Understanding Disability Benefit Programs
If you have become disabled, you may be confused about what programs are out there and which ones you may qualify for. Our experienced disability benefits lawyers at The Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller can help you sort out your options.
We help clients in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, and throughout western, central and upstate New York pursue the benefits they deserve. Contact us for a free consultation to discuss whether you are eligible for any of the following:
- Social Security disability (SSD) insurance benefits: These benefits are available to people who have paid enough FICA taxes into the system, and have since become disabled from working.
- SSD when you are 50 or older: SSD is available to everyone who meets the eligibility requirements regardless of age, but certain criteria for proving inability to work are relaxed for older applicants.
- SSD widows and widowers benefits: If your spouse was eligible for SSD and has died, you may be entitled to disability benefits on his or her record if you have become disabled within seven years of the date of death.
- SSD adult child benefits: Children of people who are eligible for SSD, deceased or retired may be entitled to benefits if they became disabled before the age of 22.
- SSD benefits for dependents: If your SSD claim is successful, you may be entitled to an additional monthly amount to help you care for your minor children or certain other dependents.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI): If you are not eligible for SSD on your own or a family member's work record, you may be eligible for SSI. These benefits are available to disabled adults who can demonstrate financial need.
- SSI benefits for children: The SSI program is different for children than it is for adults. Children can get SSI if they have disabilities that seriously impact their ability to function, and if they meet financial eligibility requirements.
- Veterans disability benefits: Veterans who have honorable or general discharges with a service-related disbility may be eligible for benefits provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
- Long-term disability plans: In addition to federal government benefits, many people have employer-sponsored or privately purchased disability insurance. We help clients apply for long-term disability benefits and appeal denied claims.
Disability benefits may be available from certain other sources, such as workers' compensation or the New York State Retirement System. Our attorneys can help you identify all possible sources of benefits. Contact us to learn more.