Applying For SSD Benefits
Applying For SSD Benefits can be a confusing and time consuming task. Although you can file on your own by requesting the forms from your local Social Security office or filing online, at Hermann Law Group we will work with you to complete the initial application forms, and we will file the claim for you. There is no additional fee for this service, and we prefer to be involved in a claim from the very beginning, so that we can make sure that all of the necessary, relevant information is included before your claim is filed
Our many years of experience have showed us that when a claimant files his or her own application, often crucial information is left out of the claim. Sometimes, relevant medical problems are never entered into the application. In addition, the claimant is often unaware if his or her treating sources have not responded to the Social Security Administration’s requests for records, leaving the claim incomplete.
Hermann Law Group is one of the only firms in the New York Metropolitan area that files claims electronically. Whether you file yourself, with a Social Security representative, by phone, or at a local Social Security office, when a claim is filed manually, it is held in the Social Security office until an agency representative is able to convert it into an electronic file. By filing your claim electronically for you, we ensure that your claim will be developed and decided more quickly. In rare circumstances where manual filing can lead to an expedited determination, we file manually for you, and request an expedited determination of your claim
In order to be eligible for New York Social Security Disability Benefits or New Jersey Social Security Disability Benefits, your disability must prevent you from engaging in “substantial gainful activity,” and be expected to last 12 months or more. This means more than just showing that you cannot do your regular work. Social Security takes your age, education and past relevant work (performed in the last 15 years) into consideration when deciding if your conditions prevent substantial gainful activity.
A qualifying disability can be from any source or from any combination of problems, physical or mental. Many people make the mistake of not telling Social Security about all of their medical problems, especially those that had not stopped them from working. At Hermann Law Group, we will make sure that all of your medical conditions are fully documented, increasing your likelihood of a successful application and the best possible outcome for your claim.
When to File
File as soon as possible.
Although your disability must be expected to last for at least 12 months, you need not wait for 12 months before applying. In fact, we urge our clients to apply as soon as possible, if they meet the eligibility requirements. Because it usually takes four to six months from the date of application to receive an initial decision, and because Social Security will only pay you going back a year from when you apply no matter how long you have been disabled, it is wise to apply sooner rather than later.
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