Guiding You Through Social Security Disability Appeals

Our workers are building America, contributing to America’s economy and making America a great nation. While working in risky jobs on scaffolds or in law enforcement, or by working many long hours, workers pay into the Social Security system, which should assist them if they become disabled. Social Security Disability is supposed to protect our injured workers. When a worker is unable to work due to a disability, we believe they deserve our commitment, attention and respect.
Social Security Disability
If you become disabled, whether due to an injury, illness or accident, Bronnberg & Henriquez PC will help you navigate through the Social Security system to obtain your rightful benefits.
When a worker is unable to work due to a serious illness, that worker is entitled to collect Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. The worker may also be eligible for Medicare from the Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSD program was created for disabled workers who have worked and earned enough credits to qualify. The SSA also administers the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. The SSI program was created for those who do not have enough credits to qualify for SSD and who are without income. SSI is a public assistance program that is directed toward the elderly and the disabled.

To obtain SSD insured status, you must have earned credits by reporting your income.

If after a hearing, the judge may deny your claim, but you can appeal to the appeals council and to the U.S. federal courts. A trained and qualified lawyer familiar with this complicated set of regulations can be crucial in determining whether you receive a favorable judgment. A lawyer is necessary to question medical consultants and vocational rehabilitation experts. You may be losing a large amount of money by not retaining a lawyer and appealing, as the alternative is simply re-filing a new application at a later date.

If You Are Disabled

If you are determined to be disabled under the guidelines, other family members may qualify for additional benefits. These family members include:

At the New York firm of Bronnberg & Henriquez PC, we have successfully handled thousands of SSDI cases. Your initial consultation is absolutely free. We will only obtain a legal fee if we win your case. The fee will be 25 percent of the retroactive benefits. Additional costs for obtaining medical records must be paid for by the claimant.

Contact Bronnberg & Henriquez PC in Queens for personal service. Call 718-714-8542 or fill out our online contact form below and an attorney will get back to you promptly. 

SOCIAL SECURITY FAQ

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.

You may apply online or by telephone. For more information about the forms and documents required, go to https://secure.ssa.gov/iClaim/dib or call 800-772-1213. Bronnberg & Henriquez PC offers a free initial consultation if you need assistance. 

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.

You may appeal. Change 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.

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.

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.

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