New York City Social Security Disability Lawyer
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Are You Looking to File a Social Security Disability Claim?
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The Perecman Firm is passionate about the workers of New York. Many hardworking individuals sustain injuries and fall ill every day that can prevent them from performing their job duties for an extended period. These individuals may qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits, and The Perecman Firm is here to ensure that these workers get the benefits they deserve.
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How Social Security Disability Works
The Social Security Administration pays disability benefits two ways: through the Social Security Disability Insurance program, also known as “SSDI,” and through Supplemental Security Income, or “SSI.” The Perecman Firm handles Social Security Disability claims, which are available to individuals who are unable to work because of a disability that will last around 12 months, or a disability/illness that will likely lead to death.
Social Security Disability is exclusively for workers afflicted with a total, long-term disability.
Social Security Disability qualifications also differ depending on the filer’s age. For example, if you are trying to file for Social Security Disability benefits when you are 24, you may need to have worked at least a year-and-a-half to qualify for benefits. The Perecman Firm can help you navigate the complex waters of disability benefits so you get the money you need.
Were You Denied Social Security Benefits?
A majority of claims for Social Security Disability are actually denied, even if the applicant qualifies for benefits. In many cases, this happens because of human error, such as a form field being filled in incorrectly, or missing paperwork. This is one of the main reasons you need an experienced New York City Social Security Disability lawyer in your corner. We are here to ensure you get approved the first time, and if you have already been denied, to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the difference between SSDI and SSI?
Supplemental Security Income or “SSI” is a program for disabled individuals, like Social Security disability benefits, but it does not require that recipients have a work history.
How do I know if I’m eligible for Social Security Disability?
You may qualify for Social Security Disability if you work a job that qualifies (federal, railroad, and some government employees are excluded). You may also qualify if your disability is covered by Social Security and will result in you missing work for a year or more.
What is the application process for Social Security Disability?
In order to apply for Social Security Disability benefits, the first step is to check if you qualify. Do you have a job that is covered for SSD? Is your medical condition listed on the Social Security Administration’s list of qualifying cases? Does your disability prevent you from working for a year or more? If yes, the next step is to compile the necessary information: your Social Security number, medical records, etc. Learn more about the application process.
I was denied Social Security disability benefits. Can I appeal?
You can appeal if you file a request for reconsideration within 60 days of your denial. You will need to provide more information, such as updated medical records, change in health, and other supporting documents. After filing a reconsideration, the case could move toward a hearing before an administrative law judge or “ALJ.” If the ALJ denies your case, you can still appeal and take your case to a review by the appeals council. If you are still not satisfied with the outcome, the case could move toward federal court review.
Is it true that a majority of SSD claims are initially denied?
Yes. Well over half (around 70%) of all applicants for Social Security Disability benefits are denied after their first application. In many cases, this is because paperwork wasn’t filled out correctly, or the Social Security Administration doesn’t agree with the medical records. Any individual who is denied has the ability to apply for a reconsideration (appeal) within 60 days.
Do I need a lawyer for this type of thing?
By law, no, you do not need an attorney to help you file a Social Security Disability claim for benefits. However, statistically, individuals who retain an attorney to help them through the process have a higher chance of getting their claims approved. Also, if your case makes it to the federal court review level, you will need an attorney to represent you in Federal District Court.
Do I need to work a certain number of years to qualify for SSD?
Social Security Disability benefits are available to workers who have worked long enough and paid into the system. Workers even under the age of 24 can qualify for benefits if they have worked for a year-and-a-half out of the past three years. Get more information on how long you have to work to qualify for Social Security Disability.
If you or a loved one needs to collect disability benefits, contact our Social Security disability lawyers for a free review of your case today.
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