Frequently Asked Questions for Our Social Security Disability Lawyers

If you never have filed for or received Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits,  you likely will have many questions about what is involved in the process.

Based on our years of experience with helping disabled workers and their families throughout upstate South Carolina to obtain disability benefits, the lawyers of Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., have compiled the following list of frequently asked questions.

While these FAQs can help you to get a better understanding of what lies ahead when pursuing SSD benefits, this is only general information. We encourage you to follow up by contacting us in order to speak directly with a lawyer about the specific circumstances in your case.


Does my doctor need to say I am disabled?

When it comes to obtaining SSD benefits, your doctor doesn’t make the ultimate determination of whether you are “disabled.” Still, your doctor’s opinion will carry significant weight. Continue reading

Do I have to work a certain number of years to qualify for SSD benefits?

How long you need to work in order to be eligible for disability benefits will depend on how old you are when you your disability arises. Continue reading

How long will it take to get a decision on my claim?

It generally takes between 3-6 months for a decision to be made on your initial application. If your claim is denied, it could take much longer to resolve your appeals. However, there are a few ways to try to move the process along faster. Continue reading

If my application is denied, how long do I have to appeal it?

You will always have 60 days from the date of your last denial to submit a written appeal in your case plus five days for mailing time. The failure to meet this deadline could be costly. Continue reading

Can I collect both workers’ compensation and SSD benefits?

Yes, you can file for and collect both S.C. workers’ compensation benefits and SSD benefits. However, there is a possibility that your SSD benefits will be reduced if you collect both. Continue reading

Will I have to pay taxes on my disability benefits?

Yes, there are circumstances in which you may have to pay federal income tax on your SSD benefits. It will depend on whether you are filing an individual or joint tax return. Continue reading

If I receive Social Security Disability benefits, can my family receive benefits?

Yes, certain members of your family may qualify for benefits based on your record. However, there are limits. Continue reading

Does a person seeking disability benefits need to hire an attorney?

Technically, you do not need to be represented by a lawyer when you apply for SSD benefits. However, we would highly recommend that you do seek legal help. Continue reading

To learn more about how Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., can assist you, simply contact us today. We provide free consultations and do not charge for our services unless you obtain the benefits you are seeking.