No one expects to suffer a disabling injury or health condition. Nonetheless, numerous residents in New York and other states across the nation suffer from disabilities. While some incidents cause an individual to suffer a short-term disability, others suffer long-term or permanent disabilities. No matter the severity of the condition or injury, if an individual is unable to work in the long term because of a disability, it is important to explore his or her rights and options.How does one qualify for Social Security disability benefits, or SSDI? If the first requirement is met, which is having worked long enough in a job covered by Social Security, then the applicant must then take steps to prove that he or she has a medical condition or disabling injury that meets the SSA's definition of disability. If medical records prove this and an application is approved then the applicant could receive cash benefits if it is determined that they will be unable to work for a year or more because of his or her disability.The benefits awarded will usually continue until the recipient is able to work again on a regular basis. It is important to note that there are special rules regarding those seeking to transition back to work. Work incentives will be paid for those seeking to return to work but still require the benefits to meet their health care and basic living needs. Finally, if a recipient is receiving SSD benefits when they reach full retirement age, his or her disability benefits will automatically convert to retirement benefits; however, the amount will remain the same.Receiving disability benefits can be very imperative for many individuals living with disabilities. Thus, it is important to understand the process, what qualifies them, and what can be done if he or she is denied, benefits stop or they require additional financial assistance.Source: Ssa.gov, "Disability Planner: How You Qualify," accessed April 30, 2017
Terry Katz, Esq.
Terry Katz, Esq., the founding Member of the firm, handles all aspects of Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability cases.
Hiring Terry Katz and associates to represent my interests in my Workers Compensation and Social Security Disability case proved to be a smart decision that yielded an extremely successful outcome.
Through the lengthy and intricate process I came to realize just how valuable having a team of highly skilled representation was, and that is just how to describe the law firm of Terry Katz and Associates “Highly skilled legal representation”. I’d like to thank the entire team who worked on both my cases all of whom were always professional, knowledgeable and extremely caring. Throughout my entire case all of my calls and emails were always returned in a timely manner. My questions always answered competently and professionally. I always understood the process and felt a confidence in the process that I would not have had if not for hiring Terry Katz and Associates.
Mostly I’d like to thank Ms. Langdale who worked tirelessly on both my workers compensation case and my social security disability case. Her representation and legal prowess in the court room was nothing short of impressive to witness. I will never forget how confidently represented and protected I felt during her opening remarks at my social security disability hearing.
During these difficult times I was truly grateful to have Ms. Langdale working so diligently and expertly for my interests.