We understand the frustration of trying to determine whether you are eligible for Social Security disability benefits. Our clients have all worked hard for long periods of time at their jobs, and we know it hurts them to be unable to continue working. We will do whatever we can to help you obtain the benefits you are entitled to, so you may continue to provide for your family while you undergo medical treatment for your disability.
Social Security Disability Eligibility Requirements
The first step in obtaining Social Security disability benefits is to determine whether you are considered “disabled” under the Social Security program. A disability under federal Social Security regulations is defined as a medical condition severe enough to prevent you from working and is expected to either last a minimum of one year or result in death. A medical condition is considered severe if either of the two following criteria is met:
• Your medical condition is listed on the Social Security Administration’s List of Impairments
• Because of your disability, you are unable to perform the same type of work you did before and you cannot perform any other work based on your medical condition, age, education, past work experience and job skills
If your medical condition is expected to last more than one year (or result in death) and is listed on the Social Security Administration’s List of Impairments, you are automatically entitled to Social Security disability benefits. If your medical condition is not on this list, but you still wish to apply for Social Security disability benefits, the Social Security Administration will examine your application to determine whether your condition is severe enough to be considered disabling. Your condition will be considered a disability if you are unable to perform the same type of work you did before your condition and if you are unable to perform any other work because of your medical condition, age, education, past work experience and job skills.
Determining Whether You Are Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits
If you have been suffering from a medical condition that impairs your ability to work, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. If you need assistance determining whether you may be eligible, a Brooklyn Social Security disability benefits lawyer at our firm is available to assist you. We have represented numerous clients, as they complete the Social Security disability application process and we are available to answer any questions you may have.
Additionally, if you have been denied Social Security disability benefits but believe you are eligible, we are able to help you with the appeals process. Over the last thirty years, we have successfully represented clients at every level of appeal in the Social Security process. These levels include the hearing before a Social Security judge, review before the Appeals Council and seeking judicial review in Federal Court.
If you are in need of assistance with your Social Security disability claim, contact a Brooklyn Social Security disability attorney at the Law Office of David Kuznicki today.
Applying for disability benefits can be confusing, especially since there are a number of different types of Social Security disability benefits. At the Law Office of David Kuznicki, we understand this complexity and explain the different types of benefits to you. If you are eligible for Social Security benefits, we represent you throughout the application process and assist you with any difficulties you may have. We make it our goal to help working class employees obtain the financial assistance they need to provide for their families while undergoing medical treatment.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Benefits
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a federal program funded by Social Security taxes that provides benefits to disabled individuals who have been working for the requisite period of time and paying Social Security taxes. The time period required for SSDI eligibility varies from case to case, depending on the age of the worker.
Under SSDI, benefits are available not only to the disabled worker, but may also be available to a disabled widow or widower. Additionally, benefits may be available to adults disabled since childhood, if their parents meet the eligibility criteria for Social Security benefits.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides benefits to disabled individuals based upon financial need rather than simply past earnings. To be eligible for SSI benefits, you must meet the following requirements:
• Must be disabled, blind or elderly
• Must have limited income and limited resources
Unlike SSDI, there is no requirement that you work a certain number of years to receive benefits under the SSI program. Because SSI eligibility depends on the resources available to you, if you are entitled to benefits under a different government program you may be denied SSI benefits.
Children may also apply for disability benefits under SSI if they are under the age of 18 and disabled. The income requirement for child SSI disability benefits is based upon family income.
Assisting the Disabled in Our Community with Understanding Social Security Benefits
If you are injured or suffering from another medical condition that is impairing your ability to work, a Brooklyn Social Security disability benefits lawyer at the Law Office of David Kuznicki is available to assist you. Our attorneys have in-depth experience assisting disabled workers with their Social Security disability claims. We strive to help workers who have families to support, so they can provide for themselves and their families while undergoing medical treatment.
If you have any questions about applying for Social Security disability benefits, contact a Brooklyn Social Security disability benefits attorney at our firm today.