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How is the attorney compensated in a Social Security disability case?

By Stephen Barszcz |

The attorney is compensated in a Social Security disability claim by receiving a percentage of the payment of the back money benefits secured. So, for instance, if you ultimately prevail in your social security hearing, and you have for instance, $25,000 of back money benefits, the attorney would receive a percentage of the back… Read More »

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If I am approved for Social Security disability benefits, how much will I get?

By Stephen Barszcz |

Social Security disability is a pay-in system, so if you are approved for social security disability, it’ll be based upon a percentage of your earnings over the 10 to 15 years prior to the time that you’re approved. You’ll received approximately 80% of your earnings and that’ll be based entirely on how much money… Read More »

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My doctor says I am disabled. So why is Social Security denying my Social Security disability claim?

By Stephen Barszcz |

It’s very important to understand that your doctor is there to try to help you get better and address your injuries and conditions, but your doctor is not a vocational specialist and your doctor is really unaware of the standards required for disability under the Social Security Act. So, your doctor is charged with… Read More »

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Should I get an attorney if my Social Security disability claim is denied?

By Stephen Barszcz |

If your claim is denied, it is probably because the Social Security Administration did not see enough medical evidence to provide you with an approval. Therefore it would probably help you to obtain the services of an attorney, so they can better prep your claim and work with your doctors to show all the… Read More »

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What conditions would qualify me for Social Security disability?

By Stephen Barszcz |

The actual conditions that you may have is not actually the determining factor in a Social Security Disability claim. It really comes down to whether or not the conditions you have keep you from working on a regular basis. So you may have a number of two or three different conditions that together combine… Read More »

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What happens at a Social Security disability or SSI disability hearing?

By Stephen Barszcz |

The people in the room at a social security disability hearing will be the judge, the judges assistant, the person applying for disability and perhaps their attorney, as well as maybe a vocational evaluator. The judge will review the evidence that’s been submitted and then ask questions of the applicant and the vocational rehab… Read More »

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How do I apply for Social Security disability benefits?

By Stephen Barszcz |

It’s important to understand that the applicant should apply. You really can’t have an attorney do that for you. You can do it a number of different ways. The easiest way is to go to ssa.gov and do it online. You can also do it in the office of the Social Security Administration or… Read More »

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Can I collect Social Security disability, long-term disability, and workers’ compensation at the same time?

By Stephen Barszcz |

The answer is, “probably,” but there will be offsets, depending upon how much you make and what the actual type of disability policy is, so for instance, if you are eligible for federal worker’s compensation, those benefits are primary, or in other words are paid first. The Social Security benefits are supplementary, so they… Read More »

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Can I work and apply for Social Security disability benefits at the same time?

By Stephen Barszcz |

Social security does allow the individual to make a small amount of money on a monthly basis and still apply and possibly be approved for social security disability. You should check with either the social security administration or an attorney as to how much you are allowed to make in any one month and… Read More »

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Do I have to be permanently disabled to get Social Security disability benefits?

By Stephen Barszcz |

You don’t need to be permanently disabled to collect Social Security disability benefits or meet the standards for disability by the Social Security Administration. What’s important is to understand that you have to be unable to work a 40-hour job every week. Ultimately, what happens to most people who get disability is they might… Read More »

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