Questions we get most often…

I am not sure if I am disabled, but I can’t work like I always have. Should I file?

Many people associate disability with problems you can see like being bound to a wheelchair. Social Security’s definition of disability requires that you be unable to perform any type of work for 12 months or longer. You do not have to wait until you have been off of work for 12 months to file; just have a disability expected to last that long. Additionally, Social Security has a five-month waiting period before an individual is eligible to apply. For more information about how these rules apply to your unique situation, contact Starr Disability Advocates for a Free Consultation.

When should I seek help with a disability claim?

It is wise to talk to an Advocate even before you file your claim for Social Security Disability benefits. We will let you know what to expect and help you to complete the paperwork accurately. We will also obtain your medical records and written statements from your doctors. Social Security Disability claims are complicated and it can take months to process the initial claim. You are asked to provide many details and complete several forms.

Do I really need to hire a professional to represent me in my
Social Security disability Claim?

No, you can go through all of the levels of review on your own if you wish, but statistically, claimants who obtain representation are more likely to be awarded benefits than those who are not represented.

Why hire Starr Disability Advocates instead of an attorney?

It is wise to hire an experienced professional to represent you. At Starr Disability Advocates we will meet with you face to face and complete all of the required paperwork with you. We will answer your questions honestly and in a manner you can understand. We know this is a difficult time for you and that you need help and guidance. We are here to help. Learn more about us.

What is the cost to hire Starr Disability Advocates?

An attorney or non-attorney representative can charge up to 25% of your awarded back pay. There is a “not to exceed” maximum amount as outlined by the Social Security Administration (currently $6,000). Starr Disability Advocates will only charge a fee if you are awarded benefits, if we are unable to win your case there is no fee to you. We do not ask for any money up front to represent you and there is no fee taken from any future benefits.


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