Roy Weddleton
  Concord, NH 03301
(603) 228-1360 • roy@granitelaw.com

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Social Security Disability

Did you know that over 50% of the applicants who were denied social security disability benefits have won on appeal? Usually an attorney gets involved when you have been denied and when your request from reconsideration has also been denied. Don’t fret.

To qualify for benefits under social security disability, you must have "a physical or mental impairment that is expected to keep you from doing any substantial work for at least one year" or a condition that is expected to result in your death. Substantial work means income over $500 per month.

File as soon as you can. However, usually the monthly benefits do not begin until the sixth full month of your disability.

You cannot "double-dip." If you receive workers' compensation benefits or some other government disability benefits, your social security benefits will be reduced. The most you and your family can receive is 80% of what you earned before you became disabled.

The disability benefits continue as long as your condition stays the same or worse. Although there are some special rules to permit you to try to return to work, if you return to "substantial work," you could lose your benefits.

You can afford a lawyer. The Social Security Administration makes it possible for you to retain an attorney on a contingency basis with the attorney usually receiving 25% of any back benefits you may get. If you are denied benefits, you do not owe the attorney any fee, although you may be responsible for a few out-of-pocket expenes.

If you have questions or want additional information,
call Attorney Weddleton at 603-228-1360 or e-mail him roy@granitelaw.com.
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