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Scott D. Brown
John P. Lander
Kim R. Snitker
Travis M. Armbrust
Kaitlyn J. Ausborn
Brown, Kinsey,
Funkhouser & Lander, P.L.C.

214 North Adams,
Mason City, Iowa 50401
Phone: (641) 423-6223
Fax: (641) 423-9995
SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY - Frequently Asked Questions
I. General Information VI. Social Security Disability Benefits
II. Disability Eligibility  

A. Social Security Disability Programs


Filing for Social Security Disability


     1.  Definition of Disability

  A. When to File for Social Security Disability        2.  Disabled Widow's and Widower's benefits
  B. Where to File for Social Security Disability        3.  Disabled Adult Child Benefits
  C. How to File for Social Security Disability   B. Supplemental Security Income benefits

D. After the Claim is Filed

       1.  Personal Benefits
IV. The Decision Process
       2.  Supplemental Security Income Child's               Disability
V. Appeals
"Contact an Iowa Social Security disability lawyer representing clients in Mason City, Iowa today to schedule your initial consultation."
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General Information about Social Security Disability

The Social Security Administration (SSA) oversees more than retirement income. If you are permanently disabled and are also unable to work for at least one full year due to a medically determined physical or mental condition, or if your condition will result in death, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability.


To qualify for benefits, you need to have documentation to support your claim and complete specific forms. When, where and how to file may become complicated. If your case is denied, it may be appealed. If you have any questions on this complicated process, an experienced Social Security Disability attorney will be able to help.

Social Security Disability is one of the benefits in the comprehensive federal benefits program that also provides workers with retirement income, Medicare, family benefits, and survivors' benefits. This program is funded by withholding FICA taxes from an employee's paycheck. These amounts are matched by the employer. The Social Security Administration reviews, pays and governs Disability Benefits.

Disability Eligibility

The basic requirement to qualify for Social Security Disability is that you have become disabled and unable to work in the occupation you did before and Social Security decides that you cannot adjust to other work due to your medical condition. Your disability must be expected to last for at least one year or will result in death. Only total disability is covered by Social Security Disability, there is no coverage for partial or short-term disability. You may, however, sometimes earn modest amounts at a part-time job and still be eligible for Social Security Disability.

Social Security has a specific evaluation process to determine your eligibility for disability benefits under federal standards. This includes previous and current work activity, your medical condition and how the condition impacts your ability to work.  In addition to this, earning tests and personal assets are also reviewed to determine eligibility for some programs.

Earning Tests must be met by Federal law to collect disability benefits. Work credits are built up under the Social Security rules. Credits needed are determined by your age and the year in which you become disabled. The tests are often called the "recent work" test, and the "duration of work" tests. Certain blind workers will only need to meet the "duration of work" test.

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