What are the Types of Social Security Benefits?
- Social Security Disability Insurance: SSDI is the most important form of assistance available, given to a disabled person who has worked a full-time job in the recent years prior to their disability.
- Disabled Widow’s/Widower’s Benefits: these kinds of benefits are available to individuals who are 50 years or older and have lost a spouse within the last 7 years prior to their disability.
- Child’s Disability Benefits: financial aid is available to disabled children ages 17 and younger.
- Disabled Adult Child Benefits: financial aid is available to disabled children over 18 but under 22. It applies to those who are full-time students under 19, as well. The parents must be eligible for disability benefits in order for the child to qualify.
- Supplemental Social Security Income Benefits: these are given to those who are financially challenged and disabled. You are not required to have worked in the past to qualify.
When Should I File and What is the Deadline for Filing?
Social Security Disability Insurance and Social Security Insurance claims need to be filed as soon as possible. Your claim can be processed within 1-6 months if you have submitted all the required paperwork on-time.
If your claim is denied, you have the right to request a hearing in front of an appointed Administrative Law Judge. However, there is a strict deadline of 60 days to file an appeal. If you happen to miss the deadline for acceptable reasons, such as hospitalization, mental health issues, etc., you will not be required to start from the beginning.
Social Security filing can be confusing, difficult and very time-consuming. Call us for help with your SSDI and SSI filing. We can help talk you through the preparation stages and will help to speed up your process.
How Does the Process of Securing Benefits Work?
There are 2 steps to the process of securing your benefits:
- The Initial Claim:
In order to avoid long delays, it is important to provide the Social Security Office with all of the necessary paperwork needed to file your claim. Gather all of the following documents before applying for social security:
- Original or certified copies of personal identification
- Information about all medications
- Records of medical treatment
- Dates of service
- Lab results
- Your care provider’s information
- Details about your previous employer and field of work
- Employment related tax records such as your W-2
- The Appeals Process:
If your claim is denied, you must request a reconsideration of your claim within 60 days of receipt of your denial letter. After 4 to 6 months, a decision will be reached on the request to reconsider.
If your claim is denied after reconsideration, you have 60 days to request an informal hearing, which will be held in front of an administrative law judge. After 2 to 3 months, a decision will be reached. If you are granted benefits, you will receive your first check after 8-12 weeks.
If the judge’s decision is not in your favor, the next step is to request a review by the Appeals Court. This must be done within 60 days after you have received the hearing decision.
If the Appeals Court denies your appeals or refuses to review your case, you have 60 days to file a lawsuit in a federal district court. After reviewing the records, the Federal judge can award you benefits, deny you benefits or send your case back to a lower court for an additional hearing.
We are here to help you handle all contact with Social Security. Our staff of paralegals, case analysts, and case managers is always available to help you through this difficult process.
If you or a loved one needs to file a claim for social security disability, contact us today.