Qualifying for SSD Benefits

Social Security Disability Lawyers Serving the Bronx and Other Areas of NYC

The attorneys at the Jesse Minc Law Group help clients who are unable to work due to impairments pursue Social Security Disability and other benefits in connection with their personal injury lawsuits. If you have worked for your whole life, you have paid taxes into these programs so that the support is there if you need it. We can help you make a clear and compelling case to explain that you qualify for assistance. The Bronx Social Security Disability attorneys in our network have decades of combined experience representing clients in qualifying for SSD benefits. We are committed to guiding our clients through the disability benefits application process with personalized attention if they come to us with a personal injury case, and are also entitled to SSD benefits due to their injuries.

Social Security Disability Insurance is a federal program funded by payroll taxes. It is separate from the Social Security retirement benefits system for older workers. The disability benefits are intended to help people who can no longer work because of a disability make ends meet financially. The amount of the monthly payments varies based on your average earnings while you were working and paying taxes into the program. The Social Security Administration also takes into account any other benefits that you may be receiving when calculating monthly SSD payments.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for SSD benefits, you need to show that you meet certain requirements. These include being under the age of 65 and having paid a certain amount of taxes into the system over a specified period of time. You also must prove that you have a covered disability that has left you unable to work. That means that you not only cannot do your previous job, but also cannot do other jobs likely to be available in your geographic area. Our attorneys will help you determine whether you meet the criteria for eligibility in the SSD program, and will assist you in pursuing benefits if you are injured and can no longer work. This is a service that we provide to clients when we accept their personal injury or medical malpractice lawsuits, and is another way in which we show our clients that we care about what happens to them both in context of their personal injury lawsuits and once our representation of them is completed.

Determining Disability

For you to be considered “disabled” for the purposes of qualifying for SSD benefits, our Bronx attorneys would need to establish that you suffer from a physical or mental impairment that prevents you from engaging in “substantial gainful activity.” In some cases, people who suffer from certain severe injuries and medical conditions may be automatically deemed unable to work. In most cases, however, benefits claims reviewers require proof of both your impairment and also the fact that it has left you unable to work. We will help you make this showing; often, the same showing required to demonstrate your damages in your personal injury or medical malpractice lawsuit is helpful in proving “disability” for SSD purposes. For example, the expert reports that we will prepare and use in your personal injury case can also be used in support of your SSD application to prove that you are “disabled”.

The Social Security Administration typically gauges whether a person can work based on “residual functional capacity.” The SSA measures that capacity to determine the kinds of work that you are capable of doing despite your impairment. It then considers whether you can still do your previous job with your current capacity. If not, the SSA explores whether there are other jobs that you can still perform, based on your age, experience, training, and background.

Even if you are able to work part-time, you may still be able to get benefits. This is because the government analyzes substantial gainful activity based on how much money you earn. A disabled person who makes about $1,200 a month, for example, is still considered to be unable to work for benefits purposes.

Contact a Knowledgeable Government Benefits Lawyer in the Bronx

At the Jesse Minc Law Group, our attorneys are dedicated to helping clients get the full benefits available under the law. We know what the government finds persuasive when considering benefits claims, and our attorneys have the experience and resources to make a clear and compelling case to claim reviewers. If your claim is wrongly denied, we also can help you pursue an appeal. Our firm limits the volume of cases that we take in order to ensure that each client gets the personalized attention that he or she deserves. Our track record speaks for itself. Our attorneys have been successful in more than 95 percent of the cases that they handle. We assist people throughout Greater New York City with qualifying for SSD benefits, including in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties. Call us at (718) 354-8000 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Se habla espanol.

Client Testimonials
When I got hurt after falling on a scaffold on a construction site, I could not work in construction anymore and did not know how I could support my family. I turned to Jesse Minc and I am very happy that I met him. He also discusses my case in Spanish with me when I want to, and that always made me feel comfortable. I believe that he is the best lawyer in New York City and I would recommend him to anybody who is injured. Hector Vargas, Bronx, New York
After I was very badly hurt in a construction accident and could not work anymore, I turned to Jesse Minc. I have had a lot of lawyers over the years, but he is the best I ever had. Because I was a member of Local 6A Concrete Workers Union, I lost a lot of benefits, my pension and income when I got hurt and he made sure I understood how I could recover what I had lost. He and his team have been a Godsend to me and my family, and I am so glad that I chose him to represent us. Luke Rosa, Bronx, New York
My experience with Jesse Minc's firm was very rewarding. I personally dealt with Jesse Minc, who was a class act as my lawyer. He was always on call with any questions or help I needed in the process of my lawsuit. Jesse recovered a high six figure sum for a slip and fall accident I endured. He got the case settled in a reasonable time. If you are in need of lawyers for a lawsuit in New York City I highly recommend Jesse Minc's firm, they got me a very high settlement and were there for me personally every step of the way. Thanks to all the lawyers and staff. Salvador Ruiz, Brooklyn, New York
When I got hurt on a construction site and could not work anymore, one of my brothers from the Concrete Workers Local 6A union recommended Jesse Minc to be my lawyer and I am very happy I picked him to represent me. He really does have the human touch that a lot of lawyers lack. I would recommend Jesse Minc to anyone injured in a construction accident because he will fight to the end of the earth for his clients. Joseph Toro, Bronx, New York