New York residents suffering from a medical condition or injury that interferes with their ability to work may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance. 

We have helped clients navigate the complexities of filing an SSDI claim. 

Determine whether you meet eligibility criteria 

U.S. News & World Report explains that you must meet certain health criteria to be eligible to collect SSDI. You must have lived with your medical condition for at least one year or expect that your condition will last for a minimum of one year or result in death. While your doctor can help document your medical condition, the Social Security Administration makes the final eligibility decision. 

Your ability to collect SSDI is also conditioned on your working a minimum period of time at a job where you pay Social Security taxes. 

Understand the amount and duration of disability payments 

SSDI pays monthly, based on your lifetime earnings, and continues for the duration of your disability. When you reach full retirement age, your benefits convert to retirement benefits in the same amount. 

Be aware how returning to work may impact your entitlement 

The Ticket to Work Program allows you to work for nine months while you continue to receive full SSDI. After this initial nine-month period, you may continue to work and receive benefits so long as your earnings fall within specific parameters. If your earnings in a month exceed certain thresholds, you may waive your right to disability for that month. If you lose SSDI and subsequently become unable to work, you may apply for expedited reinstatement of benefits. 

You may have the opportunity to appeal an unfavorable decision concerning your SSDI application or status. Our website provides information about the appeals process.