Social Security Disability & Supplemental Security Income

Syracuse Social Security Disability Lawyer

Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are federal programs that provide monthly benefits to those who suffer from a disabling medical condition that prevents them from working on a full time basis.

Social Security Disability

  • You must not be working full-time or earning more than $1050 per month
  • Must have worked five of the last 10 years and paid into the Social Security system
  • You must show either that 1) you meet the criteria for a listed impairment, or 2) that you have limitations (physical and/or mental) that prevents you from doing any work you have done within the last 15 years as well as any other jobs that exist in significant numbers.
  • Your disability must last or be expected to last at least 12 months, or be expected to result in death.

The money you and your employer have paid over the years in Social Security taxes entitles you to apply for insurance against long-term disability.

Supplemental Security Income

  • Unable to maintain substantially gainful full time employment
  • Designed for those who have not paid sufficient amounts into the Social Security system
  • You must show either that 1) you meet the criteria for a listed impairment, or 2) that you have a disability that prevents you from doing any work you have done within the last 15 years as well as any other jobs that exist in significant numbers.
  • Your disability must last or be expected to last at least 12 months, or be expected to result in death.
  • Must meet income/resource guidelines.

*** The Administration will award benefits due to your disability if it prevents you from being able to work full time. This does not mean that you cannot work at all. Part time work does not disqualify you from securing benefits.

Skilled Representation Can Make The Difference

Having a skilled disability advocate representing you will dramatically increase the likelihood that you will be granted disability.

Denied Social Security Claims – Taking Your Case through the Appeals Process

Having your SSD or SSI application denied does not necessarily mean you are not entitled to benefits.

Requesting a Hearing With the Social Security Administration

If your initial Social Security disability claim is denied, and statistics show that well over two thirds of all applications will be denied initially, the next step is to request a hearing before an administrative law judge. Statistically, this hearing is your best chance to obtain the benefits you've previously been denied, so it is very important to be prepared.

Our representatives will leave no stone unturned working on your case in preparation for your hearing. Some representatives do not meet with their clients until the day of the hearing. Not at Stanley Law. We will meet with you prior to your hearing to prepare you for it. When the time comes, you will be ready to testify, and we will be ready to argue for the benefits you deserve.

On average, it takes 12 to 18 months to get a hearing, but under certain conditions, we can get some hearings expedited.

If the hearing is not successful, we can pursue your case at the Appeals Council and, if necessary, file an appeal in Federal Court. At Stanley Law, we aggressively pursue appeals where we feel the Administration has wrongly denied our client's claim.

We are highly experienced with the appeals process for denied claims and have helped thousands of clients successfully obtain benefits at the hearing stage, Appeals Council, and through our network, Federal Court. Contact us today to discuss how we can help you pursue a positive outcome.

 

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