Queens Social Security Disability Lawyer
SSDI & SSI Claims in New York City
Individuals who are unable to work due to a disability may be eligible for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits. There are two main SSD programs offered by the federal government: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). While SSDI benefits are available to those who have worked in the past and earned the appropriate work credits, SSI is available to low-income individuals regardless of work history.
If you need help with SSD, from determining if you are eligible for either program to filing a claim to appealing a denied claim, reach out to the Harris Firm, LLC. Our Queens Social Security disability attorneys have extensive experience navigating this complex system and can assist you with every aspect of your claim. We provide personal attention and dedicated, one-on-one assistance to every single client. You will work directly with your attorney throughout the entire process and will receive consistent access to our team.
What Is Social Security Disability Insurance?
Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, is a federal program that provides monetary benefits to people who suffer various impairments and disabilities. SSDI is available to those who have worked in the past; if you have never been able to work due to a disability or impairment, you do not qualify for SSDI. However, you may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), another form of SSD provided by the federal government.
To be eligible for SSDI, you must:
- Meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of being disabled
- Be unable to work due to a disability or medical condition
- Have a disability or medical condition that is expected to last at least one year or result in death
- Be younger than your retirement age (typically, 65)
- Have earned enough “work credits” through previous employment
If you meet all eligibility requirements, you can receive monetary benefits on a monthly basis for the duration of your disability.
What Is Supplemental Security Income?
Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, is another type of federally funded Social Security disability. Unlike with SSDI, which requires individuals to have worked in jobs covered by Social Security for a certain amount of time, you do not need to have earned any work credits to be eligible for SSI.
Instead, you may be eligible for SSI benefits if you:
- Have limited income and resources
- Are 65 or older, blind, or disabled
- Are a U.S. citizen or qualifying immigrant/alien
There are strict income and resource limits when it comes to SSI eligibility; if you make too much money or have too many resources, you may not qualify for SSI benefits. The same is true if your medical condition (i.e., age, blindness, or disability) does not meet the government’s standards for eligibility.
Can You Appeal a Denied SSD Claim?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) denies the majority of first-time Social Security disability (SSD) claims. It is not uncommon to have your SSDI or SSI claim denied the first time you submit. The good news is that you have the right to appeal the SSA’s decision. It is strongly recommended that you appeal a denied SSD claim rather than restart the process. The chance of success is much higher when you appeal than when you submit a new claim.
We also recommend that you work with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney if you wish to appeal a denied SSD claim. At the Harris Firm, LLC, our Queens SSDI and SSI attorneys are prepared to help you understand your legal rights and options, including your right to request an appeal. We have extensive knowledge of the SSD system and have successfully helped many clients recover their rightful benefits, even when their initial claims were denied.
Schedule Your Free Consultation with Our Team Today
At the Harris Firm, LLC, we are committed to standing up for the rights of injured and disabled workers, individuals, accident victims, and their families. Founded in 2003, our firm has earned a reputation for aggressive client advocacy and a results-oriented approach. Our Queens Social Security disability lawyers have nearly 30 years of experience, as well as a long and proven record of success in recovering compensation and benefits for our clients.
When you turn to our team, you will receive personal attention and direct communication from your attorney throughout the entire legal process. We will handle every last detail so that you can focus on moving forward with your life. We have two offices conveniently located in the city, but we are also able to travel to your home or the hospital if your injuries or disability prevents you from coming to us.
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