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 lawyer, Jason Paris, has years of experience and can provide you with personalized legal counsel you can trust.
How Our New York Social Security Disability Lawyers Can Help
In addition to our extensive personal injury practice, our SSDI lawyers 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.
Contact us online or call (888) 365-4940 to schedule a same-day appointment with a New York Social Security disability claims attorney. Se habla español.
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.
How to Apply for SSDI Benefits in New York
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.
What Should You Do if Your Claim Is Denied?
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 Claims 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. A NY SSDI lawyer 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 with a New York Social Security disability claims lawyer.
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