Common Disability Claim
Questions of West Virginia

Social Security Disability FAQ

Generally, a person who is disabled and cannot work due to his or her impairment is eligible for SSD. However, more often than not, benefits are denied, forcing the claimant to appeal. This is usually caused from missing paperwork, incorrectly completed documents, or other errors due to the claimant’s lack of understanding of the process. While cases of Social Security Disability can differ, there are some common questions many may have when filing. Some of these questions include:

How Long Do I Have to File a SSD Claim?

As long as you are considered eligible to receive benefits, you can file a SSD claim anytime. Eligibility is standardized by the Social Security Administration. Generally, if you suffer from a physical or mental impairment lasting longer than 12 months that prevents you from acquiring a substantial income, you are eligible for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income.

Who Determines Whether I am Disabled?

The Social Security Administration, or SSA, determines if an applicant is qualified to receive SSD. Social Security Disability is available for those who have a disability or condition severe enough to prevent them from working for a livable wage. The SSA requires certain medical documentation from licensed professionals to prove your eligibility, so contact Andrea Pecora & Associates as soon as you believe you are qualified for benefits.

What Does the Social Security Administration Consider “Disabled?”

If your mental or physical state does not allow you to to earn a livable wage, you may be eligible for SSD or SSI. Your condition must have existed, or be expected to exist, for at least one year according to a medical professional. Other factors may be taken into consideration, such as your previous level of ability required to adequately perform your occupational duties compared with your current abilities.

How Do I Apply for SSD or SSI?

Contacting the experts at Andrea Pecora & Associates is the best first step you can take when deciding to apply for SSD or SSI benefits. You will be required to complete paperwork
Once you decide to apply for disability benefits, then you will need to complete all the paperwork required by the Social Security Administration and begin gathering all the medical records, lab tests and other documentation that will back up your claim of disability. You will also need to present work records that establish your work history and inability to perform needed tasks in these areas of work due to your impairment.

How Long Do I Have to Wait for A Decision?

There is no specific time frame to expect a decision about your SSD benefits. The approval process can take 90 days or more. Varying degrees of disability, different work loads of caseworkers, and disparate amounts of research can make the process longer or shorter.

What is Disability Determination Services?

The Disability Determination Services agency receives and processes claims for SSD and SSI benefits. As a part of the State Department of Rehabilitation Services, it is the first level of decision making in terms of benefit approval or denial.

What Information is Used to Approve or Deny My SSD Claim?

Medical and occupational information will be used to determine your eligibility for SSD or SSI benefits. The most important documentation can be determined by the professionals at Andrea Pecora & Associates, so call us at (304) 622-1919 today!

Can I Work While on Social Security Disability?

While a beneficiary can work while applying for and even receiving SSD, he or she may not earn more than the Substantial Gainful Amount. The SGA changes periodically, but a person earning more than this amount will be denied any Social Security Disability benefits.

Contact Andrea Pecora & Associates for Questions About SSD

Many aspects of Social Security Disability can be confusing or unclear. Andrea Pecora & Associates based in Clarksburg, WV, offers the most complete guidance and expertise when it comes to SSD. If you have any questions or concerns when filing for Social Security Disability, appealing the denial of benefits, and more, contact our office today at (304) 622-1919. We are always more than happy to help!