Social Security Disability Insurance

Experienced Social Security Disability Insurance Attorney

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a federal income-generating program that is available to workers with a qualifying number of work credits. SSDI payments are for severe impairments that are expected to last 12 months or more or result in death. How much you receive each month depends upon your average lifetime earning prior to the disability, not on how severe your disability is or how much income or savings you already have.

Every claim is unique, because the Social Security Administration (SSA) considers your age, education, past 15 years of work experience, and the limitations caused by your impairments.

After an SSA field office establishes that you have enough quarters of coverage, it forwards the application on to Disability Determination Services (DDS), which uses the five-step sequential evaluation process to determine whether claimants are disabled:

  1. Is the individual working and earning substantial gainful activity?
  2. Does the claimant have a severe mental or physical impairment?
  3. Does the claimant have any impairment(s) that meet or equal any of the listed impairments?
  4. Can the claimant perform his or her past relevant work?
  5. Can the claimant perform any other work in the national economy?

Disability benefits are also available for disabled adult children who become disabled before age 22, whose parent is retired, diseased, or disabled, and is receiving Social Security benefits. If you are over age 50 and your spouse has passed away within the past seven years, you can claim disability under your spouse’s work history as well.

There is a five-month waiting period after you become disabled before you are eligible to receive SSDI benefits. It runs from the onset date of the disability, and not when you apply. The SSA will pay benefits retroactively as far as one year before your application date. After you receive SSDI benefits for two years, you become eligible for Medicare.

It can be a difficult, discouraging process — but we are here to help

Douglas M. Greene, Esq has more than a decade of experience practicing Social Security Disability law and worked for the Social Security Administration directly with administrative law judges. He will personally represent you during all stages of the SSDI application and approval process.

As lead attorney for SSDI Lawyers of New Jersey, Mr. Greene will help you determine whether you even should apply for disability benefits. If so, he will help you fill out the initial application and all of the various forms that come afterward,  including function reports and work history reports. The way these forms are completed can make a big difference in whether a claim is approved within a few months or might even drag on for a few years. He will work hard to get your case approved at the earliest stage possible by developing expert medical and opinion evidence to support your claim.

Mr. Greene also can help rejected applicants who come to our office appeal at reconsideration, winning cases at that stage despite the low approval rates at reconsideration. He has argued before administrative law judges hundreds of times and understands how to get a client’s story across effectively.

Mr. Greene has successfully won both remands and reversals from the Appeals Council after an unfavorable administrative law judge decision.

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Frequently asked questions for SSDI

Can I receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and SSDI payments together?

Yes, under certain circumstances. These combined payments are commonly referred to as “concurrent benefits.” You can learn more about SSI here.

Can I collect SSDI benefits if I am receiving Social Security retirement benefits?

If you are over age 62, you can apply for and/or receive both benefits at the same time. You can also receive your retirement benefits while you are appealing the determination of whether or not you are disabled. If you are eventually approved for disability benefits, you will receive the difference between your disability amount and retirement amount.

Can I collect SSDI benefits if I am receiving workers' comp benefits?

Yes, but the Social Security Administration might adjust your SSDI payment based upon how much you are receiving from workers’ compensation, or vice-versa if you reside in a reverse-offset state (NJ reduces your workers’ comp if you are 100% disabled).

Can I receive SSDI benefits if I am receiving Long Term Disability benefits?

There is a link between the two, regarding how much you would receive from each entity. Long Term Disability (LTD) plans can behave similarly to pensions or annuities, and generally come from privately- or employer-based insurance coverage. If you receive LTD benefits, your provider will very likely require you to apply for SSDI — because the amount of SSDI benefits you receive can reduce or offset dollar-for-dollar your LTD benefit. Ultimately, much depends upon your particular contract with your specific LTD provider.

Can I receive SSDI benefits if I am receiving a military retirement or VA disability benefit?

There are different criteria for each program, so a determination of disability under one program does not automatically mean you will be considered disabled under the other. But you well might be able to receive benefits from both the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) concurrently. Just understand that veterans who receive 100% disability benefits from the VA, while eligible for faster processing with the SSA, can still be rejected by the SSA. In other cases, however, the SSA might see your qualifying for a VA benefit as beneficial, because it demonstrates that another government program has ruled in your favor. Because this all involves multiple government offices, your best option is to engage our legal counsel before proceeding with your application(s)—we can help you with both the faster processing and the general benefits appeal(s).

Can I collect SSDI benefits if I am receiving financial help from family or friends?

There are different criteria for each program, so a determination of disability under one program does not automatically mean you will be considered disabled under the other. But you well might be able to receive benefits from both the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) concurrently. Just understand that veterans who receive 100% disability benefits from the VA, while eligible for faster processing with the SSA, can still be rejected by the SSA. In other cases, however, the SSA might see your qualifying for a VA benefit as beneficial, because it demonstrates that another government program has ruled in your favor. Because this all involves multiple government offices, your best option is to engage our legal counsel before proceeding with your application(s)—we can help you with both the faster processing and the general benefits appeal(s).

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