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Frequently Asked Questions about SSD and Professional Licensing

Answers from San Antonio lawyers who care

We know you have questions. We’re happy to provide answers. Below, we provide some insight into the topics we’re asked about the most. We are a Spanish-speaking SSD law firm and are happy to provide translations upon request.

SSD, SSI and VA benefits

Professional licensing

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If you have unanswered questions, the Law Offices of Marion W. Cain, P.C. is happy to discuss them with you. We’re open Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 5:30 — with an hour off for lunch — and offer weekend appointments upon request. To schedule a complimentary consultation, call 210.551.0985 or contact us online.


SSD, SSI and VA benefits

What’s the difference between SSI and SSD?

Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) pays out benefits based on financial need. Most beneficiaries are automatically eligible for Medicaid. Only those who have paid into the Social Security system can collect Social Security Disability (SSD) insurance. After receiving SSD benefits for two years, the worker will begin to receive Medicare.

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How long do I have to wait to hear if my SSD claim was approved or denied?

Most claims take anywhere between three and five months to consider, though some claims can take longer. The Social Security Administration (SSA) takes the nature of your claim and your medical records into account before deciding to approve or deny a claim. If the SSA suspects that there is a problem with your medical records, they may take additional time — or they may deny your claim outright.

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What’s the difference between a VA pension and VA disability compensation?

A Veterans Administration (VA) pension can be collected for one of two reasons: you either have reached a certain age and are now eligible to collect it or you have sustained an injury (unrelated to your services) that results in you being unable to work. VA disability compensation can only be collected if your disability is a direct result of active military service.

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Professional licensing

I’ve received a letter from the licensing agency. Do I really need a lawyer to represent me?

Yes! There’s an awful lot that goes into a professional licensing review. Hiring an attorney ensures that all of your bases are covered. For example, if you choose to self-represent and then miss a deadline, your license could be revoked. Professional licensing attorneys are already familiar with the required deadlines and thus would be far less likely to miss them.

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Is the licensing action against me public knowledge?

More than likely. Your license information is a matter of public record, which means that any person at any time can request your information from the agency that licenses you. However, most agencies are reluctant to include mitigating evidence as part of the record. That means the public may not see the details of the action — merely that there was an action.

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What’s the best way to avoid getting into trouble with my license?

Avoiding trouble with your license is like avoiding trouble in every part of your life — follow the rules and tell the truth. It’s also an excellent idea to keep records of everything you do in your professional life. You never know when a receipt for service, supplies or even a business lunch might provide the proof you need to show your business is legitimate.