Social Security Disability
Anderson Hunter represents claimants at all stages of the Social Security disability process throughout all of Washington state. Call us today to schedule a free in-person consultation at a location near you, or a consultation by phone.
Our firm has stood the test of time, having served the legal needs of Washingtonians for over 100 years. We are experienced trial lawyers with proven results, and have handled over a thousand disability claims.
We have helped individuals obtain Social Security Disability throughout all steps of the claims process. We know the critical things that the Social Security Administration will be considering when evaluating your claim, and we know how to tell your story effectively and convincingly to help you get the benefits you deserve.
Types of Social Security Benefits
If you are not able to work because of a medical condition, you may be eligible for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. There are two types of disability programs for individuals who are not able to work due to a disabling medical condition: Social Security Disability (SSD) insurance benefits, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.
Social Security Disability
The SSD program is designed for people who have worked and paid enough into the Social Security system in order to be eligible for benefits based on their work history. In order to determine whether you have worked long enough to be eligible for SSD, one rule of thumb is you would be eligible for SSD if you have worked full-time for 5 of the last 10 years. SSA bases your eligibility on work credits, which you earn on a quarterly basis. The number of credits you need is determined by age and your recent work history. This resource explains how the work credits are calculated based on age and work history: http://www.ssa.gov/retire2/credits3.htm
The amount of your monthly benefit depends on your individual work history. SSA calculates your benefit amount using your individual work history and a mathematical equation. If you would like to know what your individual benefit would be it is easiest to ask SSA directly. You can contact SSA toll free: (800) 772-1213
Supplemental Security Income
The SSI program is designed for people who have not worked long enough to earn the right amount of work credits for SSD and who are financially eligible for help. To be financially eligible for SSI, you would have to have limited income and assets. SSA will consider your spouse’s income, regular contributions from friends or family and money received from a settlement when determining whether you are eligible. Learn how SSI works: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityssi/ssi.html
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Our payment is based on a percentage of the past-due benefits owed, if you are found disabled. There is no money out of your pocket.
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SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY FAQS
Most initial determinations are made between 3-4 months after you submit your completed application. If you are denied as a result of the initial determination, then you can file a request for reconsideration and SSA will reconsider your claim. On average that decision takes about 3-4 months.
The Social Security Administration will consider your medical condition to be disabling if it is bad enough to prevent you from being able to work. You may suffer from more than one medical condition. SSA will consider the combination of your medical conditions when determining whether you are disabled.
Although it is possible to navigate the social security disability application process alone, many choose to hire a lawyer to help guide the process. You can engage an attorney at any stage of the process but early is most beneficial. Here is how hiring a disability lawyer can help increase the odds of winning a case, by building a stronger case from the beginninCONTINUE READING
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