Frequently Asked Questions
Is an attorney required to receive Social Security?
Your chances of winning your case can improve if you have an attorney like Donna who understands and has experience in disability law. Attorneys like Donna who limit their practice to Social Security Disability claims are more familiar with the complex regulations and processes. But no, it isn’t required to retain an attorney to get Social Security benefits.
Don’t all attorneys have experience with Social Security?
Much like physicians, attorneys tend to limit their practice to a few select areas of the law. In the same way that you would not want your family physician to perform a coronary artery bypass, you don’t want an attorney who has only a vague familiarity with Social Security to represent you in your claim. Donna is certified as a specialist in Social Security Disability by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and has almost three decades of experience in handling Social Security Disability claims.
Could someone who isn’t a licensed attorney represent me?
What if I’ve already been denied Social Security benefits?
When should I consult with an attorney?
Should I consult an attorney before going to a hearing?
What if I don’t have enough money to hire an attorney?
Like most attorneys, Donna handles Social Security Disability cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that if she does not win your case, you do not owe a fee for her services. The initial consultation is completely free.
Am I eligible for Social Security benefits?
How long must I have worked to get Social Security Disability benefits?
Generally speaking, you must have worked a total of 40 quarters, and five out of the ten years immediately prior to becoming disabled for you to be fully insured for disability benefits. Some exceptions apply for younger individuals. If you are covered by Social Security Disability Insurance, you may be able to receive a monthly check, and you may be eligible for Medicare if you are unable to work because of physical or mental impairment.
What if I haven’t worked that long?
Even if you have not worked enough years to be covered by Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may be available. The SSI program provides a monthly benefit for disabled individuals, and it also provides Medicaid health insurance for those who have not worked or have not worked for a long enough period to be covered by Social Security Disability.