Social Security

Frequently Asked Social Security Questions in Arkansas
Answers From Knowledgeable Attorneys in Central Arkansas

The laws regarding Social Security Disability (SSD) claims can be dizzying. From eligibility rules to filing requirements, we have you covered. At Huffman Butler, PLLC our skilled attorneys are pleased to answer your questions and walk you through the SSD claims process. For your benefit, we have assembled the following list of frequently asked questions and answers:
Social Security Disability Filings

How do I qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits?

Social Security pays benefits to people who cannot work because these people have a medical condition that is expected to last at least one year or result in death. However, a statement from your doctor verifying your disability is not enough. When filing for SSD, you must supply a great deal of information, including lab and test results, medical records, treatment dates, names of medications and employment history.

Do I need a lawyer to file an SSD claim?

You do not need legal representation to file a claim with the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA). However, many people find it helpful to have someone knowledgeable and experienced to guide them through the process and represent their interests at appeals hearings. Represented Social Security Disability claimants also tend to have higher levels of success.

How long will it take to find out if my SSD claim is approved or denied?

You should not expect a speedy answer. While time lines do vary, the length of time it takes to receive a decision on your disability claim ranges from three to five months. In some cases, it may take longer. Factors that can influence the speed of your decision include the nature of your disability, the responsiveness of your doctors to requests for records by the SSA, the need for a medical examination to support your claim and whether your claim has been randomly selected for a quality assurance review.

Social Security Disability Appeals

How long do I have to appeal if my SSD claim is denied?

If your claim is denied, you will receive a formal letter in the mail. If you are unsatisfied with the decision, time is of the essence. If you wish to appeal, you must make your request in writing within 60 days from the date you receive this letter. The SSA assumes you receive the letter five business days after the date on the letter, unless you can prove otherwise.

Can I file a new disability application while my claim is pending before the Appeals Council?

You can no longer file a new claim while your claim is pending before the Appeals Council (one of several levels of review). If you submit a new disability benefit application, it will be combined with your existing case. The only potential exception is if you now suffer a new disabling condition.

Will my benefits continue during the appeals process?

Many claimants are understandably concerned about what happens to their benefits when they appeal a denial. You may request that your benefits to continue when you are appealing the decision that
you are no longer entitled to SSD benefits because your medical condition is not disabling, or because you are appealing the SSA’s decision that you are no longer eligible for SSI payments or that your SSI payment should be reduced or suspended. However, if you ultimately lose the appeal, you may have to pay back any money you were ineligible to receive.

Contact a Central Arkansas Social Security Lawyer About Your Claim Today

The Social Security benefit process is complicated and time consuming. At Huffman Butler, PLLC our dedicated lawyers provide personalized attention and quality legal care. Call 501-315-5297 or use our contact form for more information.
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