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.
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
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.