Social Security Disability FAQ

Written by Sheri R. Abrams, Attorney at Law

Social Security Disability FAQ

WHAT ARE SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS? Social Security Disability is a benefit received fromrepparttar Social Security Administration by disabled workers and in some cases their dependents, similar to those received by retired workers.

WHO QUALIFIES? To receive benefits underrepparttar 119299 Social Security Disability program, you must have a physical or mental health problem (or a combination of problems) severe enough to keep you from working in any regular paying job for at least one year. The test isn't whether or not you are able to go back to your old job, andrepparttar 119300 test isn't whether or not you have been able to find a job lately. Rather,repparttar 119301 test is whether you are capable of doing any job available inrepparttar 119302 national economy. By using an extensive set of regulations,repparttar 119303 Social Security Administration takes into account your medical condition, your age, your abilities, your training and your work experience in deciding your case.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I QUALIFY FOR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS? If you are found eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, you will get paid retroactive benefits beginning 5 full months after you become disabled, but only for a maximum of 12 months before you applied for benefits. (Please see below for additional information on duration and amount.)

HOW MUCH MONEY WILL I RECEIVE IF I QUALIFY FOR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS? A disabled claimant will receiverepparttar 119304 same monthly benefit that he would receive had he retired at full retirement age (65 years old or more depending on age). The sum of money received will depend on one's previous work record.

HOW LONG WILL I BE ABLE TO RECEIVE SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS? You will receive Social Security Disability benefits as long as you remain disabled and unable to work. Your benefits will not run out because you did not contribute enough intorepparttar 119305 Social Security system.

WHEN SHOULD I APPLY FOR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS? You should apply for Social Security Disability benefits as soon as possible after you become disabled and unable to work. You do not need to wait 12 months to apply, your disability need only be expected to last for at least one year or will result in death.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS? You can fill out an application for Social Security Disability benefits atrepparttar 119306 local Social Security office nearest to your home or by telephone. The address and telephone number of your local Social Security office can be obtained by calling 1-800-772-1213. When applying you should be prepared to give Social Security a list withrepparttar 119307 names, addresses and phone numbers of allrepparttar 119308 doctors, hospitals or clinics who have treated you for your condition. You should also bring a list of where you have worked inrepparttar 119309 past 15 years.

You will also need to provide Social Security with an original or certified copy of your birth certificate, your last earnings documents (W-2, last pay stub, statement of your employer, etc.) and copies (keeprepparttar 119310 originals) of any medical records you may be able to obtain.

Please note, however, that you should not delay filing for benefits if all documents are not immediately available.

WHAT DO I DO IF I AM DENIED BENEFITS? Appeal! Many disabled people become disheartened and frustrated after they receive a disability benefits denial notice and do not appeal. This is often a mistake. Nationally, about 75% of all applicants are denied intially and about 90% are denied atrepparttar 119311 first appeal stage--Reconsideration. But many of these people ultimately receive their benefits, nationally about 70%.

Criminal Law Overview

Written by SWI Digital Staff

Criminal law involves prosecution byrepparttar government of a person for an act that has been classified as a crime. Civil cases, onrepparttar 119298 other hand, involve individuals and organizations seeking to resolve legal disputes. In a criminal caserepparttar 119299 state, through a prosecutor, initiatesrepparttar 119300 suit, while in a civil caserepparttar 119301 victim bringsrepparttar 119302 suit. Persons convicted of a crime may be incarcerated, fined, or both. However, persons found liable in a civil case may only have to give up property or pay money, but are not incarcerated. A "crime" is any act or omission (of an act) in violation of a public law forbidding or commanding it. Though there are some common law crimes, most crimes inrepparttar 119303 United States are established by local, state, and federal governments. Criminal laws vary significantly from state to state. There is, however, a Model Penal Code (MPC) which serves as a good starting place to gain an understanding ofrepparttar 119304 basic structure of criminal liability.

Crimes include both felonies (more serious offenses -- like murder or rape) and misdemeanors (less serious offenses -- like petty theft or jaywalking). Felonies are usually crimes punishable by imprisonment of a year or more, while misdemeanors are crimes punishable by less than a year. However, no act is a crime if it has not been previously established as such either by statute or common law. Recently,repparttar 119305 list of Federal crimes, dealing with activities extending beyond state boundaries or having special impact on federal operations, has grown. See Title 18.

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