SSDI And SSI FAQs

At Southeast Disability Advocates, we take an educational approach to the practice of Social Security Disability law. We will take the time to answer your questions, explain the process and help you understand what will come next.

Answers to some frequently asked questions appear below. You probably have questions about your own case. In a free consultation, an attorney or representative can answer your questions and explain how we can help you.

Call us today at 800-789-4345.

Am I going to win my case?

Nearly everyone asks this question. However, there is no one answer — because every case is different. We can say that Southeast Disability Advocates has a high rate of success in Social Security Disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cases*. When you choose us to represent you, we will provide you with an indication of how we think the case will unfold, and your chances for success.

How long does it take to get results after filing a Request for Reconsideration?

Unfortunately, due to backlogs at the Social Security Administration, it can take up to 24 months for a decision to be made concerning the granting of benefits. Under the Wounded Warriors program, veterans with a VA disability rating who are claiming SSDI benefits are entitled to expedited processing of their claim and may get an answer in about eight months. Rest assured that Southeast Disability Advocates will do everything we can to expedite your case.

How much do your services cost?

You pay no fees up front. Southeast Disability Advocates takes all SSDI and SSI cases on contingency fee basis. That means we will paid only after we obtain benefits for you. When we do succeed on your behalf, the fee will be 25 percent of the back benefits you are owed and that will be paid by Social Security from your past due benefits. You do not pay the fee out of pocket. This fee is set by federal law. From the date you are found disabled and going forward, you will receive 100 percent of the benefits you are entitled to.

Can I claim SSDI benefits before my workers' compensation claim ends?

Yes you can and probably should. Given the backlogs at the Social Security Administration, you should apply for SSDI benefits as soon as possible, because your eligibility for Social Security Disability expires five years after you stop working.

I have chemical dependency issues in addition to physical ailments. Can I quality for SSDI benefits?

In certain cases, it is possible to qualify, though addiction to alcohol or drugs could disqualify you. It depends on the circumstances of your case. Do not hesitate calling us however, because success may be possible.

How can I get by until my claim is approved and I start getting benefits?

This is a question facing many people who cannot work due to disability or illness. Our firm has identified medical resources in Florida and Alabama that can provide care and treatment at no cost or greatly reduced cost. In addition, we can direct you to charitable organizations that provide help to people in need.

I have several medical conditions, but none of them are disabling in themselves. But I still can't work. Can I qualify for SSDI benefits?

Many people have multiple conditions that can prevent them from working. The Social Security Administration will consider the totality of your medical condition and so it may be possible for you to qualify for benefits.

Free Consultation — Contact Us Today

For a free consultation with a lawyer, call Southeast Disability Advocates at 800-789-4345 or contact us online. We can meet with you in our Destin office or one of our six other offices.

* Past results are not indicative of success in any future case.