Frequently Ask Question

Who can apply for Social Security benefits?

If you are unable to work because of a medical condition that is expected to last at least 12 months, or result in death, you are eligible to apply.

How can I apply for Social Security benefits?

The first step of the disability process is the initial disability interview. You can complete the interview in person, or by phone, with a claims representative at your local Social Security office. Also, there is now an application process for Social Security disability online.

What should I do if I get denied?

If your initial disability application is denied, you must appeal your denial by filing a Request for Reconsideration.

What are the appeal levels in Social Security disability claims?

Initial application: A claimant can apply online, by phone, or at the Social Security Administration office. It takes 3-4 months to get a decision (60 days to appeal).

Reconsideration: 3-4 months to get a decision (60 days to appeal)

Hearing: 9-12 months to get a hearing, 1-2 months to get a decision (60 days to appeal)

Appeals Counsel: It can take up to 18 months to get a decision.

Can I collect Social Security benefits if I get deported?


Can I get survival spouse benefits if I live in Mexico?

Yes, as long as the widow can legally enter the United States to apply.

Can I get Social Security benefits if I cannot enter into the United States?


Can I work during the claim process?


Can I work after getting benefits?

As long as it is not considered SGA (substantial gainful activities).

Can I get unemployment during the application process?


Does my worker’s compensation case affect my Social Security claim?

An offset will be applied.

How long does it take to get benefits after you first file?

Most decisions on initial claims will be made under 3 months. Many cases will have to go through the disability reconsideration appeal, and hearing process. This could take 1-2 years before benefits are approved.

How long does it take to get a decision after my hearing?

1-2 months

How much does the attorney charge to represent me?

Free consultation. Fees: 25% of back pay. If we don’t win, you don’t pay.

Can children with disabilities get Social Security disability/SSI?