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Social Security Disability (SSDI) Lawyer

Many individuals enjoy earning a living and rarely think about the possibility of becoming disabled, but an illness or an accident can strike at any time. A person who is unable to work because of a severe physical or mental impairment may be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) in Nassau County. That's the good news. The bad news is that submitting an application for benefits is very complicated, approvals can take months, if not longer, and claims are often denied.

If you have suffered an illness or injury and cannot work, the Nassau County social security disability law office of Mary Ellen O'Connor can steer you through the claims process and help you secure disability benefits.

Who is eligible for SSDI?

In order to be eligible for SSDI, an individual must be younger than 65, have worked for a certain period of time and be considered disabled. The Social Security Administration (SSA) defines disabled as not being able to engage in any substantial gainful activity because of a medical or physical impairment that will last for at least 12 months or result in death.

How much can you receive in Social Security Disability benefits?

If you are eligible for SSDI benefits in Nassau County, the amount you receive each month will be based on your average lifetime earnings before your disability began. It is not based on the severity of your impairment or how much income you currently have. If you are receiving disability payments from other sources, your payment may be reduced.

The SSDI Application Process

In order to obtain benefits, an application must be filed with the SSA. A complete one includes:

  • Personal Information - name, date of birth, marital status, work history, Social Security Number
  • Medical Information - specific information about the impairment, names of doctors, details of prescriptions, diagnosis, prognosis, treatments, hospital records
  • Financial Information - bank accounts, earnings statements, assets
  • Documents - proof of citizenship, pay stubs, tax documents

SSDI Denial Lawyer Serving Nassau County

Many are denied because individuals failed to submit all the required information. By having a Nassau County Social Security Disability lawyer help you with the application at the outset, your chances of obtaining assistance will greatly improve.

Claims are also denied for a variety of other reasons, including a determination by the SSA that the impairment is not a disability. If your application has been denied, an attorney can help you file an appeal, which involves a hearing and possibly a lawsuit in federal court.

Mary Ellen O'Connor has a thorough understanding of SSA regulations, expertise in filing SSDI claims applications, and extensive experience advocating for clients at claims hearings in and around Nassau County. While you heal, she can relieve you of the burden of shepherding the application through the SSA and vigorously fight for your benefits if your claim is denied. If you need help filing a disability claim, or you have been denied, call the Nassau County Workers’ Compensation law firm of Mary Ellen O'Connor today.



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