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Social Security Disability FAQs

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Qualifying for Disability Benefits

Are mental illnesses eligible for disability benefits?

Yes. Mental illnesses are often used as a basis for getting Social Security disability benefits. Find out if you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits today!


How can I improve my chances of winning my Social Security Disability claim?

First, be honest and thorough when reporting your condition to Social Security. People are sometimes embarrassed to report psychological difficulties or learning disabilities, even though both can be important factors in receiving benefits. When y Read More...

What are the important deadlines I need to watch?

INITIAL FILING – You should make your initial application to Social Security as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, the backlog, especially once the case gets to an Administrative Law Judge, is enormous right now.

While the backlog di

Applying for Disability Benefits

How long does it take to get my disability benefits once a claim for benefits is filed?

It can take approximately four months to receive a decision on your initial application. If your application is denied, it can take an additional year and a half to get a decision as your claim works its way through the appeals process. However, c Read More...

Does my age matter when trying to receive disability benefits?

Yes. The Social Security Administration looks at age as one of the factors when determining disability. The administration evaluates age as follows:

  • 18-49 is a younger worker
  • 50-54 is closely approaching advanced age
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If I applied but was denied, what should I do?

Now you file a written request for reconsideration within 60 days of the denial notice. After receiving a denial letter, there are four levels of review: Reconsideration, Hearing, Appeals Council, and Federal Court.

If you were denied, we s

Denied Disability Benefits

I was denied. Should I appeal?

You should definitely appeal. We can help you get started with your appeal by filing a written request for reconsideration within 60 days of your denial notice. After that, there are four levels of review: Reconsideration, Hearing, Appeals Council Read More...

My doctor says I’m disabled so why is Social Security denying my disability claim?

It is not up to your doctor to determine whether you are disabled. It is up to Social Security to make their own decision, but your doctor’s opinion definitely helps.


Social Security said that I would be able to return to work. Should I wait to see if my health improves or should I appeal?

You have a limited time to appeal your initial denial – don’t wait to see if your health improves. Contact Lachman & Gorton today. Let our experience help win you the benefits you deserve.


If I received notice that I will have a hearing, what should I do?

At this point, it’s best to contact an attorney to represent you at your hearing. An attorney can gather all the medical evidence and records necessary for you to have the best chance of winning disability benefits. Social Security’s o Read More...

Will Lachman & Gorton represent me at a hearing if one is necessary?

Yes. If you were denied disability benefits, call us right away. We’ll look over your medical records and work history and set a strategy to help prove that you’re disabled. If you have a hearing scheduled, we’ll help you gather all your evi Read More...

If I lose my case after my hearing, can a lawyer still help me?

Yes. A lawyer can help you file a civil action in the United States District Court or appeal your claim to the United States Court of Appeals.

At Lachman & Gorton, we’re with you at each stage of your claim. Should you lose your case Read More...

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

What is Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a program for people with little or no income or resources that have not paid enough money into the Social Security system to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.

If you have a disability an

Working With a Disability Attorney

Why do I need a lawyer to help me? Why should I hire Lachman & Gorton?

The Social Security Disability system is laced with pitfalls and involves thousands of different rules, regulations, and procedures. You can be denied benefits if your doctor doesn’t know the legal definition of disability. You can also be denie Read More...

Is Lachman & Gorton very experienced in Social Security Disability?

We’ve helped thousands of people win disability benefits. We have the experience necessary to help you get the disability benefits you deserve. Call us today.


How much does it cost to hire Lachman & Gorton for my Social Security Disability claim?

The law regulates attorneys’ fees in Social Security Disability cases. So virtually every disability lawyer works on the same fee basis. The lawyer’s fee is 25% of the past due disability benefits you get. There is no fee if you don’t win. Read More...

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