The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities, however, process of receiving these benefits can be complicated and confusing. There are specific forms to fill out, an array of examinations to attend, years of medical records to gather and interpret, and intricate laws to dissect and understand.
It can also be difficult to be restricted both mentally and physically due to an injury and/or disability. Take solace in the fact that The Rosenblum Law Firm can help make the process effortlessly more coherent.
Having to live with a disability can present many challenges. An unknown fact to most is if you have a disability and are not capable to work and/or earn a living, then 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 people who have disabilities that prevent them from working to earn a living. Over the years, the government has committed the collected 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 any illnesses or other disabling conditions, which is expected to last at least a year. Statistics show that over 8 million disabled workers currently receive Social Security Disability compensations and that the average benefit paid to someone on SSDI is over $13,000 a year.
SSDI is part of a larger Social Security program that also 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. Lamentably, receiving Social Security Disability benefits is easier said than done. The majority of cases are denied the first time around and many valid claims are denied because of technicalities in the application process. The Rosenblum Law Firm has a long history of solving many of these problems for our clients. Our attorneys can answer all your questions and guide you guide you along this labyrinthine process.
The Social Security Disability Process
- 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 benefits are denied on their first attempt, due to a long list of 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. Keep in mind that each case is different and there are many factors that may come into play, so it is imperative that you talk to an attorney ASAP to see if you qualify.
First, to be eligible, an individual must be definitively unable to work in any gainful employment activity because of a physical or mental disability continuously lasting for at least a 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, you must have established enough work credits of 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 benefits. 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 at this point that having an attorney to represent and present your case before the judge can be to your advantage.
Although an attorney cannot guarantee a victory, your chances of winning a case with an attorney are instantly much higher, 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 The Rosenblum Law Firm From Others?
Here at The Rosenblum Law Firm, Adam H. Rosenblum and his team of Social Security attorneys have had a decades’ worth of experience dealing with Social Security Disability benefit cases and have proven success with our clients. Our resume is also complemented by our original professional strategies that are aimed at making the process the least consuming part of our client’s life, while also delivering the swiftest and finest results.
We are flexible and can adapt to any situation that suits the individual customer the best. Remember, at The Rosenblum Law Firm our goal is to help people who are in need and deliver them the life they deserve. We will not falter in aiding the people we represent and have proven loyalty and commitment to our customers.
Contact Us Today!
If you suffered an injury and cannot go back to work due to it, contact Adam H. Rosenblum at 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.