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Social Security Disability FAQ

At Gardberg & Kemmerly, P.C. Attorneys at Law, we get many people coming to our Mobile, Alabama, office with serious questions for a Social Security Disability lawyer. We know how important it is for you to find the answers you’re seeking, so here are a few of the questions we see most often.

How do I qualify for SSDI?

Certain eligibility qualifications must be met. First of all, to qualify as a disability, the condition has to keep you from working for a minimum of 12 months. It may last for life. In terms of work history, you typically earn four credits per year of employment and you need 40 total to qualify. At least half of them need to have been earned in the last decade.

What is Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and how is it different from SSDI?

The biggest difference with SSI is that it may be based on disability, like SSDI, but it is also a safety net for those with few assets and limited income. It applies to those who are over 65 years old.

How do I apply for SSDI or SSI benefits?

Our experienced team can help you submit the proper paperwork to apply for benefits. You not only fill out the base application, but you also need to offer medical evidence showing that you are disabled. This is often described as the “cornerstone” of the process, so having the proper medical records and other evidence is critical.

How long does it take to get a decision on an SSDI or SSI claim?

This can be a long process that usually takes at least six months for an initial decision. Appeals take up to two years or more. The case will take longer if paperwork and documents are missing or if you are denied and have to appeal – two reasons why working with skilled attorneys can make the process faster than doing it alone.

We have more than three decades of experience helping clients obtain the Social Security Disability benefits they deserve. Call 251-243-7872 or send us an email to schedule your free initial consultation.