Maine & New Hampshire Social Security Disability Attorney
Protecting Your Right to SSD Benefits
Social Security is a federal program that provides the safety net many
Americans need, especially when they suffer disabilities that prevent
them from working and earning a living. While pathways to disability benefits
under Social Security are in place, they are notoriously difficult to
navigate, surrounded by dense legal issues, and governed by strict guidelines.
For these reasons, numerous applicants receive denials or disability decisions
that may fail to meet their needs.
At Shaheen & Gordon, P.A., our Main Social Security disability lawyers
are committed to guiding hard-working disabled men and women through the
complexities and legal challenges of SSD applications and appeals. By
providing comprehensive assistance, educating clients about their rights
and options, and handling the nuts and bolts of their claims, we strive
to make the process as swift and successful as possible.
Reasons to Choose Shaheen & Gordon, P.A.
- Our team has decades of collective legal experience.
- We’ve helped thousands of clients secure benefits.
- We prioritize personal attention and client satisfaction.
- We serve clients throughout Maine and northern New England.
SSD and SSI
Social Security operates two primary programs when it comes to assisting
individuals with disabilities. These include Social Security Disability
Insurance (SSDI) and Supplement Security Income (SSI).
SSDI – Social Security Disability Insurance is what most people refer
to when they talk about disability benefits. SSDI provides financial monthly
payments to individuals who suffer from a disability, including physical
injuries and illnesses, which prevents them from working. In order to
qualify for SSDI, applicants must be rated at disabled by the Social Security
Administration and must have paid into Social Security enough and long
enough. Due to the strict requirements and need for extensive documentation
and thorough claims, SSDI claims see high denial rates.
SSI – Supplemental Security Income is need-based federal program that
provides financial benefits to individuals who have a limited amount of
assets. Monthly benefits are dependent on all sources of income, including
benefits that may be received through Social Security disability.
How the SSA Defines Disability
Disability can be a general term with a number of applications, but when
it comes to the Social Security Administration, there is a strict definition.
According to the SSA, a person is considered disabled when a medically
verifiable physical or mental impairment prevents them from engaging in
substantial gainful activity (work) and which is has lasted or is expected
to persist for over one year, or result in death.
Various physical injuries requiring long-term recoveries or resulting in
permanent impairments can constitute a disability, just as certain illnesses
and mental health conditions may make an individual eligible for SSD.
If you are unsure about whether your condition is considered a disability,
our legal team is available to review your case and discuss how the SSA
may rate you.
Our SSD and SSI Services
With a thorough understand of the Social Security Administration and the
rules they implement for SSD and SSI programs, our Social Security disability
lawyers are able to provide assistance to clients in a range of matters
concerning benefits. This includes assistance with compiling all relevant
information and documentation for new applications, which may also require
assistance with medical records and disability determinations. We understand
the common mistakes individuals without representation make when applying
for benefits, and we know how to build claims that help our clients get
it right the first time.
In addition to assistance with applications, we also help clients who have
had their applications denied, or who have received unfavorable decisions,
in appealing their cases. Appeals can be challenging endeavor, but they
can be effectively handled by experienced lawyers who know what mistakes
were made initially and how to structure an appeal so that clients secure
the benefits they need. Our firm also provides comprehensive support and
counsel to help clients understand how the system works and whether they
may qualify for additional programs, including Medicaid or Medicare.
Call Today to Discuss Your Case
When you and your loved ones depend on benefits during times when you are
unable to work, navigating the process efficiently and effectively is
critical to your wellbeing and your future. By working without an attorney,
you risk delays, incomplete applications, and denials. Put proven lawyers
on your side by speaking with a member of Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. today.
Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. serves residents throughout Maine, New Hampshire
and Northern New England from multiple office locations. Visit an office
near you or call us to schedule a consultation.