The Social Security Administration (SSA) does have strict requirements when it comes to applying for Social Security Disability (SSD). If you’ve started thinking about applying for benefits, there’s a solid chance you’ve read a lot of horror stories about the process. This is one of the most popular misconceptions and is often confusing to people. If you have been disabled by an illness or injury that has lasted or is expected to last 12 months, you may qualify for SSD benefits. It’s actually in your best interest to start the application process as soon as your doctor informs you that your condition will hinder your ability to work. The process of applying for SSD benefits can be complex and take a lot of time, so if you believe you may be eligible, you’ll want to speak to a Social Security attorney right away.
Can I Receive Social Security Benefits and Worker’s Compensation At The Same Time?
If your injury or illness came from your workplace, you should apply for workers’ compensation right away. That said, if you receive workers’ compensation, there’s a chance your SSD benefits may be reduced. The Social Security Administration takes into consideration your monthly SSD benefits. They then add that to the amount of workers’ compensation you qualified for. If that combined amount is over 80% of your most recent earnings, anything over 80% will be deducted from your SSD payments. Navigating two different benefits systems can be tricky, you’ll want to consult with an experienced attorney before submitting your paperwork.
Can I Work If I’m Receiving Benefits?
This is one of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to navigating the world of disability benefits. The Social Security Administration wants individuals who are receiving benefits to work if their condition allows. There are a very specific set of rules that allow people who receive benefits to work and still get their monthly benefits. These are called “work incentives”. That said, if you earn more than a set amount, which is adjusted yearly, you will no longer be eligible for SSD benefits. If you’re curious about what the SSD benefits look like for your situation, contact an experienced Social Security attorney for a free consultation.
Does Hiring a Lawyer to Help Me Apply for Benefits Cost Too Much?
People think of hiring lawyers as something only the very wealthy can do. This is not the case. In fact, there are laws that cap the amount a lawyer can charge to help you with an SSD benefits case. The amount also is based on contingency, which means your lawyer can only charge you legal fees if you’re awarded SSD benefits. This number is capped as well. At the end of the day, hiring a Social Security attorney who can help you successfully navigate the process of applying for SSD benefits can ultimately save you time and money. Call Walton Law LLC at 251-455-5819 to schedule an appointment with one of our highly qualified Social Security attorneys.