Social Security Disability FAQ

The Law Offices of Daniel L. Crandall & Associates is a law firm that helps people suffering from disabling conditions and illnesses qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

Every week, we field many questions from people whose SSD claims have been rejected. Answers to some of the most common questions appear below. You probably have questions regarding your own situation.

In a free consultation, an attorney can answer these and explain how we can help you. Call us at 540-342-2000 to learn more.

How do I know if I qualify for Social Security Disability benefits?

To qualify for SSD, you must expect to be unable to work for at least 12 months, and you must have paid into the Social Security system with your payroll taxes. Additionally, you must have worked at least five of the last 10 years from the day that your disability was determined.

What do I need to do to apply for Social Security Disability benefits?

There are several ways that you can apply for SSD benefits. You can contact our law firm for help, call the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 and schedule an appointment to go over your application on a phone call, or you can apply in person at a local Social Security office.

I was denied Social Security Disability benefits. Now what?

The vast majority of people are denied SSD benefits after their initial application. Our law firm can guide you through the process of appealing an SSD decision. Do not give up — talk to us for your options.

Am I really disabled in the eyes of the Social Security Administration?

To a significant degree, disability is subjective. However, the Social Security Administration has developed definitions and guidelines that help it rule on eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits. Our attorneys understand these guidelines and how to gather medical information in support of our clients' claims. Let us put our experience and knowledge to work for you.

Is there anything I can do to help my case?

Yes, by being engaged and proactive, you can increase the likelihood that your claim will be approved. The most important thing is to get information concerning your illness or disability and how it affects your ability to work into your medical record. Our attorneys can provide you with pointers that can help you better communicate with your doctor so that this important information is documented in your medical record.

Is it easier to qualify for Social Security Disability after the age of 50?

For some people, the answer is yes. The medical standards and rules change at the age of 50 and again at 55. If you have always done heavy labor but can no longer lift heavy loads, it may be easier to qualify at age 50 than at age 49.

I suffer from depression so severe that it prevents me from working. Am I eligible for Social Security Disability benefits?

Our law firm has helped many people with mental health issues qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. In a free consultation, an attorney at our firm can review your case and explain how we can help you.

Can I receive both veterans disability benefits and Social Security Disability benefits?

Yes. In fact, your SSD claim may be expedited by virtue of your status as a veteran. However, the qualifying impairments and the required medical documentation for the respective benefit programs do not exactly coincide. You should speak with an attorney concerning your situation.

I have an impairment that does not appear on the Social Security Administration's disability list. Can I still qualify for Social Security Disability benefits?

It may still be possible to obtain SSD benefits, though the process can be more complex. If you have any "medically determinable impairment" that prevents you from working for at least 12 months, you may be able to qualify for benefits.

After I qualify for Social Security Disability, can I lose my benefits?

Yes. Your benefits could be terminated or reduced if you recover from a qualifying illness or disability and you are able to work. For many people, this is a good thing because they can earn more money working than from continued reliance on Social Security Disability. You can also lose benefits if you inherit money or win the lottery. A lawyer at our firm can advise you.

Free Consultation With A Lawyer

For answers to your Social Security Disability questions, contact The Law Offices of Daniel L. Crandall & Associates in Roanoke, Virginia, at 540-342-2000.