Social Security Disability Questions

Oklahoma City Social Security Disability Attorney

What is Social Security Disability Insurance?
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a system run by the federal government that provides financial benefits to workers who have become disabled and are no longer able to work. To receive these benefits, however, you must be qualified. You must meet certain disability requirements and must also have been working long enough and paid Social Security taxes.

What is Supplemental Security Income?
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) offers benefits based upon financial need as opposed to an applicant's work history. Supplemental Security Income is typically available to people who are disabled, over the age of 65 or who are blind and have no other source of income. This federal program is funded by general tax dollars instead of Social Security taxes. A person who qualifies for Supplemental Security Income will also automatically qualify for Medicare.

Who is eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits?
To qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you must have a disability that is expected to last for at least 12 months or result in death. It is only available for those suffering from total disability, not partial or short-term disability. An applicant will have to meet specific medical requirements to be eligible. Qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits is typically very difficult. Only 30% of first-time applicants are approved.

Who will decide whether my claim is approved?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is the government agency responsible for reviewing and approving Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income claims. Your application will initially be approved by the SSA and will then be sent to your Social Security Office, which would be the Oklahoma City Social Security Office if you live in the Oklahoma City area. This agency will be responsible for final claim approval.

What should I do if my Social Security Disability claim is denied?
If your disability claim has been denied, you will have only 60 days to file an appeal. We recommend working with a lawyer at this point if you aren't already, as this may be a complicated process and is best handled by a legal professional. You can file a disability appeal online, call your local Social Security Office or print out the necessary forms and mail them or deliver them personally to the Social Security Office.

Do I need to involve an attorney?
You are not required to have legal counsel when applying for Social Security Disability. It is highly recommended, however, because this is an often complex and time-consuming process. An Oklahoma City Social Security Disability attorney will understand exactly how to file your claim and seek the benefits you need.

Contact an Oklahoma City Social Security Disability lawyer at our law firm today to learn more about these matters and to get answers to your specific questions about disability benefits.

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