Social Security Disability FAQ

How do I know if I should apply for SSD or SSI?

To qualify for SSD benefits you must have worked a certain number of years and contributed through taxes to SSD. For those who do not meet this criterion, SSI may be an option.

How do I know if I have a valid claim?

There is a five-step assessment in order to qualify for SSD or SSI:

  • You cannot be currently employed.
  • You need to have a severe impairment.
  • Your impairment must be on the list approved by the government.
  • If your impairment is not on the government-approved list, does it prevent you from performing relevant past work?
  • If you cannot perform relevant past work, can you perform any other type of work?

My claim was denied. What do I do now?

Many legitimate claims are initially denied, but you have the option to appeal your denied claim.

Do I need an attorney to file an appeal?

You are not required to work with a lawyer on your appeal. However, those who use legal counsel during the appeals process often have a better chance of a successful outcome. The SSD and SSI appeals process can be complex. An experienced attorney can help make sure that your application is complete, that you have the right medical evidence and that no deadlines are missed.

How much does it cost to hire your law firm?

At the Carlile Law Firm LLP, we take SSD and SSI appeals cases on a contingency basis. This means if we do not win your case, you do not owe us anything. While most law firms do not require clients to reimburse for attorney’s fees when the case is unsuccessful, many will still require you to pay for expenses — even when they lose your case. When you work with us, if your appeal is not successful, you will not have to pay for anything. No attorney’s fee and no expenses.

If we do win your claim, our attorney’s fees are dictated by federal law. The government will pay our law firm a portion of your benefits back pay, up to a set capped amount.

Learn More About SSD And SSI Appeals

Need more Social Security Disability information? Contact our law firm to further understand your rights and options for appealing SSD or SSI. We represent clients in Marshall, Longview and throughout Eastern Texas.

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