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Portnoy Disability Practice

FAQ's

Do I need an attorney?

   Do not be fooled when Social Security tells you that you do not need an attorney. They are not on your side.  Applying for and obtaining Social Security benefits can be a long and frustrating legal process.  At Portnoy Disability we know how to navigate the confusing system to get you the benefits you need and deserve.

Is there any cost for you to review my case?

   No.  We never charge a fee unless you are awarded your benefits.  Contact us now for your free consultation.

What kind of disability benefits does Social Security offer?

   There are two different kinds of disability benefits available through Social Security.  Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (DIB) are available to disabled individuals who have worked and paid FICA taxes. Supplemental Security Income benefits (SSI) are available to disabled individuals who have limited income and resources.

What is the process for obtaining Social Security benefits?

   To become eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, you must file an Initial Application, complete paperwork with deadlines, obtain and send Social Security your medical records, and in many cases attend a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge. The process can be long, frustrating, and confusing. Having a knowledgeable attorney handle your case allows you to focus on your health.

How long will it take to receive my benefits?

   Obtaining Social Security benefits can be a long and frustrating process.  On average, it takes 4-5 months to receive a decision at the initial and reconsideration stages.  Individuals may wait as long as a year and a half for a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge.

What does it mean to be “disabled” according to Social Security?

   To be disabled according to Social Security:

  • you must be unable to do work you did before and you cannot adjust to other work because of a medical condition.
  • your disability must last or be expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.

You can be disabled for many different kinds of illnesses, including psychological illness.

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