Social Security Disability Eligibility

Hard working people who are hurt or get sick to the point where they are no longer able to to work full time oftentimes 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 in fighting for the rights of the underdog, and we understand that organizations and businesses aren't always helpful as they claim to be.

That's why, for more than 25 years, the Social Security attorneys at Brown law have been working individually with clients who have been denied their claims, or are in the process of applying for or following up on applications for Social Security benefits.

Our New Hampshire lawyers exemplify their excellence both in and out of the courtroom, catering to the specific needs of each of our clients to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible.

Social Security Disability Frequently Asked Questions

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 is 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 very complex, so if you have questions about your particular situation and if you qualify, don't hesitate to 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 need to be fulfilled compared to workers' comp, it is possible that you may be eligible to receive benefits from both programs at the same time. However, it's worth noting that you may receive a reduced payment from Social Security as a result of your receipt of workers' comp benefits.

I was injured in an automobile or other accident, and as a result, I'm suing another party. I have not been working and am currently receiving Social Security benefits for my disability. If I settle my lawsuit or get a judgement, am I required to reimburse Social Security?
No, there are currently no Social Security laws that indicate an injured person who has settled a lawsuit or judgement 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 to receive Social Security benefits, be sure to contact Brown Law. Our New Hampshire legal aids know the ins and outs of the Social Security system and will work tirelessly with you to ensure that you are receiving 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 who is part of the community, who will give your case the attention it deserves. Call The Law Offices of Stephen C. Brown & Associates in Rochester at 603-841-3080, or email us using this online form.