What Happens to SSDI Benefits if You Die?

Episode 10:  Trevor Smith discusses an interesting topic in today’s podcast episode.  If someone dies while applying for or receiving SSDI benefits, do the surviving spouse or children get to continue receiving those checks? As we’ve discussed in previous episodes, the Social Security Administration has programs for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). During the process of applying for SSI, if the person dies the case “dies” and benefits can no longer be pursued.  It entire process ceases. If you are applying for SSDI benefits, and …

Can My Child Lose SSI Benefits?

Episode 9:  Louisville Social Security Disability Attorney Trevor Smith addresses an important question from parents.  “On his/her 18th birthday, can my child lose SSI Benefits?”  There are a variety of reasons a minor-age child may receive Supplemental Security Income benefits (SSI).  A common reason is ADHD and other learning disabilities.  However, once the child turns 18, he/she legally becomes an adult and the standard to qualify for SSI benefits change. The new standard is whether your young adult can work a 40-hour week.  This is a significant departure from the …

When Your SSDI Claim Gets Denied

Episode 8:  In today’s episode, Trevor Smith, social security disability attorney at Smith and Wax Law in Louisville, discusses “What happens when your SSDI claim gets denied?” First off it is very important to understand that having your social security claim denied is completely normal. Sometimes it feels as though they want you to give up and stop trying. Getting denied is really just part of the process. Usually people come to Smith and Wax to start the claim or to take action to appeal the denial. At the beginning, …

Helping the Homeless File for SSI and SSDI

EPISODE 7:  In today’s episode, Trevor Smith, Louisville SSI attorney, discusses a heart-felt topic on how people of the homeless community can get help with SSI or SSDI. This can help individuals to become stabilized, in their time of need. This population is one of the most vulnerable in the community, so giving them a helping hand brings joy to the Smith and Wax Law Firm. There’s nothing better for Trevor than to win a case for someone who is homeless. This gives them a monthly check, as well as …

Does My Child Qualify for SSI Benefits?

Episode 6: In today’s episode, Trevor Smith, Louisville SSI attorney, discusses a question he often gets from parents, “Does my child qualify for SSI benefits?”  He’ll explain the evaluation criteria, issues parents need to consider and how he can assist parents in filing for SSI benefits. There are 6 domains used by the social security administration to evaluate a child for Supplemental Security Income payments: Acquiring and using information Attending and completing tasks Interacting and relating with others Moving about and manipulating objects Caring for yourself Health and physical wellbeing …

File For Social Security Disability During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Episode 5:  Louisville Social Security benefits attorney Trevor Smith answers a question he’s been asked multiple times.  It’s “Can I file for social security disability during the COVID-19 pandemic?”  The simple answer is yes, but there have been a few changes to the process.  Let’s discuss them in today’s episode. The Smith and Wax law firm is still working during the coronavirus shutdown.  People interested in applying for benefits can speak with Trevor to get their questions answered.  The Social Security Administration is still up and running.  While some people …

The Impact of Substance Abuse on Your Disability Claim

Episode 4:  Louisville Social Security benefits attorney Trevor Smith explains the risk of self-medicating or substance abuse on your disability claim.  Documentation of your treatment for your disability is extremely important.  If you’ve decided to self-medicate, important records and notes from a medical professional will be missing. Discussions you have with your attorney are private and confidential.  It’s safe to tell Trevor everything you’re doing in an effort to cope with your situation.  Substance abuse is a red flag for the social security system.  It’s going to be a major …

Qualify for Disability Benefits with Mental or Physical Issues

Episode 3:  When clients meet with Louisville disability benefits attorney Trevor Smith, they typically have a mental problem or a physical problem, or both, which may qualify them for either SSDI or SSI benefits.  To qualify for disability benefits, you need to have a severe impairment that has lasted or will last longer than 12 months and keeps you from working full-time (40 hour per week). Mental cases can be cognitive and/or psychological.  Many are psychological including schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, anxiety, depression or PTSD.  It’s important to make sure the …

Local vs. National Representation

Episode 2:  Louisville social security disability attorney Trevor Smith discusses the difference between local representation vs. national representation firms.  Trevor and his law partner, Al Wax have helped Louisville clients for many years.  There are some national firms which advertise that they can represent clients, regardless of the fact that they may not have a local office. If you work with Smith and Wax, you’ll have meetings with Trevor or Al.  They will know the details of your case and your situation.  You’ll meet with your attorney the first day …

What Is Social Security Disability Insurance?

Episode 1:  Louisville Social Security Disability Insurance attorney Trevor Smith launches his firm’s podcast.  This episode provides an introduction to his background and why he decided to focus on helping people to file social security disability insurance claims and supplemental security income benefits. After graduating from law school, Trevor clerked for a Kentucky Supreme Court Justice and later practiced criminal law with his father (also an attorney) at the state and federal levels.  He has extensive trial experience.  After several years, Trevor met Al Wax, a very established social security …