Am I Disabled? Should I Apply?

If you are a claimant or believe you may have a valid disability claim, you should file for benefits right now. Do not post questions about whether you qualify. Call Social Security right now and apply. Social Security has a toll-free number that operates from 7AM to 7PM, Monday to Friday: 1-800-772-1213

If you have already applied and have been denied, you must appeal within the alloted time. If you are denied again, you should get a representative. During business hours you can call Nosscr for a referral to a disability attorney in your area. Call 1-800-431-2804

There are also legal aid clinics in most major cities. Check the phone book or call the local bar association for more information.

Disability attorneys charge a contingent fee of 25% of the back due benefits you are awarded, up to a maximum of $4000. If the attorney does not win your case, there is no fee. This is the best deal on earth, in my humble opinion.

Remember, if you are at the initial stages of your claim, you can "go it alone," but once you reach the hearing level, you absolutely should get an attorney to help you with your claim.

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FAQ

Q: Am I disabled?
A: Call 1-800-772-1213 and apply, it's the only way you will find out if you are entitled to disability benefits.

Q: I'm too proud to file for benefits, isn't it just charity?
A: No. If you are trying to get SSDI you have paid into the system and are entitled to get the "insurance" you paid for. If you are applying for SSI it is a benefit to which you are entitled under our laws, laws that create a safety net that benefits our entire society. Please apply today.

Q: How much money will I get?
A: Call your district office and ask them what your PIA is. That's how much you'll get. In the alternative, if you like math, check out SSA's formula for determining PIA or download the software that helps you figure it out.

Q: My doctor wrote a letter saying I'm disabled. Is that enough?
A: No, SSA decides whether or not you are disabled, not your doctor. Have your doctor submit copies of all documentation, treatment notes, and other objective data from which a determination of disability can be made.

Q: I'm getting benefits, how long till my Continuing Disability Review?
A: It depends on a number of factors, including your age and the type of disability you have. Three years would be a normal amount of time before your CDR, but it can vary quite a bit. The administration has the burden of showing medical improvement before it can cut off benefits. Make sure you see your doctor from time to time to keep up documentation of your condition.

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