FAQ About Disability Benefits
At Turner & O’Connell, Attorneys at Law, we speak with many people every week regarding disability claims. Answers to some of the most common questions we hear appear below.
You probably have questions about your own case. In a free consultation, an attorney at our firm can answer your questions and explain the Retirement Survivors and Disability Insurance (Retirement Survivors and Disability Insurance, RSDI) process.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.
The Social Security Administration Rejected My Disability Claim. Do I Have Any Options?
Yes, you can appeal the denial of your application, and if that is in turn rejected, you can file an appeal before the Appeals Council and after that you can file a disability appeal in federal court. Turner & O’Connell provides professional, results-oriented representation at all stages of the legal process. We will be your strong advocate, seeking to obtain benefits for you.
How Much Will It Cost?
Attorney fees in Retirement Survivors and Disability Insurance cases are set by federal law. When your application for RSDI benefits is approved, you will be charged 25 percent of your past due benefits, up to a maximum, set by the Social Security Administration. As of January 2012, this figure is $6,000. You will also have to pay all costs associated with the process.
Turner & O’Connell takes SSD/RSDI and SSI cases on contingency. That means you will owe an attorney fee only if we obtain benefits for you.
How Long Will The Legal Process Take?
Every case is unique, so there is no clear answer to this question. Due to a backlog of applications, it can take 9 to 12 months, or longer to achieve results.
What Happens At A Retirement Survivors And Disability Insurance Hearing?
Prior to the hearing, our firm will collect medical records and other information in support of your case. We will explain the hearing process in detail, so that you know what will happen before you go into the hearing room.
The hearing itself will be before an administrative law judge (ALJ). Our firm will present your case, explaining to the ALJ why your disability benefits application should be approved. The ALJ will ask you certain questions about your medical condition and ability to work. Though you will be under oath, it will not feel like a trial. The hearing will be conducted in a professional, businesslike manner. Your only responsibility will be to answer those questions truthfully. Besides, we will be beside you, presenting your case to the ALJ.