If you are informed that you will suffer a long-term disability that will affect your ability to work, you could qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. Provided by the federal government and regulated by the Social Security Disability Act (SSDA), this program provides two kinds of benefits: Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.
Social Security Disability benefits were designed to provide financial support to individuals who are unable to work due to a disability. The SSDA defines "disability" as a mental or physical impairment that is medically verifiable and that will either result in death or last for more than 12 months; disabilities impact the recipient's inability to work.
The requirements for Social Security Disability payments depend on the person's individual circumstances and the type of aid sought. Individuals seeking SSI benefits must be both disabled and part of a low-income family, and need not have worked in the past (disabled children can receive SSI benefits if their parents fall below a certain income bracket). On the other hand, SSD benefits depend on the amount of time the disabled person has been in the workforce. Generally, younger workers must fulfill different requirements, and the government asks that claimants have worked at least five of the last ten years.
The federal government's disability is strictly related to ability to perform paying work, not ability to find a job or regain employment after a period of illness. Medical proof, including clinical and laboratory findings, is required to prove your disability if you seek Social Security Disability payments.
Individuals who have been disabled should apply for SSI or SSD immediately so that they can get benefits for the duration of their disability. Though individuals can apply on their own behalf, it is highly recommended that those seeking Social Security Disability payments get a qualified attorney to help with the application process. Denied claims are not unusual, and statistics show that claimants who have a Social Security Disability lawyer are much more likely to file their applications properly and prevail on appeal.
If you're dealing with a pending or denied SSI or SSD claim, you have an ally in Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP. Our experienced New York Social Security Disability denial attorneys have a successful record of helping disabled claimants get the financial support they deserve. Our services are professional, personalized, and delivered with attention to detail and the utmost compassion for your special needs. Interested in speaking to a New York Social Security Disability lawyer about your case? Call us at (212) 986-7353 for a free consultation today.