Social Security Disability Lawyers in Fort Smith
Social Security Disability Benefits Made Easier
An experience attorney will deal with the government on your behalf
It is a common misconception that disability benefits are immediately available to you the moment after you become disabled. This is simply not true. An attorney at WALKER & HARP, P.L.L.C. stands ready to explain the Social Security disability process to you.
As a preliminary matter, you must demonstrate the following to be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits:
First, you must have worked for a certain amount of time during the years before you became disabled. SSDI candidates who do not meet this history of earnings threshold may only be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. For candidates who meet this threshold, the dollar amount of your disability compensation depends in part on your history of earnings.
Second, your disability must meet the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) definition of disability. According to the SSA, you qualify for SSDI only if:
- You cannot do the work you did before you became disabled
- You cannot perform another job in your current medical condition
- Your doctor expects that your injury will last for at least one year or result in death.
There are delays between the date of your disability’s onset and the date when your disability benefits begin. You are not entitled to SSDI payments for six months after the date of onset of your disability. You may be able to work part-time and draw your benefits. Your attorney can explain the Social Security disability program to you in greater detail during a one-on-one initial consultation at no charge
If you are ineligible for SSDI benefits, you may be eligible for SSI benefits
You may be eligible for SSI benefits even if you have not worked enough to qualify for SSDI benefits.
Contact us today for legal advice and guidance
A lawyer familiar with the Social Security claims process can be invaluable to you as you file for disability benefits. WALKER & HARP, P.L.L.C. can explain the claims process and help you secure your benefits. Call us at 479-783-5000 or contact us online to schedule a consultation at our Fort Smith, Arkansas office.
Fort Smith Office
400 North 6th Street
P.O. Box 998
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72902-0998