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Milwaukee, WI Social Security Disability FAQs

Lawyer Answers Common Questions About SSDI and SSI Benefits in Milwaukee County and Surrounding Areas

Obtaining Social Security disability benefits can be a long and challenging process, and you may have many questions along the way. Keep reading for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about disability benefits and applications, and contact Attorney Jonathan Pearson if you have specific questions about your case.

What are Social Security disability benefits?

Social Security disability benefits provide a monthly payment to people who are unable to earn a substantial income due to a medical condition that prevents them from maintaining regular employment. The Social Security Administration (SSA) administers benefits through two programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

What is the difference between SSDI and SSI?

The primary difference between the two types of benefits is the non-medical eligibility criteria. To qualify for SSDI, you usually need to have worked and contributed to Social Security for several years before the onset of your disability. You do not need to have contributed to Social Security to qualify for SSI, but you do need to show that your current income and financial resources are very limited, as eligibility is based on financial need.

When is someone considered disabled?

According to the SSA's standards, a person is considered disabled if they have a disability that keeps them from performing substantial gainful activity (SGA) for at least 12 months. SGA is defined according to a minimum monthly income that typically changes each year to reflect the current standard of living. The amount for 2022 is $1,350, or $2,260 if you are blind.

What types of conditions qualify for disability benefits?

A variety of conditions are included in the SSA's Blue Book, which lists impairments that qualify for benefits. Examples include many forms of cancer, physical disabilities, conditions that affect different body systems, and mental health disorders. Severe conditions that are not listed in the Blue Book can also qualify if they significantly impair your work abilities.

How do I apply for Social Security disability benefits?

You can complete many parts of your application online using the SSA website, and you usually have the option to call the SSA office or schedule an appointment in person for anything that cannot be handled online. Along with your application, you should include as much evidence as possible to prove that you meet the eligibility criteria.

What evidence do I need for my application to succeed?

You will need to provide detailed information about all medical care and treatment you have received. You will also need medical records that show that your condition is one listed in the Blue Book. Information about your income, work history, and the effects of your condition on your daily life is also important.

What happens if my application is denied?

This is not uncommon, and it does not mean that there is no hope that your benefits will eventually be approved. You have the ability to request a reconsideration of your case, as well as a hearing with an administrative law judge where you can present your case. If these options are unsuccessful, you may be able to take your case to the Appeals Council or a federal district court.

How can an attorney help me obtain benefits?

Your attorney can help you fill out your application correctly and gather all the important evidence that helps you make your case. If your application is denied, a lawyer is especially valuable to help you prepare for your appeal and represent you in your hearing. Attorney Jonathan Pearson personally handles each case with no upfront fees, and only charges for his services if he succeeds in securing your benefits.

How long does it take to receive benefits?

After submitting your application, it may take several months for you to receive a decision from the SSA, and if your application is denied, it can take at least another year to complete your reconsideration and appeal. We will help you do everything in your power to keep your case moving forward as smoothly as possible.

Can I obtain benefits for my disabled child?

If you qualify for SSDI benefits due to your own disability, you may be able to obtain additional benefits for your minor or disabled children, as well as for your spouse who cares for them. You also may be able to apply for SSI benefits on behalf of your disabled child if he or she has limited financial means.

Do I have to meet at your office for my free consultation?

No, Jonathan is happy to offer a free consultation over the phone to discuss your case at a convenient time for you.

Can you take my case if I do not live in Milwaukee or the surrounding areas?

Yes! Jonathan understands that face-to-face meetings can be challenging due to distance, your condition, and other extenuating circumstances, and he is available for communication via electronic means including phone, email, and fax for any clients for whom travel is an obstacle.

How can I share important documents with you if we do not meet in person?

Once the Social Security Administration has been notified that Jonathan is your attorney, they will send any important documentation to him in addition to you. Jonathan can also provide pre-paid envelopes that you can use to send other important documents that are relevant to your case.

Will we meet face-to-face before my hearing with an Administrative Law Judge?

If you cannot meet regularly in person, Jonathan will work with you by phone and other electronic communication during the time leading up to your hearing to be sure that you are prepared and comfortable. Whenever possible, he will also meet with you in person at least once on the day of your hearing to review your case in detail before the hearing begins.

Contact a Waukesha County Attorney For Help With Your SSD Benefits

If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us at 414-240-4801 and ask for a free consultation. We help clients in Waukesha County and Milwaukee County, including in Milwaukee and South Milwaukee, West Allis, Wauwatosa, Greenfield, Oak Creek, and the surrounding areas.



  • Thank you so much Jonathan. I was so tired of waiting almost 2 years for my disability hearing and you told me always stay positive and to not give up. You met with me before my hearing and told me what to expect and when you told me the judge approved my case I was so relieved! The Social Security disability payments I get allow me to keep seeing my doctors and really help us out. Thank you!

    - Shirley

  • Jonathan thank you for helping me win my Social Security disability case. You are so easy to talk to and don’t make me feel stupid each time I call with my questions.

    - Rene

  • Jonathan is very knowledgeable and pleasant,He is very considerate for his client and return my all phone calls promptly.I was very happy for his services. I highly recommend him to any body who needs attorney help.

    - S.P., Wheeling, IL

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