Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are an important form of insurance for people who are no longer able to work because of injury or medical impairment. People pay into the Social Security system while they are working so that the safety net is there if they can no longer work. The benefits, which vary based on earnings history, topped out at about $2,800 per month last year.
Applying for SSD benefits is often a complicated process that requires significant paperwork, medical records and other evidence. It also may require various appeals. That’s why it is crucial that anyone considering seeking disability benefits consult an experienced lawyer. A Garden City SSD attorney at Turley Redmond Rosasco & Rosasco. has substantial experience helping clients throughout Long Island and greater New York City.
The SSD Application Process
To get benefits, you have to file a claim with the Social Security Administration (SSA). You generally have to prove that you have an illness, injury, or other medical condition that has prevented you from working for at least one year or is expected to prevent you from working for at least one year. In some situations, a person’s injury or condition may be so severe that he or she is automatically considered unable to work.
Most applications are processed by local field offices. They have the job of making sure that you meet the non-medical eligibility requirements. That includes that you are younger than 65 and paid a certain amount of taxes into the system over the course of your career.
The field office then sends the claim to a state agency to weigh medical evidence and determine whether you are disabled under the law. The state office may ask for additional information to support your application. That can include arranging for a “consultative examination” by a medical professional. The office then makes a determination of whether you’re eligible for benefits and send the file to the SSA for processing.
Appealing a Benefits Denial
It’s important to know going in that the SSA initially denies the overwhelming majority of disability benefits claims filed with the agency. The good news is that many applicants can eventually get their claims approved by going through the appeals process.
First, you have to ask the SSA to reconsider the decision. Then you can ask an administrative law judge (ALJ) to look at the application and supporting evidence. An ALJ hearing is often the best opportunity to get your claim approved because you (or your attorney) can make your case directly, in person to the judge.
Speak With a Garden City SSD Attorney Today
If you or a loved one is considering seeking Social Security Disability benefits, it’s vital that you get the advice and counsel of a seasoned Garden City disability attorney. At Turley Redmond Rosasco & Rosasco, L.L.P., our experienced attorneys can help people prepare, file, and defend disability benefits claims. We also have a record of proven success in the application process.
Our lawyers pride themselves on the personal attention that we give to each and every client. Attorneys work directly with clients to understand their unique individual circumstances and craft an approach that meets their needs.
To schedule an appointment with an SSD attorney at Turley Redmond Rosasco & Rosasco, call 516-745-5666 or contact us online. We offer a free consultation, with convenient office locations in Garden City, as well as New York City, Shirley, Riverhead, and Ronkonkoma.