Social Security Disability Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply for Social Security Disability benefits?
According to the Social Security Administration, to apply for disability benefits you will need to complete an application for Social Security Benefits and an Adult Disability Report. Burnetti, P.A. can help you get the necessary forms and correctly complete them.
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Does my injury or my medical conditions entitle me to disability benefits?
Your injuries or medical conditions alone may not necessarily entitle you to receive disability benefits. In order to qualify, you must meet specific guidelines outlined by the Social Security Administration and complete an application. Most SSD claims are denied the first time. If your social security disability claim was denied, contact Burnetti, P.A. to file an appeal.
Can I file for Social Security if I haven't worked for years?
In most instances, you must have worked five out of the last ten years to qualify for SSD. If you have not worked for several years, you may not qualify to receive disability benefits. But even if you do not qualify for SSD, you may qualify for SSI. Contact Burnetti, P.A. to help determine what benefits you are entitled to receive.
How long must I wait before I can file for Social Security Disability benefits?
In order to qualify for disability benefits your disability must be expected to last at least 12 months. Although there is no set time to wait before you apply, you may want to ensure your injuries are severe enough to qualify for benefits. In addition, there are certain things you can do before you apply to help speed up the process; Burnetti, P.A. guides social security disability clients on how they should proceed through this process.
What if I was unable to work for an extended period of time but my condition improved and I went back to work. Am I entitled to benefits?
Yes. You can qualify for benefits for what is known as a “closed period of time” as long as your disability lasted at least 12 months. For example, if you were unable to work for two years and then rejoined the work force, you would receive benefits for that two-year period retroactively. If you have questions about SSD benefits please contact Burnetti, P.A. for a free case evaluation/consultation.