Applying for Social Security disability (SSD) and SSI benefits can be an intimidating prospect, given the complexity of the programs that are available.
At the same time, you may need these benefits in order to replace the wages you can no longer earn on a regular basis.
Our goal is to make sure you understand what is happening to you and what to expect throughout every aspect of the process of applying for Social Security disability benefits.
Our attorneys can address your concerns about any of the following:
Types of disability benefits: The Social Security Administration (SSA) administers several benefits programs, including Social Security disability insurance and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Which program you should apply for depends on your work history and that of your immediate family members.
The Social Security process and timeline: All of the disability programs administered by the SSA have a similar process and timeline.
Our attorneys guide clients through each step of pursuing Social Security claims, including the initial application, administrative appeals of initially denied claims, and federal district court appeals.
Types of medical conditions: Any medical condition — physical, mental or emotional — that prevents you from working full-time can be used as a basis for disability benefits.
However, the proof necessary to prove you are disabled differs depending on the nature of your medical conditions.
The lawyers at our firm have helped clients with many different types of illnesses, and know what is necessary to prove your case.
Frequent questions and misconceptions: The Social Security process and criteria are extremely complex, and our clients have many questions about what it takes to get benefits.
There are also often rumors circulating that are false or misleading.
For example, contrary to what you may have heard, you do not have to wait until you are disabled for a year before you apply.
Our attorneys can clear everything up for you so you can make informed decisions.
At The Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, PLLC, our attorneys offer skilled guidance through the process. We have successfully represented thousands of clients in Western New York.