This post is the second part of an in-depth look at some of the most common questions that our firm receives when it comes to information about Social Security Disability benefits. The first part addressed questions regarding how disability is defined by the Social Security Administration, how a disability is proven and how to make an application for Social Security Disability benefits stronger.
In Part 2, we will first look at one piece of criteria that often gets confused with the retirement benefits aspect of Social Security: age. Because the retirement benefits aspect of Social Security is so age-specific, our potential clients often assume that there is an age requirement when it comes to determining disability. The fact of the matter is, however, that there is no such age requirement. The biggest piece of criteria that makes a difference for SSD benefits is the exact nature of the disability in question.
Next, most people are very eager to know exactly how much they can expect to receive each month if they do qualify for SSD benefits. However, because the details of each case are so different, it is very difficult to estimate the monthly benefits. Rest assured, however, that at our firm we will fight for every dollar to which you may be entitled, based on your application materials.
Lastly, we are often asked whether or not the Social Security Administration will ever stop benefits after they start. While it is important for potential applicants to know that a disability determination will be reviewed by the agency, usually within three years, there is a very high bar for the agency to meet in order to stop benefits. It must be found that you have improved medically to such a point that you are now capable of working full-time. But, even if this determination is made, this decision is something you can appeal.