Social Security Disability FAQ

If you are suffering from a disabling injury, you may be entitled to much needed Social Security Disability benefits. At the Matt Fendon Law Group, our Phoenix Social Security Disability attorneys know the system inside and out, and in an effort to provide you with answers to your pressing questions, we have provided a list of frequently asked questions below.
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How does the initial enlistment of Social Security disabled workers' benefits get started in Arizona?

The application process begins by scheduling a disability claims interview at the Social Security Administration. The initial interview will last approximately one hour.

How will Social Security and Medicare help if I am disabled?

Social Security provides disability benefits to individuals who cannot work because of a medical condition that is expected to last a year or more, or result in death. For those who are on SSD, they receive Medicare coverage automatically after receiving disability benefits for two years.

Medicare is America's health insurance program for adults age 65 and older, but people under 65 with certain disabilities or permanent kidney failure may also qualify for Medicare. This program helps with the costs of healthcare.

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Can I return to work while receiving SSD benefits?

You can return to work while receiving SSD benefits; however, special rules apply and they must be followed. You may be able to have a trial work period for nine months to test whether you are able to work. To find out more on the Ticket to Work Program, click here .

What are the eligibility requirements for Social Security Disability benefits?

In order to qualify for Social Security benefits, a worker must have worked long enough in jobs covered by Social Security (usually 10 years). Then, the worker must have a medical condition that meets Social Security's definition of a disability. If you are wondering if you are eligible, speak with our Phoenix Social Security disability attorney for professional insight and help.

What is the definition of a disability?

A "disability" under Social Security's rules is based on a worker's inability to work. You are considered unable to work if: 1) you cannot do the work that you did before, 2) the SSA decides that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition, and 3) your disability is expected to last at least a year or result in death.

Once I reach retirement age, will I receive SSD and retirement benefits?

You cannot receive disability benefits and retirement benefits at the same time. Once you reach retirement age, your Social Security Disability benefits will automatically change to retirement benefits.

Can I receive unemployment benefits at the same time as Social Security benefits?

While Social Security does not count unemployment benefits as earnings, income from Social Security may reduce your unemployment compensation.

Will my workers' compensation benefits reduce my Social Security benefits?

If you receive workers' compensation, it may reduce your Social Security benefits for you and your family. Your Social Security Disability benefits are reduced if your combined total amount, plus your workers' compensation payment exceeds 80% of your average earnings before you became injured or ill.

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