New Hampshire & Maine Social Security Disability Lawyer

Securing Your SSD Benefits

The attorneys and staff in the Social Security Disability law group at Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. have experience and expertise in all aspects of Social Security Disability law practice in the New England courts of New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts, and at federal courts and agencies. Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. is proud of our history fighting to protect the rights of injured or disabled people in our community. Over the years, we've helped literally thousands of individuals make ends meet after suffering a disabling injury or illness. If you have recently become disabled and cannot work, you need to understand your rights and responsibilities. Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. has the experience and expertise to help you.

Most people know about the Social Security Retirement Program, but few are familiar with the Social Security Disability program until they are personally affected by a disability. Generally speaking, there are two programs which provide benefits to qualified individuals who are deemed disabled under the law. Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI) are paid to individuals who suffer a disabling injury and / or disease, which prevents them from continuing to work. Generally, to be qualified for the program, the individual must have worked in recent years, usually five out of the last ten years.

Supplemental Security Income benefits (SSI) are paid to qualified individuals depending on certain income and asset limitations, regardless of whether or not the person has worked in the past. There are also benefits available under this program for disabled children depending on the income of the child's guardian. Our team can assist you in any of the following areas:

Appealing a Claim
After a denial or notice to stop benefits, you need to work with our team to fight to retain the SSDI or SSI that you are receiving.

Application Process
What to file for Social Security benefits? Let the team at Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. help! We can assist you throughout the entire application process.

Do's and Don'ts
Do you file now? Should I speak with a doctor? When can I receive benefits? All of these questions can be answered in our do's and don'ts section.

Social Security Disability Benefits
If you are disabled, it may be to your advantage to work with an attorney to file for Social Security Disability benefits.

Medicaid and Medicare
Are you eligible for Medicaid or Medicare? Find out by working with the team at Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. now!

Commonly Asked Questions

What is a "disability" for Social Security purposes?

A person has to have an injury, disease, or medical condition which prevents that person from engaging in any "substantial gainful activity." Basically this means your disability must be so severe as to prevent you from doing not only the work you performed in the past, but also any other type of work within the national economy. For instance, if a severe back injury prevents you from returning to a job where heavy lifting is involved, you may be able to do a lighter job, and therefore you would not be entitled to Social Security benefits.

If I'm receiving Workers' Compensation benefits, am I entitled to Social Security benefits?

Yes, although the Social Security system has a different standard which has to be met, you could receive workers' compensation and Social Security disability benefits at the same time; however, if you are receiving workers' compensation benefits, the amount that you may be entitled to receive from Social Security will be reduced to count your workers' compensation benefits. Fortunately, both benefits can be coordinated so that you receive the most money possible for your disability.

I've been hurt in an automobile or other type of accident where I am suing another party. I have been out of work and am receiving Social Security Disability benefits. If I settle my lawsuit or get a judgment, do I need to reimburse Social Security?

No, any reimbursement or set-off is only by Social Security law or regulation. There is no Social Security law that states that an injured person must give up Social Security disability benefits or pay back Social Security for benefits received if he or she obtains a settlement or judgment from another party; however, if you collect social security benefits under the SSI program, a settlement could jeopardize your continued eligibility for those benefits.

When should I file for Social Security Disability benefits?

A person should file as soon as he or she learns of being unable to work for at least 12 months or that the condition will lead to death. Initially, most claims for disability benefits are filed by the claimants at the local Social Security office.

When should I hire an attorney?

At some period after the initial filing, the claimant should receive a determination either accepting or denying the claim. If the claim is denied the claimant has the right to file a reconsideration or appeal and submit any additional relevant information at that time. The claimant has the right to file an appeal, which will be heard before an administrative law judge.

You also have a right to seek legal advice and to be represented at any time during this entire process, however, the appeal before the administrative law judge is the most formal part of the entire process and most claimants, if they have not already done so, seek representation immediately after receiving notice that their application has been denied. It should also be noted that there is no fee for representation unless the claimant is successful and collects benefits.

If you have any questions regarding Social Security benefits, please contact our firm today. The initial consultation is free, whether we take your case or not; after that, our fees are contingent upon recovering money for you on your case.

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