Applying for SSD Benefits
The government benefits lawyers in the network of the Jesse Minc Law Group can help people throughout the Greater New York City area who are unable to work as a result of an injury or medical impairment obtain important government benefits such as Social Security Disability benefits. These important benefits can assist victims of serious personal injury accidents or medical malpractice by providing an income if they are unable to work due to having sustained a serious injury due to negligence. We understand the financial strain and stress that dealing with a serious physical or mental condition can cause, especially if you are accustomed to supporting yourself or providing for a family. The Bronx Social Security Disability attorneys in our network work meticulously with our personal injury and medical malpractice lawyers to help clients who are injured due to the negligence of others apply for SSD benefits and any other forms of assistance for which they may be eligible. We can explain the process to you and gather the evidence that you need to qualify for SSD benefits, and will connect you with the right lawyers to make sure that your claims for benefits have the best possible chances of succeeding.Understanding the Eligibility Requirements for SSD
Social Security Disability benefits provide financial assistance to people who are no longer able to work because of an impairment. The program, which is funded by payroll taxes (which are paid by employers throughout the United States), is separate from the Social Security retirement benefits system. The amount of monthly benefits available to a person who successfully files a claim depends on the type and degree of disability, the person’s average earnings, and any other sources of income that they may have. Unlike with respect to a claim for personal injuries due to negligence, no showing of fault is required. Plaintiffs who may have personal injury or medical malpractice claims can also make separate claims for SSD while their lawsuit is pending, and the outcome of one case does not necessarily affect the other.
To be eligible for disability benefits, you need to be under the age of 65, and you must have paid a certain amount of taxes into the program over a certain amount of time. You also need to show that you have a disability that prevents you from working. The SSA considers a person disabled if he or she cannot perform “substantial gainful activity,” whether it is the person’s former job or another type of work.
People who suffer from certain severe injuries and medical conditions may be automatically deemed unable to work because they meet the criteria of an entry in the SSA’s Listing of Impairments. In many cases, however, the SSA requires proof of your impairment as well as proof that it has left you unable to work in any job that might be available in your area.How to Apply for Benefits
Unfortunately, the SSA initially denies a substantial number of the benefits claims filed with the agency. This is one reason why it is critical to have an experienced advocate in your corner when you are applying for SSD benefits. A disability benefits lawyer can track down all of the necessary evidence to show that you are entitled to benefits and present it to the SSA in a persuasive way. In the event that your claim is wrongly denied, our network of Bronx attorneys can also get you in touch with SSD lawyers who can help appeal that decision denying you benefits to which you may be entitled.
To get SSD benefits, you need to submit an application to the SSA. Most applications are processed by local field offices, which have the initial job of making sure that you meet the non-medical eligibility requirements. The field office then sends the claim to a state agency to weigh the medical evidence and determine whether you are disabled under the law.
Since it can take several months for the government to process an application, it is vital that you file your claim as soon as possible after you become disabled. It is also crucial that you provide all of the information and evidence available to show that you are eligible for benefits. These include medical records, earnings statements, and other evidence showing the impact of your impairment on your ability to work.Discuss Your Benefits Claim with a Social Security Lawyer at Our Bronx Firm
At the Jesse Minc Law Group, we understand the complicated medical and technical issues that can come up in disability benefits claims. Our firm has been successful in more than 95 percent of the cases that we handle. We offer clients direct access to our lawyers so that they can develop a strong rapport with the person advocating for them. Our attorneys help benefits claimants in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties. Call us at (718) 354-8000 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss a Social Security Disability or workers’ compensation claim. Se habla espanol.