Frequently asked questions

Is there any cost for you to review my case?

No. We never charge a fee unless you are awarded your benefits. Contact us now for a free consultation.

How does Social Security decide if I am disabled?

Social Security determines disability using a combination of evidence.  This includes info you provide through applications and questionnaires, documentation of your medical condition, and opinions of your treating doctors and/or consultative doctors.

How does Social Security define disability?

Under the Social Security Act, "disability" means the "inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of no less than 12 months."

If Social Security has denied my claim can I still pursue benefits?

Yes! The Social Security process can be confusing for someone trying to navigate the system.  In most cases an initial denial by Social Security is not the end of the road.  Most claimants eventually have to attend an administrative law hearing before their benefits are granted. 

Can I qualify for Social Security disability benefits if I get veterans’ benefits?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) each have disability programs.  It is possible to receive disability benefits from both, however, the criteria for receiving disability benefits through Social Security are different from the criteria for receiving disability benefits from the VA, and you must file separate applications.  

Will my current health ins. affect my qualification for SSDI/SSI benefits?

No — thankfully, your current health insurance has no effect on your eligibility for SSDI and SSI (Supplemental Security Income) benefits. Regardless of your current coverage, you are still able to apply for either Medicaid or Medicare.