Our Skilled Legal Team Knows Social Security Disability Law

Severance, Burko, Spalter & Masone PC protects the rights of disabled New Yorkers

State and federal laws governing disability benefits are complex and it can be a hassle gathering information while coping with disability. Making things worse, initial applications are frequently denied, leading to appeals on various levels. It is important to have an attorney represent you through the process to ensure the right path is followed to help you obtain the benefits you need. Our law firm has been handling disability claims for over three decades and we know what to expect when dealing with the Social Security Administration.

What is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)?

Social Security Disability Insurance (abbreviated either "SSDI" or "SSD") is a federal insurance program that is managed by the Social Security Administration and designed to provide income assistance to people who are physically disabled or suffer from a mental illness preventing them from obtaining substantial gainful employment. Our attorneys assist clients with their initial application and continues representation through the appeals process if needed.

Am I eligible for social security benefits?

In order to receive benefits for SSD, you must have paid enough Social Security taxes to be deemed "insured" and you must be suffering from a disability that has lasted or is expected to last at least 12 months. You also cannot be substantially gainfully employed or over the age of 65. Our disability lawyers can help you determine if you are eligible.

How much will I get for my disability?

Your SSD benefits are based on your age and your average earning during your working years. Essentially, the more money you earned while working, the higher your benefits will be. We can help you estimate your SSD benefits and prepare your application for submission.

How do I apply for Social Security Disability Benefits?

The process begins with your initial application, which requires extensive information about your disability and employment history. The application is lengthy and should have documents included that support your disability claim and establish your credibility. Having an attorney at this step reduces the likelihood that your claim will be denied.

How do I qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

Supplemental Security Income is a needs-based program for qualifying individuals based on age and health conditions. Benefits are available to people over the age of 65, as well as blind and disabled persons of all ages. It is best to have an attorney review your claim and review your eligibility.

Can I still work while on disability?

Yes. You can work while receiving benefits provided your income does not exceed the threshold limit set by law. Our lawyers can help you determine if your income exceeds that limit and what you can do to become compliant to continue receiving benefits.

Should I hire an attorney?

Having an attorney prepare your SSD application and assist you with gathering all necessary supporting evidence reduces the likelihood that your claim will be denied for incompletion or lack of evidence. By working your case from the beginning, it makes it easier for us to see your case through the appeals process, which is very common with SSD due to high rates of denial for first-time applicants.

Have one of our experienced attorneys start helping you today

When dealing with the Social Security Administration, it is important to have an attorney's assistance to ensure that you receive all benefits available. The attorneys at Severance, Burko, Spalter & Masone, PC have over 35 years of experience handling disability claims in New York. We have disability lawyers at both of our offices in Brooklyn and Staten Island that are available to meet with you to discuss your options. Call us today at (718) 625-2300 to set up an appointment. Hablamos espanol.