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
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.
Upon reading the
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How does the initial enlistment of Social Security disabled
workers' benefits get started in Arizona?
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?
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
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
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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,
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?
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?
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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