Have you suffered from a service-related injury? Let’s say that ten
years ago, you were awarded 100 percent VA benefits. Back then, you called
the Social Security Administration and you were told that you didn’t
Social Security Disability benefits due to your VA benefits, and you accepted their response.
Perhaps you even felt bad about asking, but you thought it was worth it
to give it a try. After all, you had paid into it since you were 17 or
18. Then, years later, someone tells you that what you were told by the
SSA isn’t true.
It’s been 10 years since you first placed that call to the SSA. So,
you call them again and once again you’re told that you don’t
qualify. Not because you’re receiving VA benefits, but because you
haven’t worked in the last five years.
Of course you haven’t worked – you are disabled. Has the law
changed since you called the SSA 10 years ago? This situation just doesn’t
You Can Still Apply for Social Security Disability
First, we want to thank you for your service. We understand your frustration
and fortunately, we have some encouraging news. You can still apply for
Social Security Disability benefits, however, you will have to show that
your disability began within five years after you stopped working.
The Social Security Administration should not have any trouble accessing
your VA medical records (with your permission of course), therefore, there
should be ample evidence to support your case.
Social Security’s definition of a disability is different from the
VA, so approvals are not guaranteed. If your claim is denied, we suggest
that you file an appeal. In fact, many disability cases get approved during
the appeals process, and you’ll want an attorney to represent you.
If someone in your situation is approved, Social Security typically pays
a maximum of 12 months back pay on their disability benefits. However,
if it can be established that you were misinformed when you first called
the SSA, there is a
possibility that they could pay your retroactive benefits which you would have been
Dallas Social Security Disability Attorneys
To learn more about receiving SSDI benefits while receiving VA benefits,
contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm to schedule a consultation with an experienced
member of our legal team!