Hardworking people who are hurt or get sick to the point where they are no longer able to work full time often find themselves in difficult positions. While they may be certain that they are eligible for Social Security benefits, their claims are denied.
At The Law Offices of Stephen C. Brown & Associates, we are always ready to help New Hampshire workers who are in these and many other tough situations related to disability payments and eligibility. We pride ourselves on fighting for the rights of the underdog, and we understand that organizations and businesses aren't always as helpful as they claim to be.
That's why, for more than 25 years, the Social Security attorneys at The Law Offices of Stephen C. Brown & Associates have been working individually with clients who were denied their claims or are in the process of applying for or following up on applications for Social Security benefits.
Our New Hampshire lawyers excel both in and out of the courtroom, catering to the specific needs of each client to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible.
What is a disability?
By definition, a disability is the inability to perform some function. In most cases, one suffers from a disability as the result of a disease, an injury or a medical condition. In turn, it prohibits you from carrying out everyday tasks, which means that you cannot work.
Do I qualify for disability benefits?
Every disability and situation are unique so there is no simple answer to this question.
The U.S. Social Security Administration says that you must have been employed in a position that is covered by Social Security and you must have a disability that meets specific government-issued definitions to be eligible for benefits. Monthly payments are typically given to those who miss a year or more of work because of their condition, but again, this varies from case to case.
Determining eligibility is complex. If you have questions about your situation, give our offices a call to discuss your case in greater detail.
If I'm receiving workers' compensation benefits, am I entitled to Social Security benefits?
The short answer is yes. While the Social Security system has different standards that must be fulfilled compared with workers' comp, you may be eligible to receive benefits from both programs at the same time. However, it's worth noting that you may receive reduced payments from Social Security if you also receive workers' comp benefits.
I was injured in an automobile and as a result, I'm suing another party. I have not been working and am receiving Social Security benefits for my disability. If I settle my lawsuit or get a judgment, am I required to reimburse Social Security?
No, there are no Social Security laws that indicate an injured person who has settled a lawsuit or judgment with another party must pay back Social Security benefits or surrender their benefits altogether. If you have Medicare, however, reimbursement may be required.
If you are out of work because of a disability and you are seeking more information about your eligibility for Social Security benefits, be sure to contact our firm. Our New Hampshire legal aides know the ins and outs of the Social Security system and will work tirelessly with you to ensure that you receive the benefits you deserve.
Disclaimer: This publication and the information included in it are not intended to serve as legal advice or a substitute for consultation with an attorney. Specific legal issues, concerns and conditions always require the advice of appropriate legal professionals.
When you have a serious legal problem, seek out legal counsel that is part of the community, that will give your case the attention it deserves. Call The Law Offices of Stephen C. Brown & Associates in Rochester at 603-332-3535 or email us using this online form.