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Manhattan Social Security Disability

The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers disability benefits to people who suffer from incapacitating conditions such as stomach, intestine and liver disorders, cardiac/vascular disorders, degenerative back injuries, or orthopedic injuries and as a result can no longer work. The Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSDI) is available to people who have a serious disability, but who also have worked long enough to earn enough work credits to qualify for benefits. 20 C.F.R. § 404.315. Benefits are only available if your disability is expected to be long-term. SSDI benefits are not available if you have a short-term or partial disability. If you are suffering from a severe illness or injury that affects your ability to work, contact an experienced Manhattan Social Security disability lawyer who will offer you support and guidance through the claims process so that you receive the benefits that you sorely need.

Common disability claim illnesses or injuries

Social Security disability claims can be base on injuries as well as illnesses. Disorders that commonly lead to disability claims include:

  • Cardiovascular problems, such as high blood pressure, blood clots and heart failure.
  • Digestive problems such as Crohn's disease
  • Hematological disorders such as sickle cell disease and chronic anemia
  • Cancer
  • Mental disorders such as PTSD, anxiety and schizophrenia
  • Musculoskeletal system disorders such as herniated discs, amputations, disorders involving joints, and spinal disorders
  • Neurological problems such as epilepsy, cerebral palsy,

In order for someone to qualify for Social Security disability benefits, the person must have more than a diagnosis of one of the qualifying impairments. The impairment must prevent the person from working. In some cases a person with a disorder will be able to work with reasonable accommodations.

Eligibility requirements

In order to quality for Social Security disability benefits, you must meet several specific requirements. The Social Security Administrations wants to make sure that you are so impaired that you are not able to work at all:

  • You must have one of the impairments that is included in the Social Security Administration's list of impairments.
  • Your impairment must be so serious that not only are you unable to work at your current job, you are not able to work at any of your previous jobs.
  • Your impairment must prevent you from working at any other job based on your age, experience and education.
  • Your disability cannot be short term. It must be expected to last for 12 months or more.

Approval is not easy. The vast majority of initial applications for Social Security disability benefits are rejected for a variety of reasons. For example, some are denied because they failed to include proper medical evidence. Others are denied because the applicant failed to follow through with treatment plan prescribed by a doctor. Still others are turned down because of a failure to cooperate with the Social Security Administration fact-finding efforts. If an application is denied, there is an appeals process.

The Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates can help

If you are injured in an accident or suffer from a debilitating illness, you may be eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits. Because applying for such benefits can be complicated and frustrating, it is important that you are represented by someone with experience. The staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates understands the type of evidence and medical records that the SSA requires to prove the existence of a disability. We will assist you in completing the necessary forms, keep you up to date on the status of your application, and handle the appeals process, if necessary. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.

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My husband was driving his car home one evening and was struck from behind by a very expensive car. The driver that struck him was very arrogant aloof and could care less about what it happened in the accident and try to play my husband. The worst part was my husband was genuinely hurt and was in pain. Stephen Bilkis and associates got us justice. Not only did he win our case and Got us a great Financial victory. But we got the satisfaction of knowing that the jerk that hit us loss. So glad we had this to Bilkis to put him in his place. E.G.