SSDI Benefits Attorney in Long Beach, New York
Life is known for throwing us curveballs when we least expect it. One pivot that we can never be prepared for is when we fall injured or ill to the point of hindering our ability to work. I understand the struggle and uncertainty that comes with this situation, and I want you to know that you're not alone.
My firm, Law Office of Crysti D. Farra, is committed to providing legal counsel to individuals dealing with such challenges. I aim to help you understand the basics of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and help you secure the benefits you deserve. Located in Lido Beach, New York, I extend my services to clients throughout Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, Kings, Westchester, Bronx, and across this great nation as well.
Understanding SSDI Benefits
SSDI is a federal program designed to provide financial assistance to individuals who are unable to work because of a disability. It's a lifeline for those who have contributed to Social Security taxes over time. To be eligible for SSDI, you must have a disability that prevents you from participating in what's known as substantial gainful activity (SGA), and this condition must be expected to last for at least 12 months or result in death.
The intricacies of SSDI benefits can be overwhelming, but I'm here to help break it down for you. During your free initial consultation, we'll discuss your circumstances together to determine if you meet these criteria and guide you on how to proceed.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Another vital program to be aware of is the Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This program provides financial aid to disabled individuals with limited income and resources. Unlike SSDI, SSI does not require a work history. The eligibility for SSI lies in meeting the income and resource limits set by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and having a disability that prevents you from working for 12 months or longer.
Eligibility Criteria for SSDI and SSI
Qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits requires fulfilling specific criteria set by Federal Rules and Statutes. The main requirement is having a medical condition that prevents you from engaging in substantial gainful activity (SGA) for at least one year or resulting in death. For SSDI, you also need to have earned enough work credits, while SSI focuses on income and resource limits set by the Federal and State government as well as the SSA.
Understanding these requirements can be confusing, but I'm here to help clarify them and assess your eligibility.
The Application Process
Applying for SSDI benefits may seem like a lot at first, but with the right information and guidance, the process becomes much more manageable. Here's a general overview of the application process:
Gathering the necessary information and documents for your application;
Completing and submitting your application;
Having your application reviewed to ensure you meet the basic requirements for disability benefits;
Getting your work history confirmed;
Evaluating any current work activities;
Processing your application and forwarding it to the Disability Determination Services office;
The state agency makes the final decision regarding your disability.
In some circumstances you have the right to appeal a decision made about your entitlement to benefits. I can help you determine if you have an appealable issue.
The SSDI application process involves many steps and requires detailed information. As an experienced attorney in this field, I can help you gather all the necessary documents, complete your application accurately, and guide you through each step of the way.
The Appeals Process
If your initial application for SSDI benefits is denied, don't despair. You have the right to appeal the decision. The appeals process includes several stages:
Reconsideration - A thorough review of your claim by someone who did not take part in the first decision.
Hearing by an administrative law judge - If you disagree with the reconsideration decision, you can ask for a hearing. The administrative law judge who conducts the hearing did not participate in the original decision or the reconsideration of your case and will take a fresh look at your entire case.
Review by the Appeals Council - If you disagree with the hearing decision, you can ask for a review by Social Security's Appeals Council if the judge made an error of law.
Federal Court review - If you disagree with the Appeals Council's decision or if the Appeals Council decides not to review your case, you can file a lawsuit in a federal district court.
Understanding your rights and the deadlines for filing an appeal is crucial to increase your chances of success in obtaining the benefits you deserve.
The Importance of Legal Representation
The process of securing Social Security Disability benefits can be overwhelming, which is why having an experienced attorney by your side can make a significant difference. As an SSDI attorney, I'm dedicated to simplifying and guiding you through every step along the way. I will work diligently to gather and organize all necessary medical evidence, represent you at hearings, and advocate for your rights throughout the entire process.
SSDI Benefits Attorney Serving Lido Beach, New York
Dealing with a disability is challenging enough without having to navigate the intricacies of SSDI and SSI benefits. At the Law Office of Crysti D. Farra, I'm here to provide comprehensive, clear information about these programs, and guide you through the qualification process. Proudly serving clients in Lido Beach, New York, and surrounding areas, I am committed to being your trusted partner in securing the benefits that are rightfully yours. Don't hesitate to reach out.