Social Security Disability: Frequently Asked Questions
At Mossman Law Office, we have helped thousands of people get the injury and disability benefits they need and deserve. We want to help you, too. Our firm has a legacy in this area of law that goes back more than 25 years.
For a free initial consultation regarding your disability claim, please call us in Boise at 208-874-0900 or complete our contact form. Our attorneys represent clients throughout Idaho and eastern Oregon. Se Habla Español
Do I qualify for Social Security Disability benefits?
Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for one of two types of Social Security Disability benefits: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
In general, to be eligible for SSDI benefits, your disability must have kept you out of work for at least 12 months, or you are expected to be out of work for at least 12 months, or you are suffering from a terminal illness. You must also have a work history that meets certain requirements, and your disability must qualify under the Social Security Administration’s definitions of physical impairments or mental impairments.
Eligibility for SSI is different. SSI benefits are available to people who do not have a sufficient work history for SSDI benefits. There are also strict income limitations for SSI beneficiaries. You will not be eligible for SSI if your income is higher than the limits set by the Social Security Administration.
To learn more, please see our helpful overview of SSDI and SSI eligibility.
My disability claim was rejected. Do I have options?
Yes. In fact, most Social Security Disability claims are denied on the first try, so you are not alone. Another fact: the chances of approval are much greater if you work with a Social Security Disability attorney to arrange a hearing or appeal the rejection. At Mossman Law Office, we have a long record of success in SSDI and SSI appeals. Do not give up hope.
Please see our overview of appeals and hearings to learn more about the process if your disability claim was denied.
Is it possible to expedite an SSDI or SSI application?
In some cases, it is possible to expedite disability applications for people who have severe medical conditions that clearly meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of a disability. This way of expediting applications is known as “compassionate allowances.” The severe conditions that can lead to a compassionate allowance include adult brain disorders, certain cancers and certain rare disorders that often affect children.
How can a Social Security Disability attorney help?
The Social Security system is bureaucratic and complicated, so it helps immensely to have a Social Security Disability lawyer on your side to navigate the process. At Mossman Law Office, we have extensive experience in dealing with the Social Security bureaucracy, and we have the knowledge needed to match particular symptoms and medical diagnoses with the Social Security Administration’s specific criteria for eligibility. Managing all of these requirements is an overwhelming task for most people, and that is why we are here to help. Our goal is to alleviate your burdens and help you get the benefits you need as soon as possible.
Contact Mossman Law Office
To arrange a free consultation, please complete our contact form or call us at 208-874-0900. Our office is in Boise, and our attorneys represent clients throughout Idaho and eastern Oregon. Se Habla Español