Social Security Disability FAQs
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Q: What are Permanent Partial Disability benefits?
A: The Social Security Administration not only provides benefits for temporary disabilities, they also have a special category for people who have suffered a permanent disability who may be able to return to work, but not work as effectively as they did before the injury. These permanent partial disabilities include loss of a finger or limb, loss of an eye, or loss of hearing in one or both ears.
The Social Security Administration estimates that of all cases in which temporary disability lasted more than one week, over half of these resulted in permanent partial disability. These victims not only qualified for Social Security disability benefits, but Worker’s Compensation as well.
However, the amount victims receive for permanent partial disability varies greatly. For instance, some states do not consider the worker’s pre-injury income amount when calculating benefits. In others, retirees can receive permanent disability benefits despite the fact that they do not plan to work in the future.
Depending what rules are applied and what state a person lives in, workers with similar injuries could receive significantly different amounts of benefit payments. To find out how much you could receive in Social Security benefits, call the experienced West Palm Beach Social Security disability lawyers at Fetterman & Associates today.
Q: I was denied Florida Social Security Disability benefits. Is there a way to appeal?
A: Yes, and it’s a good idea to do so. Of all the claims sent to the Social Security Administration for consideration, over 60% are denied. Many people who are rejected after the initial filing will stop trying-which saves the government a considerable amount of money.
Social Security Disability Appeal
If you appeal the decision, you actually have a greater chance of receiving benefits, since this will qualify you for a disability hearing. At the hearing, you have an opportunity to testify in person about your disability, and give the committee a chance to see the particulars of your case. This is much more effective than the initial filing stage, as reading about a disability on paper is never as moving as witnessing it firsthand.
It is even more effective if you have an experienced West Palm Beach social security disability lawyer on your side at the hearing, since the court may ask for your work history and medical records as further evidence of your disability. Most importantly, you only have 60 days from the date of denial to submit an appeal-so don’t wait! Call Fetterman & Associates today at 561-983-4584 to get started on your Florida social security benefits case.
Q: Will I lose my Florida Social Security Disability benefits if my condition improves?
A: Social Security disability benefits are meant to help those who are most in need of aid. This is why the Social Security Administration only provides payments for people whose disability is unlikely to improve, or will last a considerable length of time.
If your injury improves while you are collecting disability benefits, you may see a decrease in payments. Since the decision is based upon financial need, your monthly payment can be affected if you:
- Are able to return to work
- If your injury no longer meets the SSA’s definition of disabled
- If you are able to earn a substantial income despite your injury
There are some work incentives provided by the Social Security Administration to ease injured workers back into employment. In these cases, payments will continue while the disabled person works, just in case the injury worsens or reoccurs.
The important thing to remember is that as long as you are disabled, you are entitled to receive benefits. If your benefits were unjustly suspended, call Fetterman & Associates today to get help from an experienced West Palm Beach Social Security disability lawyer.
Q: How much would my family receive in Social Security benefits if I died today?
A: Planning ahead for your family’s needs is extremely wise. If your family is dependent on your income, you will want to make sure that your Social Security survivor benefits are enough to provide for your loved ones after you are no longer around.
The Social Security Administration can estimate the amount of monthly payments made to your survivors. For example, if you are a 61-year-old retiree who last worked in 1990, your family’s monthly income would be:
- $1,067 for your children
- $1,067 for your spouse, if they are caring for any minor children
- $1,423 for your spouse when he or she retires
- $2,647 in maximum monthly payments for your dependents
These amounts are not only based on age, but the amount that you have paid into Social Security during your lifetime. If you were to pass away while you are still working, your family will be covered by your Social Security survivor insurance, and may be entitled to an even larger monthly payment.
For more information on how Social Security can provide benefits to your family, call the experienced West Palm Beach Social Security Disability Lawyer at Fetterman & Associates today or Call us at 561-845-2510 for FREE consultation.
Q: I have a disability not listed on the website. Are there other sensory loss Social Security benefits?
A: There are many different types of sensory loss Social Security disabilities. While blindness and hearing loss are the most common, the Social Security Administration recognizes that a loss or impairment of any sense can affect a person’s ability to work.
For example, the administration provides disability benefits for people suffering labyrinthine-vestibular function, an inner-ear disorder. This condition can have a number of inhibiting side-effects, including:
- Balance problems
- Loss of position sense
- Loss of motion
- Strong or sudden dizziness
- Paroxysms or seizures
- Nausea or vomiting
- Chronic vertigo
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Intermittent hearing loss
For more information on how Social Security can provide benefits to your family, call the experienced West Palm Beach Social Security Disability Attorney at Fetterman & Associates today or Call us at 561-845-2510 for FREE consultation.