Do You Qualify for SSDI?
Do you live in Northern New York, and have questions about Social Security Disability (SSD) eligibility? At Fischer, Bessette, Muldowney & McArdle, LLP, our attorneys can review your situation and give you clear answers about whether you are eligible for SSD benefits. If you are not, you may still be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), a similar program.
Determining Whether You Qualify for SSDI Benefits
The most obvious requirement to obtain SSDI is that you are disabled and unable to work. You must have an injury or illness that meets the Social Security Administration's definition of disability.
The second requirement is that you must have worked in recent years at a job covered by Social Security and paid sufficiently into the system. This requirement is for SSDI only. If you do not meet this requirement, you may still be eligible for SSI benefits.
Proving Your Eligibility
Being eligible and proving it to the Social Security Administration are two different things, and that is why you need an experienced lawyer on your side. We will not only help you determine your eligibility, but will also help assemble the necessary evidence to make it clear to the Social Security Administration that your condition falls within its definition of a disability. If the Administration does not accept your initial application, we will pursue the matter through the appeals process on your behalf.