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FAQ About Social Security Disability

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is designed to help people who can no longer work. Unfortunately, those people face many obstacles in collecting SSDI. Application review can be a long process with the Social Security Administration (SSA), and many people end up denied the benefits they need.

Information is critical to collecting SSDI. At Marrell J. McNeal Attorney at Law, PC, in Opelika, Alabama, we can help you with initial applications and the hearing process for denied claims. SSDI attorney Marrell J. McNeal has spent more than 40 years committed to helping people through reliable and effective legal representation. He can step in and be the strong advocate you need in this process.

Contact our office to set up a free initial appointment. We can be reached online or by calling 334-275-4368. For general information about SSDI coverage and the process for collecting benefits, review our frequently asked questions below.

Who is eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits?

Eligibility for SSDI is dependent upon the degree of disability that the applicant faces and to what degree that disability affects his or her ability to perform a job within the national economy. Your work history must be long enough to qualify for SSDI. If your work history is not long enough, you may still qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which would pay benefits to you.

Can I continue working and still receive Social Security Disability benefits?

In some cases, you can continue working and receive SSDI benefits, but these are complex situations. Contact us for more information.

Is there a waiting period for collection of Social Security Disability benefits?

Payments may initiate six months from the onset of your disability. Determining and demonstrating the onset date can be challenging. That is why it is important to contact us as soon as possible, so you can develop a detailed application that accurately describes when your disability began.

What will it cost for my case?

There is no charge for attorney services from Marrell J. McNeal unless your case is successful. If you do win, a fee of 25% of past due wages is applied, with a maximum of $6,000.

How long until I get a hearing if I’ve been denied benefits?

If your application for SSDI was denied, contact us as soon as possible. You only have 60 days to request a hearing. The appeals process can take time — anywhere from 11 to 22 months. The earlier you take action with help from a lawyer, the more efficiently you move through the process.

If I am receiving SSDI benefits, and then reach full retirement age, will I then receive retirement benefits?

Your disability benefits are converted to retirement benefits when you reach retirement age.