Common Questions

We answer a wide variety of questions each day. Every claim our office handles is unique and requires careful preparation. The application for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA) can be time-consuming and frustrating.

At Midwest Disability, P.A., our attorneys help individuals and families ensure that their applications for benefits are thorough and fully documented. The guidance of our lawyers is a very favorable asset to have, considering that more than 70 percent of initial applications for benefits are denied by the SSA.

Call our law firm today at 763-447-4103 763-422-3770 or 888-351-0427 toll free, or complete our free case evaluation form. We answer all your questions about eligibility and process, and we handle appeals for denied claims.

Established Midwest Law Firm With Many Successes For Clients Seeking SSI And SSD Benefits

Our firm brings decades of experience and a legal practice focused exclusively on obtaining Social Security Disability benefits for disabled clients and their dependent family members throughout the Midwest. Please contact us for more complete answers to the following common questions and others you may have.

  1. Why Should I Hire An Attorney?
    • Our attorneys' familiarity the medical and financial issues involved in all disability claims complements their deep knowledge of the legal requirements and advocacy necessary to obtain your benefits. Statistics show that legal representation significantly increases success rates for SSD and SSI claims.
  2. What Will It Cost?
    • Our legal fees for SSD and SSI claims are limited by federal law to 25 percent of the "back benefits" owed to you by the SSA, or $6,000, whichever is less. Our fees and costs are approved by the SSA before we can charge you anything.
  3. Am I Eligible For Disability Benefits?
    • Eligibility for disability benefits depends on whether you have an impairment that prevents or that already has prevented you from maintaining "substantial gainful activity" (gainful employment) that is expected to last for at least 12 consecutive months. If your mental or physical impairment is expected to result in death, you can also qualify for disability benefits.
  4. How Do I Apply For Social Security Disability?
    • We can help you submit your initial application. You can call our office and apply for SSD benefits over the phone. We can complete your application for you, and submit it online. We will review it to ensure that it is complete, clear and compelling. Our attorneys know what the SSA looks for, and we will ensure your application has it.
  5. When Should I Apply And How Long Will It Take For A Decision?
    • Apply as soon as possible. It can take three to five months or more before you receive a decision from the SSA after you have applied. If your claim was denied, we can request a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ hearing). Most disability claims are won in ALJ hearings, but it can take up to 18 months to get an ALJ hearing scheduled. So, call us now.
  6. My Claim Was Denied. Now What?
    • This is not the end of the road. We can help you schedule and prepare thoroughly for an ALJ hearing. We also represent clients before the SSA's Appeals Council, if necessary. We will fight for the benefits you need and deserve.
  7. How Do I Become A Client Of Midwest Disability?
    • We have local attorneys in throughout the Midwest, but we can represent you regardless of whether we have a physical office location near you. Our lawyers travel throughout the nation to represent clients in ALJ hearings and serve their best interests.
  8. What Should I Expect In A Disability Hearing?
    • Winning is never guaranteed. Most hearings are held at local Offices of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR), but they can also be conducted with the aid of video conferencing. The judge will ask you questions about your life, your disability and how it has affected you and your family. Based on the facts in the record, your interview and other testimony (from witnesses such as medical and vocational experts) provided at the hearing, the judge will make the best decision he or she can.
  9. What Is The Difference Between SSD, RSDI And SSI?
    • Basically, the SSD insurance program (also known as SSDI) is based on a person's work history, type of disability, and how much he or she has paid into Social Security. SSI is need-based assistance for disabled people and their dependent family members with fewer than $2,000 in assets, or $3,000 for married couples.
    • RSDI (Retirement, Survivors, and Disability Insurance) benefits are very similar to SSDI benefits. RSDI may be available to people who became disabled prior to age 22 if their parents die, retire or become disabled.
  10. What If I Am Over 50? How Will Age Affect My Case?
    • Requirements for SSD applicants over age 50 are more lax than those younger than this age benchmark. Work closely with an experienced lawyer to use this difference to your advantage if you are 50 years or older. Keep in mind that obtaining Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) does not affect the benefits you are eligible to receive from the SSA when you retire.

Get A Consultation With Our Social Security Disability Benefits Lawyers

If you are truly unable to maintain gainful employment because of a physical or mental impairment of any sort, you should speak with us about your options and entitlements available through SSD or SSI benefits. Call our office at 763-447-4103 or 888-351-0427 toll free, or complete our free case evaluation form. At Midwest Disability, P.A., you don't pay attorney fees unless and until we recover benefits on your behalf.