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Common Questions Regarding Social Security Disability

In order to receive Social Security Disability benefits (SSD), there are strict requirements that you must meet. Many people have a hard time understanding the specifics of their situation and aren’t sure what to do. For over 20 years, Miller & Caggiano, LLP, has helped clients throughout New York. We are here to answer your questions and address all of your concerns. Below is a list of frequently asked questions.

What are some basic qualifications one must meet in order to receive Social Security Disability benefits?

First of all, you must have worked long enough to contribute to the system. This is usually around 10 years. Then, you must suffer from one of the medical conditions that they consider a disability. They define a disability in a few ways. You must be unable to perform your most recent role. It also has to be impossible for your position to be modified. Lastly, your disability must be expected to last at least a year.

Can I work while receiving benefits?

Yes. There are special rules put into place in order to help people pay their bills while still receiving Social Security. There may be a trial period in order to test whether or not you can safely work.

How long does it take for them to make a decision?

Every case is different and it depends on a few things. The nature of your disability, how quickly medical evidence can be gathered and examining the quality of your claim are all important factors. Our goal is to make the process as efficient as possible.

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

Social Security benefits are paid to workers who have worked long enough to pay into the Social Security system, and are paid based on earnings. SSI payments are based on need to those who have not worked long enough to be eligible for SSD.

Discuss Your Questions With Us

After reading through these questions, it is important that you schedule a free consultation with us to discuss your situation by calling 631-821-7700. We have offices in Carle Place and Bohemia and serve clients throughout Suffolk County and Nassau County.