Social Security

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Philip Russotti has tried every type of civil case including medical malpractice, products liability, construction accidents, premises liability, police brutality and automobile cases. He is a partner at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin in New York.

A disability has the capacity to permanently alter a person’s life as well as the lives of his or her loved ones. From physical limitations to emotional distress, disabilities also hinder an individual’s ability to earn a living and support their family for even the most basic of needs like food and clothing.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides disability benefits to qualifying individuals through the Social Security disability insurance (SSD) program and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. Unfortunately, more people suffer from disabilities than most of us are aware. According to SSA, a 20-year-old worker has a three in 10 chance of suffering a disability before reaching retirement age.

Are You Eligible?

Social Security does not give money to individuals with partial disability or short-term disability. Instead, a person must not be able to work due to a medical condition that is anticipated to last at least one year or result in death. With that being said, some family members of disabled workers may also qualify to get money from Social Security.

Overall, disability benefits may be acquired if a person meets two different earning tests. First of all, he or she must pass a “recent work” test in which age at the time of disability is evaluated. Secondly, a “duration of work” test must be conducted to demonstrate that an individual worked long enough under Social Security. In some instances, a blind worker is only required to meet the “duration of work” test.

Some significant points of interest to those seeking Social Security disability benefits include the following:

  • SSD Deadlines
  • SSD Family Benefits
  • Social Security Insurance Denial
  • SSD Qualifying Conditions
  • Types of SSD Benefits
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for Children with Disabilities

Making Your Efforts Count

Applying for Social Security is often a complex and intimidating process. Even if you do have a legitimate disability, your claim may be denied for various reasons, such as missing medical evidence. If you feel that your Social Security disability claim denial is inaccurate, you can appeal it. The Appeals Process for Social Security is another ballgame altogether, but it is possible to get the benefits that you deserve. When filing an appeal, you have the right to obtain representation from an attorney or another individual who is qualified to do business with Social Security.

At Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, our Social Security attorneys work tenaciously and diligently to ensure that our clients’ rights are protected. In our many years of experience, we have garnered effective legal resources and acute knowledge of the Social Security disability application and appeals process. We are committed to serving individuals who have dedicated their lives to working but who can no longer do so because of life-changing disabilities. Please contact us today at (212) 986-7353 for a free consultation and to learn more about the options available to help secure your future.