Bross & Frankel, P.A. was founded by a former Social Security benefit authorizer with a simple premise in mind: to give our clients an edge in fighting for the Social Security benefits they need by combining the skills of a trial attorney with the knowledge of a disability advocate. If you need help with your Social Security Disability (SSD/SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim, contact the experienced disability benefits lawyers at Bross & Frankel to receive prompt, personal attention with your application or denial appeal.
Am I Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits?
In order to be eligible for Social Security disability benefits you either have to have stopped working, or reduced your work activity below what Social Security calls “substantial gainful activity.” Your gross earnings, before taxes are taken out, have to be less than $1,170 per month for 2017. There are very few exceptions to this rule.
To be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, you must be able to show that:
- You suffered a serious personal injury or illness on a list of recognized impairments
- You are not able to work as a direct result of your personal injury or illness
- Your injury or illness is expected to last at least 12 months or result in death
- You are not able to perform past relevant work or other types of work as a direct result of your injury or illness
Contrary to what many people have heard, you do not have to wait for 12 months to apply for Social Security Disability. You can apply for benefits the moment you become unable to work. The rule is designed to screen out short-term disabilities like broken bones, and similar injuries that are expected to improve in less than a year.
If you are not sure whether your impairments qualify for SSD benefits, call our office for a no-cost evaluation.
Filing a Claim for SSD or SSI Benefits
Filing your SSD or SSI claim can be a challenging and time-consuming process. Speaking with a knowledgeable Social Security benefits lawyer before starting your application can make all the difference.
First you need to decide how you want to apply. You can file a claim online, over the phone, or at a local Social Security office.
There is some information you should have ready when you apply:
- Social Security number
- Birth certificate
- Records of your work history (Social Security focuses on your last 15 years of work)
- Information on any recent earnings (if possible, your most recent W-2 form)
- Contact information for doctors, therapists, and any hospitals where you have been treated
- Information on the medications you take
If you are unsure whether to file an application for SSD or SSI benefits, speak with one of our experienced Social Security lawyers. We’ve helped thousands of clients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania apply for SSD and SSI benefits over the years. Give us a call at 856-795-8880.
Appealing a Denied SSD or SSI Claim
Most initial applications for Social Security disability benefits are denied. An experienced disability benefits lawyer can review your claim, and identify those errors that lead to the denial. Sometimes there is critical evidence missing, or a well-meaning but unhelpful medical opinion. Other times, Social Security may determine that earnings on your record constitute work activity, and deny your claim without even evaluating your medical conditions.
Bross & Frankel has appealed these issues countless times and successfully reversed improperly denied Social Security benefits. If your claim has been denied, contact us as soon as possible to get your SSD or SSI benefits approved.