Social Security disability (SSD) benefits are intended for those who cannot earn a reasonable income because of a qualifying disability. Although such benefits can be a godsend, securing them is challenging.

 

In fact, putting together a claim is so time consuming and taxing that it often deters those who are eligible from applying. Fortunately, claimants do not have to complete the application on their own.

 

By hiring a personal injury lawyer who handles Social Security disability cases, you can focus on your health and family while your attorney handles the logistics of your claim. If you need help applying for SSD benefits—or filing an appeal after receiving a denial—contact Charnas Law Firm.

 

Attorney Scott Charnas limits his scope of practice to personal injury law so he can provide the most comprehensive counsel possible to clients throughout Massachusetts and New York City. His areas of practice include wrongful death, medical malpractice, workers’ compensation, Social Security disability, and many others. Call 212-980-6800 to schedule a free case evaluation with one of the leading Social Security disability lawyers.

 

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Do I Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

 

Because the application process for SSD benefits is so daunting, it is wise to determine if you are eligible for them before starting. Although there are some exceptions, most people can figure out if they qualify by asking these four questions:

 

  1. Is Your Condition Preventing You from Working?

 

If you are still able to work despite being disabled, you are not entitled to benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers those who make at least $1,180 per month to be gainfully employed and therefore ineligible for benefits.

 

  1. Is Your Disability Considered a Qualifying Condition?

 

Your condition must be severe enough that it inhibits you from performing simple, work-related tasks. It must also be on the SSA’s Listing of Impairments.

 

  1. Can You Adapt at Work?

 

Are there ways to adapt so you can continue doing the work you have always done? If you have a physical disability but your job is relatively sedentary, for example, it may be hard to qualify for benefits because accommodations can usually be made.

 

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  1. Can You Perform Some Other Kind of Work?

 

Can you make some kind of lateral move to a different company or even a new industry that demands the same skillset? Even if you cannot earn money performing the job you used to do, you will be ineligible for benefits if you can take on some other position.

 

Call 212-980-6800 to Speak with a Social Security Disability Attorney

 

If you think you’re eligible for SSD benefits, turn to Charnas Law Firm. Attorney Scott Charnas is well versed in the laws governing such programs, and he will help you prepare a solid claim.

Scott represents clients in New York City and throughout Massachusetts. Call 212-980-6800 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free consultation with a Social Security disability lawyer.