Can I qualify for SSD?

Yes.  The Social Security Administration administers two disability programs, DIB (Disability Insurance Benefits) and SSI (Supplemental Security Income).  If you become disabled and are unable to work before you reach your “full retirement age,” you may apply to collect Social Security Disability benefits. For advice regarding SSD, you will want to consult with a disability attorney.

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Am I Eligible for Social Security Disability Payments?

Western New Yorkers know all about hard work.  However, you may become unable to work due to your disability.  You may be eligible if you cannot perform any substantial work, due to a condition or combination of conditions that has lasted or is expected to last for twelve months or more. A finding of disability requires showing you cannot perform your regular work.

Your disabling condition(s) may be from any source, such as an injury either on or off the job, congenital illness, or a contracted or hereditary disease.  Social Security may consider you disabled due to either a physical or mental impairment or some combination of both.  Examples of disabling conditions include:

  • Blood and related hematological disorders
  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Mental impairments, including anxiety, schizophrenia, and depression
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Respiratory difficulties
  • Vision loss

Your case is unique, and requires individual, careful analysis, which we can discuss at your free initial consultation. With Pashler & Devereaux by your side, you can rest assured that certain life impacts – as a result of a disability denial – continue to be kept at their minimum.

What is SSI?

Not every disabled individual will have enough work history to qualify for disability benefits.  People who fall into this category include parents who stay at home to care for other family members or young people who have worked little or not at all before becoming disabled.

SSI is a needs-based program that helps disabled people with very low household income and minimal resources. Not all disability lawyers will represent individuals who are seeking just SSI benefits.  However, we will work with you to help secure the disability benefits you deserve.

How Long Should I Wait Before I Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits?

You should file for benefits as soon as you become disabled, if your condition is expected to last at least twelve months.  The Social Security Administration can take years to decide disability claims.

If you are disabled in Buffalo, the Social Security Administration will not consider your family’s need.  The decision is primarily medical. Contact Pashler & Deveraux for your free initial consultation today. A disability attorney can advise you on everything you will need to do to ensure you receive what you are legally entitled to.

At What Stage in the Application Process Should I Contact a Disability Attorney?

A disability attorney can help you at any stage in the disability application process, including the initial application. We are experienced disability attorneys familiar with how the Social Security Administration makes decisions.  If you are in Western New York, or Buffalo, put our knowledge of disability law to work for you.

I Received a Denial of My Reconsideration, Should I Speak to You About a Hearing?

Yes. As your disability attorney, we will help you file your appeal with the Social Security Administration.  You have a limited amount of time within which to file an appeal for a disability hearing.  When you appeal, you will have a Social Security disability hearing before an administrative law judge. Pashler & Devereux will help you present your case at the hearing. You and your witnesses can tell the judge about your impairments and how they limit what you are able to do.

How Much Medical Evidence is Required?

Medical evidence is the pivotal component in the SSA’s decision of whether you are officially disabled. We will advise you about how we can compile as much medical evidence as possible, including diagnostic reports, x-rays, imaging, test results and surgical records.

Do I Need a Disability Attorney?

If you have been injured or are suffering from an injury, you do not need a disability attorney.  However, disabled individuals who retain an attorney are more likely to be successful in the disability application process.

Disability attorneys will all charge the same fee.  If an attorney represents you, the government withholds 25% of all retroactive benefits as a possible attorney’s fee.

Choose Pashler & Deveraux because we understand your claim is unique.  We focus on disability law to help us advocate for you.

What Will You Do for Me?

At Pashler & Devereaux, helping you and your family will be our highest priority.  As a small law firm, we will bring several important qualities to your case. If you retain us, we will do the following:

  • We will begin by reviewing or helping you to complete all necessary forms.
  • We will help our clients develop the medical evidence of record. We will contact your doctors and other health care providers in order to collect all the necessary medical information required to prove your case.
  • We will always be available to answer your important questions and provide you with the most up-to-date information about your case.
  • We will help prepare you for your hearing before an administrative law judge.
  • We will be prepared to appeal your case to Federal District Court, if necessary.
  • We will also review your benefits once they are awarded, and make sure that you continue to receive your benefits, so long as you are unable to work.

Can I Contact You With My Questions?

Absolutely.  If you are looking for advice and legal representation for your Social Security disability claim, consider Pashler & Devereaux, a law firm of disability attorneys in Buffalo dedicated to helping you obtain the benefits you need. To make an appointment, call (716) 874-1739 today or contact us now. A knowledgeable, expert disability attorney can make a major difference in the outcome of your claim.

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