New York Social Security Disability Lawyer
Providing Personalized Legal Guidance & Support
The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers programs that pay monthly benefits to those unable to work due to illness, injury, or a worsening health condition. These programs are known as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Our New York Social Security disability attorney, Jason Paris, has years of experience and can provide you with personalized legal counsel you can trust.
In addition to our extensive personal injury practice, we at The Paris Law Group, PC represent clients in an array of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims matters. This includes filing initial claims and appealing denied benefits claims. Regardless of where you are in the process, our team is available to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have about obtaining Social Security disability benefits in New York.
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Who Is Eligible for SSDI or SSI Benefits?
Qualified individuals can recover certain SSDI benefits. In order to receive SSDI benefits, you must have earned enough work credits (earned based on time worked) and you must have a qualifying disability, as determined by the Social Security Administration.
In contrast, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides benefits to disabled individuals with limited resources, regardless of whether they have ever been able to work before or whether they have earned work credits.
To determine whether you are eligible for SSDI or SSI benefits, or to explore other possible benefits you may be eligible to receive, use the SSA’s Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST). Note that this is not an application for benefits but, rather, a screening tool used to help you determine which type of benefits might be most appropriate for your situation.
Getting Your Benefits Paid
Social Security Disability Insurance bases its payment of benefits on your earnings over the past 10 years. Supplemental Security Income pays benefits to disabled adults and children who do not have sufficient earnings to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. Qualifications for disability are determined by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.
Below is a general overview of how to apply for SSDI benefits:
- Gather all applicable documents (view the Adult Disability Checklist) to see what information you will need prior to applying.
- Complete and submit an application. This can be done online on the SSA’s website or in person at your local SSA office.
- Wait while the SSA reviews your application. The SSA will evaluate your application based on eligibility requirements and current work activities (if any).
- Receive a decision on your application by mail from the New York Disability Determination Services office.
If your claim is denied, you are permitted to appeal this decision. You must request an appeal within 60 days of receiving your claim denial. This appeal must be submitted in writing and will start the SSDI appeals process, which involves reconsideration, an administrative review, and could go onto a Social Security Appeals Council review or even a federal court review.
Why You Need a Social Security Disability Attorney
Although you are not required by law to have an attorney to help you file for SSDI or SSI benefits, having a knowledgeable legal professional guide you through the process can help limit the risk of you making mistakes during the applications process which could end up costing you in the form of a denied claim. An attorney will also be able to assist you in the event that your initial claim is denied—which is a likely scenario.
Our New York social security disability lawyer can guide you through the SSDI and/or SSI process, beginning with helping you determine which of these programs is right for you and your circumstances. At The Paris Law Group, PC, we work hard to help our clients get their benefits paid.
There are no fees unless we recover benefits on your behalf. Call us now at (888) 365-4940 or contact us online to request a free, confidential consultation.
Slip & Fall $11 Million
A well-known cellist was awarded almost $11 million after a slip and fall in a gourmet food market that resulted in injuries that now hamper her ability to play the instrument.
Pedestrian Knockdown $2.8 Million
The client was a pedestrian crossing the street when she was hit by a yellow school bus making a left-hand turn. As a result of the impact, she was forced to fall to the ground and sustained an injury to her shoulder and lower back, both of which resulted in surgeries.
Bus Accident $2.1 Million
A mediated settlement was reached on the eve of trial on behalf of the client who was a driver of a motor vehicle which was struck in the rear by a bus.
Pedestrian Accident $2 Million
The client, a young boy, was crossing the street near his home on Staten Island when he slipped on ice in the roadway and was hit by a car.
Car Accident $1.7 Million
The client was an ambulance driver responding to an emergency call. While in the process of making a left-hand turn with the ambulance lights and sirens in operation, he was struck by a vehicle going straight.
Truck Accident $1.5 Million
The client, a 37-year-old man, was struck in the rear by a truck while driving his car and subsequently underwent neck surgery. The defendant claimed the client cut him off. We aggressively litigated the case and on the eve of trial the defendant agreed to pay $1.5 million after previously taking a no-pay position.
Car Accident $1.25 Million
Through aggressive litigation, full policy limits in the amount of $1.25 million were tendered within 14 months of the accident for the injured passenger in a motor vehicle accident. The client was a rear-seat passenger in a motor vehicle that was pulled over on the shoulder of the Staten Island Expressway when it was rear-ended by the defendant in the early morning hours.
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The client tripped and fell coming out of a bar in Staten Island, sustaining injuries to her knee, neck, and back. The bar claimed that the accident never happened, and the bar blamed the owner of the premises for the condition of the sidewalk, with the owner of the premises blaming the bar.
Slip & Fall Injury $1 Million
A settlement was reached with a confidential defendant as a result of a fall at work. The client worked as a cash handler collecting money from banks. After picking up a bag of cash from a bank and placing it in the back of his armored vehicle, the security ink packets exploded frightening the client and causing him to fall backward, striking his head against the floor.
Scaffolding Accident $1 Million
In very contentious litigation and after extensive negotiations and multiple mediations, a settlement was reached for the client in the amount of $1 million. The client was working on a scaffold at a construction site when he lost his balance and fell 10 feet to the ground.