Am I Eligible For Social Security Disability?

Am I eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits? This is an important question asked by many people who cannot work due to physical or mental impairments. If you have applied for SSD benefits and have been denied, or if you are thinking about filing for benefits, a lawyer can be very helpful in making the most persuasive possible case. At Rothenberg, Rubenstein, Berliner & Shinrod, LLC, our attorneys are devoted to representing people in Essex County and the surrounding areas of New Jersey in SSD claims.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) will look at the following to determine if you are eligible for these benefits:

  • Your work history: SSD benefits are only available for applicants who have enough work credits. A person can earn up to four credits in a year, and must earn 40 credits over his or her working life, with 20 credits in the 10 years prior to the disability. There are exceptions to this rule for younger workers.
  • Your disability: The SSA recognizes that a serious physical or mental impairment can keep you from working. In order to become eligible for SSD benefits, however, you must prove three things. You must show (1) that your condition prevents you from doing work that you have done in the past, (2) that your condition prevents you from doing other work and (3) that your condition has lasted or will likely last for one year or more.

Don't Lose Hope When Applying For Benefits

The SSA denies the majority of initial applications for SSD benefits. In many cases, these denials stem from the fact that the applicant did not provide sufficient evidence of his or her disability or work history. At Rothenberg, Rubenstein, Berliner & Shinrod, our lawyers handle SSD claims at any stage of the case, from initial applications to appeals. We know that the sooner you get the benefits you need, the better off you will be.

Contact Rothenberg, Rubenstein, Berliner & Shinrod

Call us today at 973-535-3388 or complete our contact form to schedule a free initial consultation. We accept all disability cases on a no-recovery, no-fee basis.