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Social Security Disability (SSDI)



Question: Am I eligible for Social Security Disability?

Answer: In order to get Social Security Disability you must be unable to do your normal work, or other work you might be able to do, for one year or more.  If your disability is likely to last for at least a year, you may apply for Social Security Disability.  Social Security Disability is available for disabilities from all causes, including injuries, and illnesses. Our attorney’s can assist you in filing a claim and moving it through the system. 

Question: What is the difference between Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

Answer: The same disability standard applies to Social Security Disability Benefits and SSI, however the benefits are different. Social Security Disability is insurance.  To be qualify for Social Security Disability benefits you must have worked long enough and paid enough Social Security taxes to be "insured". Generally this means that you have worked at least five out of the last ten years. If you become disabled within your period of insured status, you will be able to collect benefits. Insured status only lasts for a limited time after you stop working, so it is important to consider appealing a denied claim rather than filing a new claim later. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are available to people who have not achieved an “insured” status but have limited financial resources.

Question: How much will it cost to hire you to represent me in my Social Security Disability claim?

Answer: In most cases, you will not have to pay an attorney fees unless you receive benefits on your claim, so there are rarely any up-front fees. If your case is successful and you receive payment a fee will most likely be deducted by Social Security from your past due payments and will be paid to us directly.

Question: Why do I need an attorney?

Answer: Because obtaining Social Security Disability benefits is a complex and difficult process. We will aggressively pursue your claim, contact your health care providers and collect your medical records.  We will obtain specific opinions from your doctor allowing the Social Security Administration to easily understand the extent of your disability.  Having developed a theory of the case tailored to your situation, we will submit a legal brief on your behalf, attend your hearing with you, and argue on your behalf.  If necessary, we will consider your case for an appeal.  Every step along the way we will keep you informed and work with you to accomplish your goals. 

All Workers' Compensation, Social Security Disability, and Personal Injury consultations are free. 

Law Offices of William H. Chellis
27 Maple Avenue
P.O. Box 624

Jeffersonville, New York 12748
(845) 482-3405
(845) 482-4084 (fax)
whchellis@chellislaw.com
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