If you are disabled, you (and certain members of your family) could be able to collect benefits under a program known as Social Security Disability (SSD). Anyone collecting this has usually worked for a while and paid into the system through taxes, or has very low income. Any disability should be expected to last at least a year or be permanent. Applying will take between 3 and 5 months to hear back from the SSA as to whether or not you qualify.
Social Security disability payment dates are determined by the date of birth of the person who is disabled. If a person is receiving benefits based on his or her own disability, their payment date is based on his or own own birthdate. If a person is receiving benefits based on a family member or spouse’s disability, the payment date is based on the disabled family member’s birthdate.
All payments are made via direct deposit. The day in which your deposit will go through is known as your payment date. The payment date is on the second Wednesday of the month if the birthdate of the person falls between the 1st and 10th of the month. The payment date is on the third Wednesday of the month if the birthdate is between the 11th and the 20th. The payment date is on the fourth Wednesday of the month if the birthdate is between the 21st and the 31st of the month. Payment dates of federal holidays will be postponed until the next day that is not a holiday. You will be notified of your payment date in a letter from the SSA.
Applying for SSDI benefits is easier with an attorney than without one, though it possible to do the latter. Attorneys can be helpful in many ways, and your chances of a favorable result are much higher. Anything needed, such as medical witnesses and evidence, are easier to get. Questions that might be asked at a hearing will most likely be addressed and prepared for, and an attorney can argue your case for you in front of a judge. The most important reason to use an attorney is that your attorney can help address any questions or concerns you have about the application process.