With recent updates regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we would like to send our thoughts, prayers and well wishes to those who have already been affected. As we eagerly wait for this pandemic to pass, we also hope that everyone is safe, strong and healthy at this time.
Please note that during this period, we will remain open and should you need to reach out to us for help with a case, we will be available via the following channels:
Social Media: Facebook – NYDisability; Law Office of Daniel Berger
Twitter – @DanielBergerLaw
Email: [email protected]
We cannot thank our dedicated associates and management staff enough for working tirelessly for over 20 years to help our firm serve you. Their dedication not only to the firm but also to our clients is commendable. We are confident that our staff will fine-tune how we’ll work through the coming weeks and update you accordingly.
Thank you for your loyalty, support and patience during these challenging times. We assure you that we are committed to working through this period as best as we possibly can. We hope that together, we can get through it safely and quickly.
Stay safe and healthy,
The Law Office of Daniel Berger
How can I stay up to date with the Law Firm during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Please continue to check this page for more updates. You may also follow us on Facebook and Twitter:https://www.facebook.com/attorneydanielberger/ https://twitter.com/DanielBergerLaw
Will you still be accepting new cases during this period?
Yes. Kindly reach out to us at 718-588-4715 or send us an email at [email protected] if you are a new client looking to open a case.
What documents do I need to file a claim?
It is helpful for you to have all information regarding employment, past and current medical treatment, as well as financial documents (bank statements, retirement accounts, etc). Finally simply be prepared to answer any questions relating to your health, daily activities, and your conditions.
I’m an existing client. What will happen to my case during this time?
DON’T WORRY! Nothing has changed with your case. Our office is still operating, as usual, and our staff has put measures in place to make sure our staff and clients are safe, following all local and national instructions from health experts. We will be holding phone appointments instead of in office appointments, but your case is still progressing. Most of the SSA employees are working from home, and work continues.
Will my case still be reviewed during this time?
Yes! Local state agencies, as well as federal workers for SSA are working from home or in small numbers in office. Processing of cases will continue.
What do I do if I have a scheduled hearing?
Hearings are continuing, but for now they are being held by telephone. You will have an option to request an in person hearing, but there may be a very long wait until an in person hearing is re scheduled. Fortunately we can hold hearings by phone to keep everyone safe. If you have a hearing scheduled, please call the office to discuss our options; however, do not worry, your case will still move forward.
Will I still be able to receive benefits during this period?
Yes. According to the Social Security Administration, you will continue to receive your disability benefits.
Will SSA extend deadlines to provide documentation and other necessary information?
Yes. According to the SSA, due to the pandemic, SSA will be a bit more lenient on deadlines and understanding, wherever possible; however, to be safe, it is very important that you continue to communicate with our office and that we meet standard 60 day deadlines for appeal submissions, as well as respond timely to SSA requests. Our office will continue to meet deadlines and we simply need you to keep in touch with us as usual! However, if there is a missed deadline as a result of the virus SSA will likely be understanding. For more details, You can visit https://www.ssa.gov/coronavirus/
Where can I get reliable information on the Coronavirus?
There is a lot of information out there right now, and not everything is accurate. Please be sure to keep an eye on government websites for reliable up to date information.https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-main.page
How can I avoid scams during the Coronavirus?
Unfortunately there have been many scams going on as a result of the virus. If you receive calls or emails, please be discerning. Feel free to call our office if you are confused.https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/coronavirus-scams-what-ftc-doing https://oig.ssa.gov/newsroom/news-releases/march20-advisory