Not Necessarily. In order to establish disability a claimant must show that she is unable to perform "Substantial Gainful Activity." If you have drastically cut your hours there is a chance that you may still be eligible for benefits.
The initial application phase generally takes about 3-6 months. If the claim is denied, a reconsideration of the determination could take another 3-6 months. If the claim is not approved after the second look, the case progresses toward an administrative hearing. I could take up to one year to have a hearing scheduled. A well organized and well presented theory of the case can help to maximize the chances of winning without having to have a hearing.
No. It is possible to be eligible to receive Workers' Compensation and some portion of Social Security at the same time. This depends on the type of benefit, as well as the Social Security computation of any applicable Workers' Compensation offset. This makes it very important to keep the Social Security Administration up to date witth respect to receipt of benefits.
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