Frequently Asked




“Disability” is defined by Social Security Administration as the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) due to a physical and/or mental impairment, that has lasted or expected to last 12 months or more, or result in death.

The substantial gainful activity or SGA is the level of income and activity that determines if you are disabled or not. If one is engaging in substantial gainful activity then they are not considered disabled. For 2021, the SGA is earning $1,310 or more a month ($2,190 or more a month for blind people). 

A Social Security Disability attorney has experience in dealing with the Social Security Administration (SSA) and will guide you throughout the application process. 

A Social Security Disability attorney will not receive payment unless they win your case. The attorney is paid a standard fee from your back payments/back pay. The back payments are benefits that accrued while you were waiting for Social Security to approve your case. The standard fee is 25% of the back payments with a cap of $6,000. 

Yes, you can! Social Security disability benefits are not just for those who have a physical impairment. You can have either a mental or physical impairment or both! Severe depression, an anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and PTSD are just an example of mental and psychological disabilities that can qualify you to receive Social Security benefits.

Yes, The McNeill Firm handles both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability claims.

No, you do not. In order to qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you must be unable to work due to a disability that has lasted or is expected to last, at least one year or more, or result in death. 

It’s common for Social Security disability applications to be initially denied. In fact, 70% of initial applications are denied. When your application is initially denied, the next step is to file a request for reconsideration. This process involves a thorough review of your case and application. If you are denied again after this stage, then you can request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. 

There is no fee for a consultation. When you call The McNeill Firm about your Social Security disability claim, all consultations are free. 

The McNeill Firm, PLLC represents individuals in all 50 states. Therefore, even if you live out of state please do not hesitate to call us for your free phone consultation in order to determine if we can help you! 

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