You are not required by law to hire a disability attorney. However, effective legal representation can make all the difference. Here is why…
The stakes are high. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get the financial rewards you and your family deserve. Call one of our experienced Social Security Disability attorneys today at 1-800-671-4927 to set up a FREE NO-OBLIGATION consultation. We look forward to discussing your case!
Under Social Security, there is a very specific and strict definition of disability.
To qualify for disability benefits you must have a physical or mental impairment that is expected to keep you from doing any “substantial” and “gainful” work for at least 12 months, or you must have a condition that is expected to result in death.
Please keep in mind that the rules established by the Social Security Administration (SSA) are different from other plans or government programs. So, even if you qualify for disability from another organization, it does not necessarily mean that you are eligible for Social Security Disability.
Social Security pays only for total disability. It does not provide financial compensation for partial or short-term disability, unlike workers’ compensation or veterans’ disability claims.
That said, individuals who have been found only “partially disabled” under workers’ compensation or VA standards may also be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, depending on their age, education and prior work.
Keep in mind that even if you have a statement from your doctor indicating that you are “totally disabled,” it does not necessarily mean that you will be automatically eligible for payments.
We urge you to contact one of our experienced disability attorneys to discuss the specifics of your disability case. Call today toll free at 800-671-4927 for a Free Consultation.
Almost any physical or mental injury (or combination of injuries) that is severe enough to keep you out of work for 12 months, may entitle you to Social Security disability benefits.
Here are some of the most common medical conditions covered by Social Security:
The monthly financial compensation you or your dependents can receive is based on the amount of money you contributed to the Social Security system during your work life PRIOR to becoming disabled.
There are a few important points to keep in mind:
Please note that New Yorkers can often expect more than the average amount stated above. Here is why: Typically, New York-based employees have higher salaries compared to other states, due to the high cost of living in this area, and pay more into Social Security.
Bottom Line – Employees with higher salaries or employees who have worked longer, can expect higher benefits than those with lower salaries who have not worked as long.
In the New York area, it typically takes anywhere between five and 18 months. Even when our attorneys are pushing the Social Security Administration to make a favorable decision as soon as possible, it usually takes SSA three to five months to make a decision. If your initial application is denied, it could take an additional 12 months before you are scheduled for a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).
That’s why you might benefit significantly from our help. Here is how:
You will receive Social Security Disability benefits as long as you remain disabled and unable to work, or until you become eligible for your full Social Security retirement benefit. Your disability claim will be reviewed periodically to determine if you still meet the medical standards for “disability”. We will be glad to assist you with these reviews in the future.
Don’t give up! Social Security unfairly denies legitimate disability claims every day. In fact, nearly 65 percent of all initial applications are denied. However, our reversal rate for denials is over 90 percent.
We will appeal and request a formal hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. Many people who are initially denied benefits, receive financial compensation later, after filing an appeal with a lawyer. You will have a formal hearing before an Administrative Law Judge at Social Security’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR).
Remember: Social Security’s own statistics show that you have a better chance of winning your appeal when you appear before the judge with a lawyer.
There is a lot at stake here. Call one of our experienced SSD attorneys today at 800-671-4927 for a FREE CONSULTATION.
Yes – but in a good way! You will still be entitled to receive your Social Security Benefits when you retire. In fact, applying for disability benefits can insure that you receive the highest retirement benefit possible.
Here is what we need you to know:
Often, the granting of Social Security Disability benefits prevents the need for individuals to apply for reduced early retirement benefits at age 62. However, failure to establish that you are disabled if you are out of work could penalize your later retirement benefits.
Yes. We suggest you want to maximize all potential sources of income when you are disabled. We can help you coordinate all these claims so you and your family get all the money you deserve. Generally, you are limited to receiving no more than 80 percent of your prior gross income when combining both workers’ compensation and Social Security Disability benefits.
Yes. If you are found disabled and awarded Social Security disability benefits, you will qualify for Medicare 24 months after the date you became eligible for monthly disability benefits. This is another good reason to take action and apply as soon as possible. Unfortunately, your dependents will not be eligible for Medicare even if you are. They may need to seek out medical insurance through an affordable plan under the Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare”).
Our office takes Social Security Disability cases on a contingency basis. It means that we do not get paid unless we win your case .
The Social Security Administration regulates all attorney fees. Most of the time, they approve a fee of 25 percent of any retroactive benefits.
For example: If you win your case and you are entitled to $10,000 in retroactive benefits, Social Security will deduct $2,500 from this amount as our fee and send it directly to us. You will receive a past due check for $7,500. What’s important is that all future checks are free of any attorney fees.
Many employer-sponsored long-term disability plans require you to apply for Social Security Disability. However, we don’t want you to fall into the trap of using the “Social Security Advocate” company offered by the long-term disability insurance company, ” at no cost to you“. Keep in mind that this could NEGATIVELY affect your future potential to receive benefits.
There are a few reasons why…
You are in good hands when you hire an experienced and reliable private Social Security Disability attorney, who has your best interest at heart. This way you will avoid problems in the future and get the all the benefits you are entitled to receive.
Your choice of legal representation is critical. So, call one of our experienced SSD attorneys today at 800-671-4927 for your FREE CONSULTATION. This may be your best shot at winning your case.
Our law firm has been successfully representing Social Security Disability claimants for over 24 years. We take pride in our ability to resolve some of the most challenging and complex cases and ensure that our clients get every penny they deserve.
Below are a few main reasons why you might benefit significantly from our help:
Most important, we take the stress of filing for disability off your shoulders so you can concentrate on your health.
Call one of our experienced disability lawyers today at 1-877-NY-DBLAW for your FREE CONSULTATION. We look forward to hearing from you!