If you're a regular visitor to our blog, you know that we not only like to talk about topics concerning Social Security disability benefits, we also like to answer our readers' questions as well. From "How do you apply?" to "What happens if my claim is denied?", we always try to make sure that we are providing our readers with the information that they need to make the best decision for their situation.We realize though that sometimes our posts can prompt further questions, which is why we'd like to take a look at one question that might have been sparked because of a post we wrote earlier this month:Should I seek disability benefits if I have kidney disease?As you may remember from the post, the Social Security Administration's Compassionate Allowances program helps individuals who have kidney disease by giving the disease disability status. This means that applications listing kidney disease may be fast-tracked through the process because reviewers know it is a serious enough condition and one that meets the SSA definition of a disability.But while we explained that you could receive cash benefits that help offset medical costs, we realize that you, like some of our Westbury readers, may be wondering if seeking these benefits is the right choice for your situation. Unfortunately, the answer is not a straightforward one because it relies heavily on the unique circumstances of your life.Everything from the expected length of the disease to the medical evidence you present can impact your eligibility for benefits. Once you start receiving benefits, you will then need to consider whether or not you will continue to work. In some cases, a person's income may disqualify them from receiving benefits, which is something our New York readers should consider.Because disability benefits are based on need, only you can answer whether or not it’s a good idea to apply for benefits. What we can tell you though is that if you decide to apply, you should know that you can ask for help from a lawyer. With their help, you can increase your chances of getting your application approved on the first try, which is something more than half of the applicants can't claim because they filed on their own.
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.