Frequently Asked Questions About SSDI

Do you have questions about Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims in Kentucky? The attorneys at McLaughlin Burke, PLLC, in Shepherdsville are here to answer them and guide you through the SSDI claim or appeal process.

Common questions we receive concerning disability benefits include:

Q: Am I entitled to SSDI benefits?

A: You must meet several requirements to qualify for SSDI benefits, including:

  • You must have a qualifying physical or mental health impairment.
  • Your condition must have lasted at least 12 months, be expected to last at least 12 months or be expected to end in death.
  • You must have paid enough into the system through work credits.

A knowledgeable attorney can review your situation to determine if you qualify for benefits.

Q: Is my disability a "qualifying disability"?

A: Numerous physical and mental health impairments are considered qualifying disabilities. The federal government keeps an extensive list of these impairments. Even if your condition is not on the list, you may still qualify if you suffer from a combination of medical conditions.

Q: SSDI vs. SSI what is the difference?

A: Payments under Social Security Disability Insurance are based on your work history. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are based on your level of financial need.

Q: What if I am denied disability?

A: Do not despair. The overwhelming majority of initial disability claims are denied. Your best chance to qualify for benefits is through the appeals process. There are several stages of appeals, some written and some heard before Social Security Administration (SSA) officials. Our firm can represent you at all stages of the appeals process.

Q: I've seen "nonattorney" SSDI services advertised on TV. Are there advantages to working with an attorney?

A: You don't have to hire an attorney for your SSDI claim or appeal, but your chances of success can be greatly improved if you do. A successful claim requires navigating the complex SSDI process, including compiling medical records. Your appeal may also require an administrative law judge hearing or even a federal court appeal. Attorneys deal with these complex issues every day. If you go it alone or with the help of a nonattorney, you could be making a big mistake.

Q: How does my attorney get paid?

A: The good news for SSDI claimants is that they do not have to pay an attorney fee upfront. Your lawyer will get paid only if he or she wins your case. Your attorney's fee is limited by statutory guidelines and will come out of your disability back pay when your claim is approved.

Do You Have More Questions?

We hope you find this general Social Security Disability FAQ page informational. For specific information and advice on your claim, call our law offices at 502-277-9322 or reach out to us online.