begin to receive benefits, if you qualify.
If your initial application for SSD or SSI benefits has been denied, the next step in the process is to file an appeal for reconsideration. The appeal process is complex, however, and so it’s important that you work with an experienced Oklahoma Social Security attorney to advise you.
In most cases, dependent children who are under the age of 18 and those who are still in high school are entitled to collect SSD and SSI benefits from their parents. There are certain exceptions to this rule, so be sure to ask your attorney if you have specific questions.
If you receive benefits through SSD or SSI, you will be allowed to work, but will likely need to do so with a significantly reduced work schedule. There are also limits to the amount of money you are allowed to make in outside income per month to continue to receive benefits.