We understand that the Social Security Disability process is complicated and confusing. There are forms to fill out, examinations to attend, medical records to gather and interpret, and complex laws to dissect. We can help!
We know how tough it must be now that you no longer can do what you used to due to your injury and disability. Take solace in the fact that The Rosenblum Law Firm can help make all of this easier for you.
Having to live life with a disability can present many challenges. Not only do you have to deal with a chronic condition that causes you pain physically and emotionally there are other concerns such as paying bills and being able to support your family. If you have been disabled and are not in a position to work and earn a living, than you should consult with an attorney because you may be eligible to receive income through Social Security Disability benefits.
What Is Social Security Disability?
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a safety net for exactly this type of situation. Over the years you have been working and have paid Social Security taxes toward this federal insurance program. The SSDI program pays out monthly benefits to eligible individuals who are no longer able to work due to an illness or other disabling condition which is expected to last at least a year. Statistics show that over 8 million disabled workers currently receive Social Security Disability compensation and that the average benefit paid to someone on SSDI is over $13,000 a year.
SSDI is a part of the overall Social Security program that pays retirement benefits to workers who have reached retirement age. Benefits that are paid out to disabled workers under SSDI are based on earnings in the past and to dependents within the family. The reality however is that receiving Social Security Disability benefits is easier said than done as the majority of cases are denied the first time around and many valid claims are denied over technicalities in the application process. It’s important that you consult your with a knowledgeable Social Security disability lawyer who can answer your questions and guide you along the complex process.
The Social Security Disability Process
Although the process might seem complicated, we will help you every step of the way.
- You suffered a serious personal injury
- Your personal injury is on a list of recognized impairments
- You are not currently working (due to suffering from that personal injury)
- You are unable to return to work (due to suffering from that personal injury)
- You are unable to perform past relevant work or other types of work (due to suffering from that personal injury)
Am I Eligible To Receive Social Security Disability Benefits?
Most people who apply for Social Security Disability are denied on their first attempt. Since there is a significant amount of money that is paid out to SSDI beneficiaries, there are very strict requirements to be eligible and have your claim approved. Below we have provided some of the basic requirements to be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. Each case is different and there are many factors that may come into play, so it is important that you talk to an attorney to see if you qualify.
First, to be eligible an individual must be unable to work in any gainful employment activity because of a physical or mental disability and that disability will last continuously for at least one year. A potential beneficiary cannot be involved in any activity that allows them to make $1,000 a month (this amount varies depending on the national average wage).
Next, to qualify for SSDI benefits you must have established enough work credits which is approximately 5 years of full time employment out of the 10 years prior to the onset of your disability. Factors such as an individual’s education, age, work experience and available employment opportunities are also considered to determine eligibility.
Finally, the condition has to meet the Social Security Administration’s criteria for disability. These criteria are detailed and complex and an attorney can assist in helping you determine whether or not you are eligible.
Great! I am Eligible; Now What?
Here at The Rosenblum Law Firm, we will help you fill out all of the necessary forms, submit your supplemental documentation, and provide you with the representation you need in order to get your Social Security Disability benefits.
We will do everything in our power to help demystify the process, cut through the red tape, and get the results that you want.
Three Common SSD Questions
Q: How long will I have to wait to hear back?
A: Usually there is a three to five month waiting period before you can receive Social Security Disability. This is to ensure that only those who truly are suffering from a long-term disability can receive benefits.
Q: Is there a minimum age for receiving Social Security Disability?
A: No. As long as you meet all of the criteria mentioned above, you will be eligible to receive Social Security Disability.
Q: If I get Social Security Disability, when will my benefits end?
A: Your benefits will last as long as your injury and disability persist. If you are no longer disabled, then you will no longer be entitled to Social Security Disability.
Should You Hire a Social Security Disability Lawyer or Go It Alone?
Statistics show that the vast majority of SSDI claims are initially denied. This means that an appeal is made and the case will be heard before an administrative law judge. It is usually at this point that having an attorney represent you and present your case before the judge can really pay off.
Although an attorney cannot guarantee a victory, your chances of winning a case with an attorney are statistically much better and you can be assured that your case will be properly handled and presented to the administrative law judge. An experienced attorney is obligated to:
- Represent you zealously under the Rules of Professional Conduct. Having a passionate supporter fighting alongside of you to help you win your case and advise you along the way.
- Information you provide to an attorney remains confidential under the attorney-client privilege.
- Attorneys that specialize in the field have the experience and training to know what information is relevant to your case. This can be crucial in preparing your case to make sure the appropriate questions are asked to medical professionals.
- The right Social Security Disability attorney has extensive experience handling these cases and is familiar with the rules and regulations and is in the best position to get you favorable outcome in your case.
What Sets Us Apart and Why You Should Choose Us
The last thing you want to do is worry about the non-responsiveness of your lawyer. After all, you are injured and have more important things to worry about.
Here at The Rosenblum Law Firm, we understand this. Adam H. Rosenblum and his team of Social Security attorneys not only will listen to you and speak your language, they will also devote their time and energy toward making you feel comfortable.
Your legal matter is not only important to you, but it is also vital to us. That is why we do everything we can to answer your phone calls and emails promptly and will never give you the run around.
Moreover, getting you the money you deserve and making the process as smooth as possible are our primary goals.
Contact Us Today!
If you suffered an injury and cannot go back to work due to it, contact Adam H. Rosenblum of The Rosenblum Law Firm. He is a licensed attorney in both New Jersey and New York and has a great deal of experience handling Social Security Disability matters. He will fight to make sure that you receive every dime that you deserve. E-mail or call him today at 973-594-6552.