What Happens if I'm denied benefits after a hearing?
denial at the hearing level, you can still appeal to the Appeals
Council, and beyond that, you can file a lawsuit in United States
What do I do if my claim is denied?
of all, if your claim is initially denied, dont get discouraged. Well
over 50% of initial applications for benefits are denied. If you receive
a denial to your initial application, you must act within 60 days and
request a hearing. After the hearing it can take one to several months
to receive a decision.
How much will I receive once my claim is approved?
SSA will calculate the monthly benefit amount based on wages earned
before the disability occurred. You can use one of the calculators at www.ssa.gov
to get an estimate of monthly benefit amounts. How long will it take to receive a determination once I apply for benefits?
initial determination will take anywhere from three to five months.
Several factors can influence the amount of time it takes to receive
What is the waiting period once I become disabled before I can apply?
- The nature of the disability
- How quickly medical evidence is obtained from medical providers
- Whether it is necessary to send you for a medical examination in order to obtain evidence to support your claim
- If your claim is randomly selected for quality assurance review of the decision
is no application waiting period, because it can take several months
for an application to be processed by the Social Security Administration
(SSA), you should apply for benefits as soon as you become disabled.
HOWEVER, once approved, your "start date" to receive benefits will not
be until the sixth full month from the date your disability began.What is the difference between SSDI and SSI?
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
are paid to those who have worked long enough and have paid taxes into
Social Security and meet other qualifying criteria. The amount of
monthly SSDI benefits is determined by how much the person earned before
they became disabled.
Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI)
benefits are paid to those who have either not worked long enough to
qualify for SSDI benefits, or who may have never had an opportunity to
work. To receive SSI benefits, an individual must meet certain criteria,
as well as prove that they have limited financial resources. The SSI
benefit amount may change as their financial situation changes.
How does Social Security define disability?
Security does not define disability the same way that other programs
do. Disability under Social Security is based on your inability to work.
You are considered disabled if you cannot do the work that you did
before, and you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical
condition. Your disability must last or be expected to last for at least
one year or to result in death.
Social Security does not provide short-term or partial disability benefits.