Are You Entitled To Social Security Disability? Talk To An Experienced Lawyer In Killeen, Texas.
Social Security Disability benefits are like an insurance policy. More specifically called disability insurance benefits, if you have paid in enough money over a certain time period and are disabled as defined by the Social Security Administration, you are eligible for benefits.
Because the process can be somewhat complex and lengthy, having a lawyer to represent your interests is highly recommended.
At Michalk, Beatty & Alcozer, L.P., attorney Manuel Alcozer handles much of our SSD matters from our office in Killeen.
He is a sustaining member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) and also Board-Certified by the National Board for Social Security Disability Advocacy. He has worked on hundreds of claims and is ready to step in and assist you at any point in the process.
Skilled Social Security Disability Lawyers Serving Texas
At Michalk, Beatty & Alcozer, L.P., we handle all matters relating to SSD such as:
- Initial applications
- Administrative law judge hearings
Our Killeen-based attorneys have the knowledge, resources and experience necessary to effectively represent your interests. We know what elements of the application will be looked at when it is reviewed, and we know what to expect at all points in the process.
We are here to answer your questions, which may include:
- How do I know if I am disabled?
- Am I disabled enough for SSD?
- Can I work while on SSD?
- What if I cannot afford a doctor?
- Can I collect Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and SSD benefits?
- How can I improve my odds of being awarded benefits?
- Can I qualify for SSD due to a mental illness?
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Learn More About SSD Benefits
Social Security Disability benefits can help you support your family when an illness or injury keeps you from being able to work. Often, the process can seem overwhelming.
These are answers to some of the questions we often get about SSD benefits.
Can Someone Receive SSD Benefits For A Mental Health Condition?
While it can be challenging to get approval for Social Security Disability benefits due to mental illness, it is possible.
When you are unable to work due to mental illness, it is important to have skilled legal support as you make a claim for SSD benefits. Our experienced attorneys can help you make your claim for benefits or face an appeal if you were denied benefits.
Can I Collect Supplemental Security Income (SSI) And SSD Benefits?
When you qualify for both SSI and SSD, it is known as receiving “concurrent benefits.” To qualify for concurrent benefits, you must meet the eligibility requirements for both SSI and SSD. If you qualify for both SSI and SSDI, you will receive the higher of the two benefits. However, your SSI benefit may be reduced if you also receive SSDI.
How Important Is Having A Lawyer During The SSD Appeals Process?
Facing a denial of SSD benefits can be confusing and frustrating. However, you do have the opportunity to make an appeal. It is crucial to have a skilled attorney to support your appeal.
Often, the process is complex and includes strict timelines and paperwork requirements. Our team at Michalk, Beatty & Alcozer, L.P., can help you make your appeal for SSD benefits.
Can A Person Work While Receiving SSD Benefits?
Yes, you can work while receiving SSD benefits. In some cases, you can participate in a work trial period where you go back to work to determine how much you can do with your disability. After the trial period, there may be a reduction in your SSD benefits depending on how much you are earning at work.
What Happens If An Individual’s Medical Condition Improves While Receiving SSD Benefits?
If your condition improves while you are receiving SSD benefits, you may need to demonstrate that you are still unable to work. Depending on how much your condition improves, you may no longer be eligible for benefits.
How Long Does It Take To Receive SSD Benefits After Applying?
The average wait time for SSD benefits is five to seven months. However, there may be aspects to your situation that make that process take more or less time than average.
Working With A Board-Certified Social Security Disability Attorney
Our attorney, Manuel Alcozer, is nationally board-certified in Social Security Disability Law. This means he has met the high standards of the National Board of Social Security Disability Advocacy. In addition to passing a national exam, lawyers certified in this area also must have a minimum of five years of experience in Social Security Disability law. Fewer than 100 lawyers in the United States have this distinction.
Attorney Alcozer has many years of experience helping people work through the process of receiving SSD benefits as well as dealing with appeals when they arise.
Also Handling SSD Appeals
The application process for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits may seem very straightforward, but oftentimes those who apply for benefits the first time are denied. If you have been denied benefits, you should seek assistance from a lawyer.
Our Killeen Social Security Disability attorneys handle appeals all the way to the federal court. We are familiar with the appellate process. Attorney Manuel Alcozer has handled hundreds of cases before Social Security law judges and to the Appeals Council and Federal Court.
Reach Out To Us Today
For SSD matters, we offer free initial consultations. Please contact us at 254-727-7235 or send an email. We are happy to schedule consultations to meet your convenience in Killeen, Austin or elsewhere.