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Social Security Disability FAQs


Workers’ compensation is a temporary status. It is there to help you get back your ability to work again, or help you cover the shortfall if you cannot return to the same level of work. However, if your injury is debilitating and it keeps you from returning to work for an extended period of time, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits.

At Bangel, Cohen & Falconetti, LLP, our team of attorneys has fielded many questions about disability benefits from our clients in New York since 1997. Before you make the decision to contact us for a free consultation, read our answers to some of the most asked questions we get.

Do I Qualify For Social Security Disability?

There is no specific type of disability that is or is not eligible for benefits. That is because having a specific list is too restrictive, and people become disabled in a variety of ways. Instead, there is a definition of disability that applicants must meet.

How Does Social Security Define Disability?

The definition of disability is “the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.” This definition is broad and allows for many types of ailments to be considered disabling.

How Much Is Social Security Disability?

There is a complicated calculation that determines how much each individual is entitled to under Social Security. It is based on your income and how much you have paid into Social Security, as well as other important factors.

How Long Does It Take To Receive Benefits?

The basic fact is that you must be facing a significant time disabled to be eligible. The exact date you begin receiving benefits will be different for everyone. Our lawyers have the experience to make a reasonable estimate in your free consultation.

Do I Need An Attorney?

Having an attorney when applying for Social Security Disability benefits will help decrease the stress, and increase your chances of a successful claim. There is no risk in contacting us because you do not have to pay us unless we achieve results for you. Contact us today at our Queens office by calling 718-446-4400, or use our online form.

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