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Frequently Asked Questions About Social Security Disability Insurance

Long-term illness or injury requires long-term assistance. The government programs in place to provide you with these benefits are complicated and frustrating. However, you do not have to move forward with this without the help of Social Security Disability Insurance attorneys who understand what’s going on.

At Durkin Law Offices, attorney Thomas W. Durkin has spent 25 years taking on the most complex Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) problems. He speaks directly with clients from across Wisconsin. While questions may require detailed conversations about your unique needs, many of our clients start off with questions such as:

Can I get both SSDI and SSI?

The short answer is yes. Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are completely different programs, even if they provide similar benefits. SSI payments are typically available a lot sooner than SSDI, as the disability requirements are different.

It is important to know that you will not get more income even if you get payments from both programs. Once SSDI benefits begin, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will reduce your SSI benefits.

Do I need an attorney to file for SSD benefits?

You do not need an attorney to file for Social Security Disability benefits. The SSA wants the process to be administrative and easy to understand. The reality is that it is not as easy as intended. There are rules, filing dates and subtle requirements that you can easily miss.

However, an SSDI attorney with decades of experience can make a massive impact. Attorney Thomas Durkin understands the SSDI claims process and knows exactly what to do in the face of obstacles.

How long will it take to resolve my SSDI claim?

To receive SSDI payments, you must be unable to complete “substantial gainful activity” for at least one year. That is the minimum amount of time for your benefits to begin. However, if there are complications or denials, this timeline can be extended.

There is no set amount of time for your claim to be resolved. It will take as long as it takes; however, Thomas Durkin will stay with your claim for as long as necessary.

What is substantial gainful activity?

Substantial gainful activity is a major requirement for receiving benefits. It is the ability to work and earn a specific amount of money in one month. As of this writing in 2024, that amount is $1,550 and $2,590 if you are blind. However, the SSA updates this threshold regularly. Reach out to us to find out the current rate and to learn more about our services.

Can I receive Social Security Disability benefits and still work at the same time?

If you work some, that is fine. However, the threshold of substantial gainful activity limits how much you can earn if you do work. You must be careful not to make too much in a month or you may lose access to any or all of your benefits. It can take some time to get them reinitialized.

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