FAQ Social Security Disability

Q: How do I know if you can help me?

A: You don't. The only way is for you to present your case to us, so we can review your work and medical history and ask you questions about your disability. Contact us right away for your free consultation on your case.

Q: Social Security has already denied my application for benefits. What can you do about that?

A: Actually, most applications for Social Security Disability (SSD) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments are denied the first time. The important thing is not to wait too late to call us after you receive your denial — there are deadlines for each review and appeal step — and to prepare a complete, convincing case to present in response to your denial, we will need time.

Q: What will it cost to have you represent me as I try to get Social Security Disability Insurance?

A: You will pay us nothing for your consultation or for preparing your appeals and other presentations for hearings and review by judges, unless you are awarded benefits. Federal law provides that the only attorney's fee we can collect is a percentage of any award we help you qualify for. Read more about how this works in the Costs section of this website.

Q: How much money could I receive each month in disability benefits?

A: Your monthly Social Security Disability amount will vary from person to person. The longer that you have worked and the more you have paid in Social Security taxes, the higher your benefits will be. Social Security will give you an estimate when you file your initial application. You may also click on the following link to calculate your benefit amount using Social Security's Benefit calculator:
http://ssa.gov/planners/calculators.htm

Supplemental Security Income benefits have a set maximum amount per month. This amount may be reduced by several factors including current monthly income in the household, financial assistance that you may receive, and any other income or financial resources or assets that you may have.

Q: What's the difference between SSDI and SSI?

A: See our information on SSDI and SSI here.

The Law Offices of Clark, James, Hanlin & Hunt, LLC, does not take children's Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cases. However, we will review unfavorable decisions by administrative law judges who have denied a child's SSI claim for consideration of a possible appeal.