Bronx Social Security Disability Lawyer
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD) is a benefit that is paid to either you or your family members if you have become disabled and cannot work. It is a federal government program to assist you if you have become disabled.
The Law Offices of Daniel Berger has been focusing exclusively on Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) since 1996.
Our Social Security Disability lawyers can serve as your voice, guide and advocate through all stages of the SSDI process, working hard to fight for the financial resources you need.
How Do I Know If I Am Eligible For SSD?
To qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance, you must meet the following criteria:
- Have a medical condition that meets Social Security’s definition of disability
- Have worked long enough to earn the proper number of work credits
If you are unable to work for a year or more due to a physical or psychological disability, you are eligible to receive monthly payments. Benefits usually continue until you can work again on a regular basis.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) also requires that you have worked long enough to receive benefits. This is based on a work credit system. Work credits are based on your yearly income. You can earn up to four credits a year. In general, 20 to 40 credits are required. This means that you would have had to work for approximately 10 years. If you are younger, you may qualify with fewer credits. Age is a factor when determining these credits. Also, the salary needed for a credit changes from year to year.
Another qualification is that you must have paid Social Security taxes. If you have been working, you will need to provide your income documents to assist in determining if you can qualify for SSD.
Our Social Security Disability attorneys can evaluate your situation and provide guidance on whether you’re eligible for SSD benefits.
SSD Benefits And How To Apply
Social Security Disability Insurance provides several benefits to individuals who are unable to work due to a disability, including:
- Income support – SSD provides financial assistance to individuals who have paid Social Security taxes and have a qualifying disability. This assistance can help with basic living expenses such as housing, food and utilities.
- Medical coverage – In many cases, individuals receiving SSD may also qualify for Medicare, which helps cover medical expenses such as doctor visits, hospital visits and prescription medications.
- Dependent benefits – SSD may provide benefits for dependents of disabled individuals, including spouses and children.
- Work incentives – SSD includes work incentive programs that allow individuals to attempt to return to work without immediately losing their benefits. These programs provide a safety net for individuals who want to try working again but are uncertain about their ability to maintain employment.
To receive SSD benefits, start by applying. Many applications get denied due to insufficient evidence, problems with eligibility or other issues. If you act quickly after a denial, you can request reconsideration and pursue an appeal.
Our Social Security Disability lawyers can help you with your initial application or help you fight to overturn claim denials and get the full benefits you deserve.
What Is Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federally funded supplemental income for people with disabilities who have very little to no income. If you do not qualify for SSD, you may qualify for SSI to provide you with income to cover the necessities of shelter, food and clothing.
What Is The Difference Between SSD And SSI?
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are separate government programs that provide benefits for different situations. Each program has its own distinct eligibility requirements and standards for qualification.
These standards determine which program you qualify for when you have become disabled and are unable to work. Understanding the differences between the two programs helps you understand your rights.
Get A Compassionate Legal Team In Your Corner
Our firm has compassion for those with physical or mental disabilities. We know how difficult it is to live with a disability, and we are on your side. We will apply our in-depth knowledge of Social Security law to get you the proper benefits that allow you to have the highest quality of life possible. We will treat you with the dignity and respect you deserve.