An Experienced West Palm Beach, Florida, Disability Attorney Answers the Most Frequently Asked Questions

Have you recently experienced an illness or injury that prevents you from going to work? If so, you have the potential to apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) to enable you to continue receiving funds as you heal.

Applying for and acquiring SSD can be tricky, so below, an experienced West Palm Beach, Florida, disability attorney from DiBiaggio Law answers the most frequently asked questions surrounding the disability claim process.

What Are Some Disability Examples?

Many ailments can prevent you from working, including physical impairments, long-term illnesses, and psychological disorders. Some common disabilities that may qualify you for SSD include:

  • Nervous system damage
  • Limb amputation
  • Heart disease
  • Lung disease
  • Cancer
  • Immune system disorders
  • Neurological issues
  • Neck or back injuries
  • Psychological disorders
  • Kidney or liver disease
  • Blind, deaf, or mute conditions

What Do I Need to Apply for SSD?

To apply for SSD, you will be required to complete many forms. Below is a list of things you’ll need before filing your claim or appeal:

  • A doctor’s written diagnosis
  • All medical records related to your diagnosis
  • Any prescriptions you have and their purposes
  • All treatment information
  • Details on why you refused any treatments (if applicable)
  • Explanation of how this disability impacts your life
  • A valid work history
  • A social security disability attorney to help you through the process

After your initial diagnosis, we recommend creating a process for organizing all of the necessary information you will need to apply for SSD. Be sure to save all your documents, ask for additional medical evidence that supports your condition, outline all important dates surrounding your illness onset, and discuss how this disability inhibits you from living a healthy life.

What’s the Difference Between Supplemental Security Income and SSD Benefits?

If you are over 65 and do not have a disability but still need additional income to survive, you may have the option to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSI provides monthly payments for elders without a disability that have a limited income.

People with disabilities may also apply for SSI if they do not have enough quarters of coverage (work history) to qualify for regular Social Security Disability Benefits and meet the low-income requirements.

When Can an SSD Lawyer Help Me File for SSD Benefits?

Social disability lawyers can help you file for SSD any time after your injury. As soon as you receive a diagnosis, you may qualify to apply. At this time, your attorney will help you gather all medical paperwork, organize everything you need, and ensure that you complete all the necessary paperwork.

Can an SSD Law Firm Help If My Application Gets Denied?

Social security disability claims often get denied for various reasons, though that does not mean that you must give up. An SSD law firm can walk you through the appeals processes within 60 days of your denial date so that you don’t miss out on any back benefits, which we will talk about next.

Will It Take Long to Get Money After Submitting My Application?

Sometimes the approval process can take months, which may be challenging when you’re out of work and need the money as soon as possible. Often, you can qualify for back benefits, which will cover your funds during your waiting approval period. After receiving back benefits in a lump sum, you can move on to receiving monthly payments.

Health insurance is not instantaneous either. You must wait 30 months to receive Medicare benefits with regular Social Security Disability benefits unless you have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Will I Continue Receiving Benefits If I Go Back to Work?

When your disability prevents you from working for more than a year, you can receive the payments and benefits. Once you feel well enough to go back to work, your SSD will end.

How Much Does an SSD Attorney in Florida Cost?

All law firms and attorneys charge different prices, though, at DiBiaggio Law, we can give you an idea of what you will pay. Our disability attorneys at DiBiaggio Law work on a contingency fee basis, which means that if you do not win your case, you will not pay us a dime. After you receive disability payments, we will charge a percentage of your award.

DiBiaggio Law: Find a Florida SSD Attorney Near Me Today

Two out of every three people that apply for SSD receive a denial. Hiring an experienced disability attorney can better your chances of receiving your funds and expedite the entire process, so you don’t waste time applying repeatedly.

At DiBiaggio Law, we serve clients in Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties in Florida. Schedule a consultation to discuss your case with us today at (561) 473-9800, or complete our online form.

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West Palm Beach, FL 33405
(561) 473-9800

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