Social Security Disability FAQ

Alabama SSD and SSI Attorneys

Our nation has set up two programs — Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) — to provide benefits for people who cannot work due to disability or illness. Children may also be eligible for SSI benefits.

A high percentage of initial SSD and SSI claims are denied at first, usually because they lack the proper paperwork and the information the Social Security Administration is looking for. Powell & Denny has over 30 years of combined experience preparing these claims. We understand the SSI process.

Powell & Denny can provide a free case evaluation. Call 1-800-227-0882 to speak with an experienced lawyer.


What help can Powell & Denny provide?

Our firm has one mission — to help disabled and injured people obtain the compensation and benefits they earned.

We assist and represent clients throughout the entire process. We can help you prepare your claim or step in at any time after that. Our firm can collect and organize the medical information needed to pursue your claim and represent you in your hearing before the administrative law judge.

Powell & Denny will be there with you throughout the entire legal process.


The Social Security Administration denied my claim. Do I have any options?

Absolutely. Many applicants simply give up after having been denied on their initial claim. Don't give up. With the help of an experienced attorney, you may still be able to get your claim approved.

Our lawyers understand the claims approval process, the rules that apply to SSD and SSI claims, and how to guide claims through the system. Our goal will be to obtain benefits for you.


I haven't worked for 6 years. Is it possible to get SSD benefits? What about SSI benefits?

Even if you have had a long lapse between periods of employment, you may still be entitled to SSD benefits. In fact, it may be possible for you to file a claim for both SSD and SSI benefits, what is called a concurrent claim.

Powell & Denny understands the complex rules and procedures of the system. We will work to obtain all the benefits you need and deserve.


Does a condition have to be physical to qualify for SSD or SSI?

No. A number of behavioral disorders can qualify you for benefits, including mental illness, depression, anxiety, or severe childhood behavioral problems. Powell & Denny can discuss your situation.


What will it cost me up front to hire Powell & Denny to represent me in my claim for Social Security Disability benefits?

You will not have to pay anything for a phone discussion or for our initial, personnel consultation, and by law, the only way our firm can receive payment is if we help you win your claim for disability benefits.


Will the same attorney I meet with personally handle my hearing for Social Security Disability benefits?

Yes, if at all possible, the attorney who you speak on the phone with and meet with in our office will represent you at your hearing for disability benefits. Rest assured that you will not be passed onto another attorney who does not know who you are or the facts about your claim for disability benefits.


If I am able to work a little, can I still qualify for Social Security Disability benefits?

Yes. To qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, the Social Security Administration has to find that, given your disabilities, you are unable to perform “substantial gainful activity,” which is classified as a certain amount of money earned by working. Call Powell & Denny so we can help you determine if you are entitled to Social Security Disability benefits.


What is the difference between Social Security Disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? Social Security Disability benefits are awarded to persons who are unable to work because of their disabilities who have a qualifying work history. SSI is a needs-based program, and to qualify for SSI benefits a person must be disabled and have limited economic resources.


Can I receive workers’ compensation benefits and Social Security Disability benefits at the same time?

Yes, although workers’ compensation benefits may cause a reduction in your Social Security Disability benefits.

You probably have additional social security questions. An attorney at Powell & Denny can answer these and provide a free case evaluation.


For a free initial consultation with Powell & Denny, call 1-800-227-0882 or contact us online. We have offices in Birmingham and Huntsville, Alabama, to serve you.

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