Social Security Disability

Some injuries, illnesses or disabilities can render a person unable to work and make a living. In these difficult circumstances, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can replace lost wages. Social Security Disability Insurance is for people who have worked and paid into the Social Security system throughout their lives. People who have limited or no work history may qualify for benefits under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. If you or a loved one has applied for benefits and been denied, our attorneys can help you appeal.

Help For Physical And Mental Disabilities

Social Security Disability Insurance benefits cover individuals with a range of disabilities that prevent them from working. This includes both physical and mental disorders, injuries and illnesses, including:

  • Back and neck injuries
  • Heart failure
  • Vision or hearing failure
  • Amputations
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Getting approval for SSDI or SSI benefits can be a lengthy and detailed process that involves significant medical documentation. Our attorneys at Lee Durham, LLC, can help you through the process to ensure that you have the best possible chance at being approved.

Children's Cases

Children are also eligible for disability benefits under the SSI program. The process for children applying for SSI is different than that for adults, however. Children can qualify for benefits if they are found to have a disability. Children whose conditions are not as straightforward can still qualify for benefits as long as they have significant challenges achieving an age-appropriate status in two of the following areas:

  1. Acquiring and using information
  2. Attending and completing tasks
  3. Interacting and relating with others
  4. Moving about and manipulating objects
  5. Self-care
  6. Health and physical well-being

Our firm can evaluate your child's condition to determine if he or she might be eligible for SSI benefits.

Cessation Cases

If you are receiving disability benefits, Social Security will periodically review your case to determine if you still qualify as disabled. The timeframe for review varies depending on whether your condition is expected to improve:

  • Six to 18 months after you first become disabled for your first review if you are expected to improve
  • Approximately every three years if recovery is possible but uncertain
  • Approximately every seven years if recovery is unlikely

If Social Security concludes that you are no longer disabled according to their definitions, you will be able to appeal this decision. The lawyers at Lee Durham, LLC, can help you through this process, doing everything in their power to ensure that you retain access to your disability benefits.

Questions? Contact The Firm.

Navigating the SSDI/SSI systems can be overwhelming. Our lawyers at Lee Durham, LLC, can help put the process in perspective and position you for a favorable result. To schedule a free initial consultation at the office in Albany, call 229-431-3036 or email us.