Social Security Benefits
SSDI benefits include:
- Benefits missed from the time you become disabled to the time you began receiving SSDI
- A monthly payment consisting of the amount of money you made before the onset of your disability
- Medicare coverage, which will begin two years after you begin receiving SSDI benefits
SSDI Denied Claims
Our team strives to get your case resolved as quickly as possible, because he knows the financial strain that a disability can cause when you are not receiving social security benefits. He will work with you throughout the entirety of the case, gathering the evidence and/or witnesses needed for your success.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Frequently Asked Questions
Generally, claimants go through a three-step process. Initial application, reconsideration and hearing. Currently, the Columbia SSA office decides an initial application in about 4 – 6 months. If denied, you will have 60 days to file your first appeal, a request for reconsideration. A decision on the first appeal takes approximately 2 – 6 months. If you are denied at the reconsideration, then, a request for a hearing before an administrative law judge is filed. It take about 6 – 9 months before the hearing is set. Other jurisdictions in South Carolina vary in times between stages.
How are the amount of my benefits determined?
Your Social Security Disability (SSDI) monthly benefit is based on the amount of social security taxes you contributed over your working career. If you have not paid enough in social security taxes or have attained “enough credits,” you can still apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. The 2019 maximum monthly SSI benefit amount in South Carolina is $771.00. You can find your monthly benefit amount by either calling your local SSA office or by creating an account at SSA.gov.
What does SSA consider in determining whether I should be approved for benefits?
SSA will consider your age, work history, educational background along with medical evidence in their evaluation of your application for disability benefits. During our initial meeting, we go over your work history and educational background. Then we examine the medical evidence you have. Simply put, do your medical records adequately show your physical or mental limitations that prevent you from performing substantial gainful activity or working full-time? If not, we will go over some of your options in developing medical evidence.
First, we can explain the application and appellate process. Second, our staff can assist you in completing the various forms and request for information you will receive from SSA. Third, we will obtain medical records and evidence from your treating doctors in support of your case and ensure that all of your medical evidence is submitted prior to your hearing. Finally, if a hearing is necessary, we can tell you what to expect at the hearing and go over the likely questions asked by an administrative law judge.
What are the fees charged by an attorney in a disability case?
Fees charged by an attorney must be approved by the Social Security Administration. Our firm uses the standard federal contract which pays the representative a fee of 25 percent of the past-due benefits, not to exceed $6,000.00. Hence, if we are not successful in winning your case and obtaining past-due benefits, no fee is charged.
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