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Frequently Asked Questions

We Have the Answers to Your Disability Questions

If you are experiencing an issue with Social Security disability, one of our lawyers at Shook & Stone can be your answer. Through our years of experience, we know what needs to be done to get you the Social Security disability benefits that you deserve. Allow us to take care of everything and provide you with the information you need. Below, we have clearly answered a few commonly asked questions.

Will I qualify for Social Security Income if I am receiving retirement benefits?
It is possible that you can qualify to receive Social Security Income benefits, however, the payments depend on the amount of retirement benefits you can receive. Your benefits depend on many factors, such as your state of residence and other factors. If you do qualify, you may be able to receive food stamps Medicaid and other forms of aid.

What factors determine the amount of benefits received?
Social Security disability benefits are determined based on the amount of money earned over the individual's entire work life. In other words, it is determined upon how much you put into the Social Security taxes system over the years. Inflation and the cost of living will also be taken into consideration. Those who assess your claim will look back over the past three5 years of your working life, but that does not mean you have to work for three5 years to obtain benefits.

How long can I receive benefits for?
As long as your condition makes you not able to work, you should be able to receive Social Security disability benefits. If you are on disability until you reach your full retirement age, you will then be put on retirement benefits.

Do I need legal representation to file a claim or appeal?
It is not mandatory to have legal representation to file a Social Security disability benefits claim or appeal. It is highly advisable, however, to have legal representation throughout the entire process. Because more than two thirds of applicants are denied, having a lawyer backing your claim can make it much stronger.

Further inquiries?

At Shook & Stone, we are always prepared to answer your questions. We seek to help clients in whatever manner possible, and part of that guarantee is being available to provide answers to any questions that arise. Social Security disability requires aggressive action and understanding. With more than 85 years of combined legal experience, one of our attorneys can provide you with the answers you need. We offer compassionate and understanding guidance throughout your whole process to effectively help you achieve successful results. Contact a social security disability attorney from Shook & Stone for answers to all of your disability benefit questions.

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