Following are some frequently asked questions about Social Security disability (SSD):
- How does the Social Security Administration define disability?
- Do I need a lawyer to file a claim?
- What is the first step to obtaining SSD benefits?
- How long does it take to obtain Social Security disability benefits?
- What criteria are used to determine if I am disabled?
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How does the Social Security Administration (SSA) define disability? The SSA defines disability as an “inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.”
Do I need a lawyer to file a claim? There is no law that says you must hire an attorney in order to file a claim. However, an experienced Washington County Social Security disability attorney can greatly increase your chances of obtaining SSD benefits.
What is the first step to obtaining SSD benefits? The best way to obtain SSD benefits is to contact a knowledgeable lawyer. He or she can review your case and assist you in acquiring and filling out the necessary forms to apply for Social Security benefits.
How long does it take to obtain Social Security disability benefits? There is no set time it takes applicants to receive SSD benefits. However, if your claim is successful, it may be processed within 60 days of filing.
What criteria are used to determine if I am disabled? After you file a Social Security disability claim, your application is sent to an SSA office, where it will be reviewed by a disability examiner. He or she will then go over your application with a doctor to determine if your condition meets the definition of disability used by the SSA.