Social Security FAQ

Many people are confused about their eligibility for Social Security Disability. Here are the most frequently asked and answered questions.

Am I eligible for benefits?

If your disability qualifies, yes. Your injury must be listed in what is known as "the blue book," which is the Social Security Administration's (SSA) impairment listing manual. An attorney who works with Social Security Disability can tell you whether you qualify and guide you to your next step.

How do I apply in New York?

You may apply online or in-person. In person in Queens, call to make an appointment: 800-772-1213. The government office is located at Ground Floor, 31-08 37th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101. For more information about the forms and documents required, go to Many people find the process confusing. Bronnberg & Henriquez PC offers a free initial consultation if you need assistance.

Why hire a lawyer?

The process is rule-driven and requires attention to detail and many documents, including medical records, personal identity information, tax returns, pay stubs, settlement agreements or other proof of any temporary or permanent workers' compensation-type benefits. Your doctor's assessment of your injury is a big part of whether your claim will be accepted or denied. If all of the paperwork is not correctly submitted, your claim could be denied.

What if my claim is denied?

You may appeal. Many administrative law judges will not consider the appeals of people who do not have legal representation. Bronnberg & Henriquez PC has helped hundreds of workers with the Social Security Disability appeal process.

How are benefits determined?

Your Social Security Disability benefits are based on the amount of income that you paid Social Security taxes on — your covered earnings. The amount used to determine your benefits is called the average indexed monthly earnings (AIME). An experienced Social Security Disability attorney can also help you determine the amount of your benefits.

Can I work while on Social Security Disability?

Yes, and job modifications may also be an option. There are also special rules that help you get back to work so that you will not jeopardize your initial benefits. A nine-month trial work period may be used to determine your ability to perform after your injury.

Call The Experienced Attorneys At Bronnberg & Henriquez PC

With over 30 years of combined experience, we can help you through your workers' compensation, Social Security Disability or injury issue. Contact Bronnberg & Henriquez PC in Queens for personal service. Call 718-509-6788 or fill out our online contact form and a qualified, experienced lawyer will get back to you promptly.