New Haven Social Security Disability (SSD) Lawyers
Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits
If you suffered an injury that is expected to keep you out of work for at least 12 months, you could be eligible to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) Insurance benefits. SSD is a payroll tax funded, federal insurance program managed by the Social Security Administration (SSA).
While many people are often eligible for SSD benefits, obtaining the benefits often proves to be far more complicated than most people anticipate. Your case may involve a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ), and failure to adequately prepare for such hearings almost always results in claims being denied.
The New Haven SSD attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help you prepare a persuasive claim. Our firm can assist you at hearings and help you obtain all of the benefits you need and deserve. You do not have to frustrate yourself with the repeated problems in dealing with the SSA. Let our attorneys review your case and answer all of your legal questions after you call 1-800-PERKINS or (203) 397-1283 if you live outside Connecticut to schedule a free consultation.
Do I Need A SSD Lawyer?
To obtain SSD benefits, you are going to need to prove to the SSA that you satisfy its definition of being disabled. Many people struggle to provide adequate evidence of their disabilities.
An attorney is going to know precisely which medical records to seek and use on presenting your case. Your lawyer can also make sure that all of your information is up to date and for any hearing.
An SSD hearing is perhaps the most valuable time to have an attorney, as they can usually prepare you for the line of questioning you are likely to receive. Your lawyer will also know which medical experts to consult for help with certain types of injuries.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers helps clients all over the greater New Haven area obtain SSD benefits. We will work with you to finally get the compensation you are owed.
Why Choose Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers To Handle My Case?
Jonathan Perkins has more than 30 years of legal experience and has been named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100. The attorneys of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers have more than 140 years of combined legal experience.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers received the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents Litigator Award in 2015. Our firm has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for clients.
Mr. Perkins is admitted to state courts in Connecticut and New York as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. He is a member of multiple prestigious legal organizations, including the Connecticut Bar Association, New Haven County Bar Association, and American Bar Association.
Our attorneys will visit you in your home or hospital room if you cannot our office for any reason. Call 1-800-PERKINS or (203) 397-1283 if you live outside Connecticut to receive a no cost, no obligation consultation.
Types of SSD Cases We Handle
To qualify for SSD benefits, an applicant needs to have worked in jobs covered by Social Security and have a medical condition that meets Social Security’s definition of disability. The SSA will consider you disabled under Social Security rules if:
- You cannot perform work that you did before;
- We decide that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
- Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.
Social Security pays only for total disability, as no benefits are paid for partial disability or short-term disability. A person who is working and averages more than $1,180 a month will generally not be considered disabled. A person will not be considered disabled if they can perform any “substantial gainful activity.”
In addition to satisfying the definition of disability, a person must have worked long enough and recently enough under Social Security to qualify for disability benefits. Total yearly wages or self-employment income determine Social Security work credits.
A person can earn up to four credits each year, and the amount needed for a work credit changes every year. The number of work credits needed to qualify for disability benefits depends on a person’s age when they become disabled, although most applicants are required to have 40 credits, 20 of which were earned in the last ten years.
Keep in mind that SSD benefits involve a five-month waiting period, so you will not begin receiving benefits for the first five months even if you are immediately approved.
The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) reported that as of March 2018, the average wait time for an SSI or SSD hearing in New Haven is 14.0 months, and the average case processing time is 484 days. This is less than the national average, which ODAR reported was 17.3 months for a hearing and 577 days average processing time.
The 17 percent of cases dismissed and 39 percent of cases denied in New Haven are both less than the statewide averages of 19 percent cases dismissed and 42 percent of cases denied. New Haven also has 43 percent of these cases approved compared to an average of 40 percent for the state in general.
According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), there were 10,153,205 people receiving Social Security disability benefits as disabled workers, disabled widows or widowers, or disabled adult children in December 2016. A majority of these individuals (86.8 percent) were disabled workers.
Contact a New Haven SSD Attorney Today
Do you need help filing an SSD claim in Connecticut? Contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers to get the qualified, experienced assistance that you need. Our New Haven attorneys assist clients with various legal matters after they have been injured, including applications for SSD benefits. Call 1-800-PERKINS or (203) 397-1283 if you live outside Connecticut, or contact us online to have our lawyers provide a complete evaluation of your case during a free consultation.