Filing for Disability in New York

Posted By : Aubrey Mead , on Nov, 2015


If you live in New York and have been injured on the job or have a permanent disability that inhibits you from obtaining any type of employment, it may be time to file for social security in New York. Social security disability and supplemental security income are both controlled by the federal government and abide by federal laws, New York State has a few differences when it comes to the appeals process as well as the amount of your monthly payment.  Here are some important things you should know when filing for SSI in New York.

How to File

There are a few different ways you can file for disability as a citizen of New York State. You can visit a local field office in your area. This is done by going online and visiting the Social Security’s field office locator to help you find the office closest to you. If you are unable to do this in person, you can also file online and by phone. Their offices are opened from 7am-7pm Monday through Friday. You can visit their website anytime to apply at your convenience.

Appeals Process

If you apply for SSI and are denied it is time to appeal. The appeals process is much easier in New York than it is in any other state. It is a three step streamlined process that makes it much easier for you to appeal your case. These are the three steps that must be followed:

* Administrative Law Judge Hearing
* Appeals Council Hearing
* Federal Court

Payment Options

New York State pays a supplemental amount to individuals who are receiving SSI from the government. If the federal government is currently paying you $674 every month then the state of New York will pay you an extra $87 on top of that. This amount will depend on what your circumstances are in your favor as well as whether or not you are married and your spouse currently has SSI benefits.

Even with a streamlined process like the one in New York, if you are filing for disability or appealing the result, you should hire an attorney in the area who specializes in disability benefits. This helps to significantly increase your chances of a successful outcome for your case. Both filing and appealing can be extremely challenging so it is best to have an expert help you along the way.

The Law Office of Daniel Berger can help you file for social security in New York and can help you get the result you are looking for. Visit their website to learn more.

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