Frequently Asked Questions
What is disability?
The term "disability" is defined by Social Security as the inability to engage in work due to physical or mental impairment expected to last more than 12 months. This definition is often used by the Social Security Administration to deny benefits.
The McCravy, Newlon, Sturkie & Clardy Law Firm has been able to help many people with legitimate claims who have been denied Social Security Disability benefits
How do I apply for Social Security disability benefits?
There are several different ways to apply. We can assist you with this if you qualify for SSDI.
How does my lawyer get paid?
All fees must be approved by the Social Security Administration. The fee is normally 25% of back benefits plus costs expended on your behalf if we win your case and is normally capped at $7,200.
Why Use an Attorney?
Statistics show that claimants who are represented by an attorney are much more likely to win their claim. The McCravy, Newlon, Sturkie & Clardy Law Firm attorneys have combined experience of more than 30 years of trial experience.
How many steps is the Social Security process?
There are three initial stages to a Social Security claim. These are the initial application stage, the reconsideration stage and the hearing stage. To learn more about this process click HERE.
I have to go to a hearing. What should I expect?
At a hearing you will go in front of a judge and be able to present evidence that you are disabled. This can be a strenuous process and it is best to have an attorney present to assist you.
My benefits were denied. What are my options?
You may be able to appeal your decision if you were denied for medical reasons. You need to obtain an attorney to help you with the appeal process in order to greatly improve your chances of receiving a favorable decision.
How long does it take to get a hearing for a Social Security disability claim?
In most cases it takes around a year before a hearing is scheduled. In rare cases hearings can be expedited if you are terminally ill or are facing dire need financial problems. This has to be determined by the Social Security Administration and is very rarely approved even with substantial documentation.
What is Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?
SSI is a type of disability benefit for low-income families who are not eligible for Social Security Disability. If your household makes less than $1,000 a month and has very few assets, you more than likely qualify for SSI benefits.
I haven’t been going to the doctor because I don’t have insurance and I can’t afford treatment. Will that affect my ability to get Social Security?
Yes. Proof of medical treatment is essential to your disability claim.
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