Social Security Myths
Don’t allow these common misconceptions to stand in the way of getting the social security disability benefits you and your loved ones deserve.
- Applicants cannot be working to qualify for benefits.
Many people think that you’re not allowed to work at all while applying for Social Security Disability benefits. This isn’t necessarily true. You may be able to file for disability benefits if you are still working, but only if your monthly gross earned income is below a certain dollar amount. You can earn up to a maximum amount and still be eligible for SSD.
If you have stopped working, you should not hesitate to file for disability. The longer you wait, the more you may have to deplete your savings while you go through the Social Security Disability process.
- All social security disability benefit claims are denied initially. The only way to receive benefits is via a drawn-out appeals process.
While the Social Security Administration denies many (if not most) of the claims submitted, it is still possible to win your case the first time you apply. The best way to achieve success the first time is to know what you’re doing or to work with an attorney who does – don’t trust your claim to anyone without a law degree. At the Law office of Daniel Berger, all social security disability claims are handled at hearings by attorneys in good standing.
- Certain injuries or diseases automatically qualify you for disability benefits.
If this was true, people with these disabilities wouldn’t have to worry about dealing with governmental bureaucracy. Regardless of the condition you face, the information provided by your healthcare provider is what the SSA uses to approve you for Social Security Disability benefits. This information must be complete and thorough in order for you to get the benefits you depend on. Let us assist you as you prepare your claim documentation. For example if someone has cancer- they need specific documentation of how exactly it was diagnosed and the precise type of cancer. Usually, you must also show how your disease or injury affects your ability to work.
- Young(er) people can’t win their disability cases.
Many people in their twenties and thirties wrongly believe that it’s impossible to win a SSD or SSI claim. This is simply not true. If you have a work history, and if you have a disability that will prevent you from working for a year or more, you may be eligible for benefits — regardless of your age.
- Daniel Berger doesn’t have an office in my area, so they cannot represent me in my claim.
Our attorneys handle cases nationwide. We can help you file your SSD claim no matter where you live. We have represented claimant’s at hearings in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, Arkansas, Florida and Puerto Rico
What to do if you are denied Social Security Disability Benefits
We will help you appeal the Social Security Administration’s decision on your claim.
If you are denied Social Security Disability benefits, you will receive a letter in the mail informing you of this decision. In that letter is information on how to request a hearing for an appeal. You should request that hearing immediately. Our office can file that request for you.
We will review the information you sent to the SSA originally and help you gather further evidence of your disability to prove your case. The federal guidelines for qualifying for SSD are fairly strict. We know what those guidelines are and what the reviewers are looking for in a correctly prepared application. We will work with you to present a full picture of your current life to the review board.
An attorney from our office will attend the hearing with you as your representative. We will also prepare you for the hearing so that you understand the procedure and what will be asked of you. We will work with any witnesses you request to accompany you to prove your case, helping them understand what is required of them and what they will be asked.
Having a skilled lawyer by your side at an appeal can make the difference between receiving benefits and being denied.
Contact us at (718)-588-4715 or complete the ‘contact us’ form on this site for more information about SSD or SSI appeals representation. Our staff speaks English and Spanish.
We are attorneys that help people with rejected SSD & SSI claims. We appear most frequently in the five boroughs of New York City: Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island. We also represent many people in the greater New York Metropolitan area including Long Island and New Jersey and Yonkers.
We have a long-standing tradition of helping people receive the benefits they need, so they can heal fully or have the best quality of life possible.
When you work with us, you are treated as an individual with your own questions, problems and concerns. We recognize your situation is unique and needs to be handled as such. Our personalized service shows our commitment to helping people.
If you have been denied social security disability benefits call our New York based attorneys today or contact us online to schedule your free consultation. We take all cases on contingency, meaning we do not collect a fee unless you win your case.
Social Security Disability & SSI benefits are available for the following diseases and injuries:
- Spinal disorders, including herniated cervical or lumbar discs, spinal stenosis, arthritis, osteoporosis, compression fractures
- Depression, anxiety disorder, bi-polar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), ADHD, ADD, schizophrenia, mood disorders and personality disorders.
- Cancer (breast, bone, lung, abdominal, liver, pancreatic, testicle, ovarian, colon, skin, mouth, prostate, kidney)
- Diabetes, obesity, neuropathy, retinopathy, thyroid diseases, peripheral vascular disease, high blood pressure
- Headaches (debilitating)
- Heart attacks, ischemic heart disease, angina, bypass surgery, congestive heart failure, enlarged heart, aneurysm, valve disease, heart transplant
- Stroke, seizure disorder (epilepsy), Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, myasthenia gravis, brain tumor, ALS, Alzheimer’s
- Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), HIV, AIDS
- Amputations, multiple fractures requiring surgery, reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), chronic regional pain disorder (CRPS)
- Decreased vision or hearing, vertigo, tinnitus, stuttering
- Asthma, emphysema, asbestosis, sleep apnea, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, hepatitis, ascites, colitis, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, pancreatitis
- Kidney disease, anemia, leukemia, polycythemia, lymphoma, myeloma, sickle cell anemia
- Scleroderma, burns, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, melanoma
- It is not available if a person’s problems stem primarily from substance abuse or alcoholism.