The Law Center For Social Security Disability FAQ
Oklahoma City, OK SSI and SSDI
Q: How do I apply for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income?
A: You may go to the Social Security office located in your community. If you live in the north Oklahoma City area, the offices are located at 2615 Villa Prom, OKC, OK (inside Shepherd Mall), or at 200 N.E. 27th, Moore, OK if you live south. You may also apply by calling 800-772-1213. You may also apply on-line at www.ssa.gov.
Q: When can The Law Center for Social Security Disability begin to help me?
A: We begin representation at any point following the initial application (however, if you are unable to complete even the initial application forms, we will assist you). This includes Reconsideration, Hearings before an Administrative Law Judge, Appeals Council, and District Court.
Q: What happens if my claim is denied?
A: The most important matter is to appeal within the allotted time. Generally, this is 60 days. We will prepare all of the required paperwork necessary for the appeal.
Q: How long will the appeal process take?
A: This is a very difficult question. However, after you initially file your claim, Social Security usually responds within 120 days. Appeals for Reconsideration usually take about 60 days. The longest wait is after you file for a hearing. This will likely be in excess of 9 months.
Q: Who does the Social Security Administration consider disabled?
A: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are based upon your inability to work for at least 12 months due to a physical or mental condition. To win, an individual must be unable to perform his or her past work as well as all other types of employment. This definition will also take into account your age, education, past work experiences and the seriousness of your medical condition.
Q: What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?
A: SSDI benefits are paid to disabled workers and their families out of the Social Security Trust Fund. To be eligible, a worker must have a minimum number of credits depending on your age. Generally, a worker who has worked steadily over the years is insured for the program for five years. Note, however, that this is not an absolute rule, as there are many variables. Generally, a worker will earn more with SSDI than SSI, but again, this varies based upon how much you paid into Social Security.
SSI provides a small income to disabled persons who have worked very little and have few financial resources. In 2004, the base amount of SSI is $564 but can be reduced if you receive other public benefits or if you have a working spouse or benefits from some other source.
Q: What are your attorney fees and are there any other costs?
A: The Law Center for Social Security Disability charges a contingent fee of the lesser of 25% of the back due benefits or $5,300 at any point through the Administrative Law Judge decision. If your claim must be appealed beyond this point, the 25% contingency remains in effect, but the $5,300 provision is erased. We also ask our clients to pay for the costs associated with their claims. Usually these are limited to the cost of the medical records, copy expense and postage. NOTE: if we do not win your claim, there is no attorney fee.
Q: What are my chances of winning?
A: Honestly, we cannot answer this question, as every individual's situation is different. As your claim progresses and we have a full picture of your history and the medical evidence supporting the claim, we will discuss your claim's strengths and weaknesses.
Q: If I have additional medical treatment, should I let you know?
A: Yes, the Social Security Administration needs copies of all your medical records. Please keep our office informed of your treatment.
Q: Is The Law Center for Social Security affiliated with the Social Security Administration?
A: No. Our office concentrates its efforts upon helping people win a SSDI or SSI claim. We cannot initiate your claim, provide specific payment information related to a disability claim or retirement benefits. Nor can we provide information about your qualification or financial eligibility for benefits. For answers to these questions, please call Social Security direct at 800-772-1213.
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For a FREE CONSULTATION when you want to appeal a SSI or SSDI claim, call The Law Center For Social Security Disability at 405-236-1416.