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Social Security Disability Attorney in Long Beach, New York

Filing for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA) could be the next step in helping to support yourself or a family member who lives with a disability. SSDI and SSI benefits are often a lifeline for individuals living with disabilities that hinder their ability to work or earn an income. If you or a loved one falls into this category, it's crucial to understand the benefits of SSDI / SSI and the process of applying. 

These benefits are designed to provide some financial assistance, while you focus on your health issues. While the application process might seem daunting, with the right information and guidance, it can be navigated effectively.  

If you are considering SSDI / SSI benefits for yourself or a loved one, reach out to me, Crysti D. Farra Attorney at Law, as soon as possible. My aim is to provide you with comprehensive and clear information about Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income. I'd be happy to explain to you the various aspects of these programs.

Whether you're seeking to apply for disability benefits or simply want to understand the qualification process, I'm here to guide you through. My firm proudly serves clients in Long Beach, New York, as well as Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, Kings, Westchester, the Bronx, or anywhere in the country you find yourself in.  If you are in need, reach out to me for support.

Overview of Social Security Disability

Social Security Disability is a government-backed initiative designed to offer financial aid to those who are unable to work because of a disability. This aid comes in two main forms: Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. 

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

SSDI is available to those individuals who've worked and contributed to Social Security taxes over a certain period. To qualify for SSDI, you need to have a disability that hinders you from engaging in substantial gainful activity (SGA), that is expected to continue for at least 12 months, or result in death. 

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

On the other hand, SSI is a needs-based program offering financial assistance to disabled individuals with limited income and resources. Unlike SSDI, SSI doesn't require a work history. To qualify for SSI, you need to meet the income and resource limits set by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and have a disability that prevents you from working 12 months or longer.

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Qualifying for Disability Benefits

To qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you must meet specific criteria set by Federal Rules and Statutes. The primary requirement is having a medical condition that prevents you from engaging in substantial gainful activity (SGA). This impairment must be expected to last for at least one year or result in death. 

For SSDI, you also need to have earned enough work credits. The number of work credits required depends on your age at the time your disability began. For SSI, you need to meet the income and resource limits set by the Federal and State government as well as SSA. 

Factors Considered in Determining Disability

When evaluating a disability claim, SSA takes into account several factors to determine eligibility. These factors include the severity of your impairment, the extent to which it affects your ability to perform previous work, and your capacity to adapt to other types of work.  

To make an informed decision, SSA carefully reviews medical evidence, such as medical records, test results, and statements from healthcare professionals, to assess the impact of the disability on your overall ability to engage in gainful employment. By considering these various factors, SSA aims to ensure fair and accurate determinations for disability benefits are rendered. 

Your Right to Appeal Decisions

If your initial application for Social Security Disability benefits is denied, don't worry because you have the right to appeal the decision. The appeals process includes several stages that provide you with opportunities to present your case and seek a new decision.  

First, there is the reconsideration stage, where your claim will be reviewed by a different examiner. If your claim is still denied, you can request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, who will evaluate your case and listen to any additional evidence or arguments you may have.  

Finally, if the Administrative Law Judge's decision is unfavorable, you can seek further review by the Appeals Council, provided you can show the Administrative Law Judge made an error of law in his decision. Understanding your rights and the deadlines for filing an appeal is crucial, as it can greatly increase your chances of success in obtaining the benefits you deserve. 

Rely on My Experienced Guidance

Understanding the Social Security Disability process can be daunting. As an experienced attorney who is knowledgeable in this field, I'm here to simplify and guide you through every step of the way. My goal is to increase your chances of obtaining the benefits you rightfully deserve by providing comprehensive assistance. 

I will diligently work with you to gather and organize all necessary medical evidence, ensuring that your application or appeal is strong and compelling. In addition, I will represent you at hearings, using my skills to present your case effectively and advocate for your rights throughout the entire process. 

Rest assured, you can rely on my knowledge and dedication to navigate the complexities of the Social Security Disability system, empowering you to obtain the support you need. Let me be your trusted partner in this journey toward securing the benefits that are rightfully yours. 

Social Security Disability Attorney Serving Long Beach, New York and Beyond

Social Security Disability provides essential financial support to individuals who are unable to work due to a disability. Whether you're eligible for SSDI or SSI, understanding the qualification criteria and the appeals process is crucial. At the Law Office of Crysti D. Farra, I'm here to help you through this process and improve your chances of securing the benefits you need. Reach out to me if you’re located in Long Beach, New York, or the surrounding areas.*

*Social Security is a Federal Program so representation can be extended to any state in the U.S.