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Social Security Disability (SSDI)

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) requires passing a two-part test, concerning whether you've worked long enough and paid enough into the Social Security system. If a claim is rejected, many applicants are unsure of how to proceed.

If you or your loved one are having troubles with the SSDI process, contact the Antonowicz Group and let us help.
Social Security Benefits form—disability benefits in Rome NY
Do you qualify for SSD?
To qualify, you must first determine if you are insured. You must also have worked enough and have enough credits prior to the disability in order to qualify. The Antonowicz Group understands the formula used to determine eligibility. You must also have a diagnosed medical condition that has or will prevent you from working for at least 12 months. There is a qualifying list of illnesses and injuries, so an accurate and conclusive diagnosis is critical, as well as doctor statements related to your ability to work. You should provide these written reports to your healthcare providers each time you visit them.
Helping Disabled Service Members
Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are different from DOD and VA benefits, and have an application process that can be difficult or daunting without experienced guidance. That's what the Antonowicz Group is all about. If you became disabled during active service in the military on or after Oct 1st, 2001, the review of your Social Security application is expedited. Even so, there are things we can help you through to hasten the processing and approval of your application. Give us a call at the Antonowicz Group and let's schedule a free consultation with you over your options.
Social Security Disability - Over Age 50 claims
When people over 50 become disabled, it is more difficult for them to work in any capacity. The Social Security Administration has a separate set of rules of eligibility in these cases. The Antonowicz Group has extensive experience in this area, and in other age ranges with regard to Social Security benefits as well.
The definition of "work" from the SSA
If you are disabled from performing the physical duties of your old job, but are able to conduct another type of full-time work, even in another industry, you will not qualify for benefits. The Social Security Administration does not consider part-time work when determining eligibility.
How do I file for SSD?
The unfortunate truth is that the majority of Social Security Disability applications are initially denied, usually because the applications fail to meet the Social Security Administration requirements. This does not always mean the applicants do not meet the standards of disability, but the criteria for qualification is rigorous. Before applying, visit the U.S. Social Security Administration's ... Read more
Social Security Benefits for Wounded Warriors
Injured service veterans receive benefits from organizations like the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), but only a small number receive the Social Security benefits they are entitled to receive. Make sure your ailments are always properly documented, and apply for Social Security benefits if your injuries will prevent you from working.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Supplemental Security Income is a two-part test to obtain disability benefits, similar to Social Security Disability Insurance. The difference is that SSI must fall in a specific threshold for assets or income. Multiple factors can affect this, such as whether or not a claimant resides with family or others contributing to the household. Claims are usually rejected because the claimants do not understand these requirements or know how to proceed, and that's why the Antonowicz Group is here to help.
SSD/SSI Illnesses and Injuries
Certain types of illnesses and injuries qualify for the Social Security Administration's list of acceptable impairments. Some information about common SSD/SSI illnesses and injuries are listing below, however this is not a complete list. Contact us if you have a question about a specific illness or injury.
Mental Illnesses
Qualifying symptoms must be severe, but include medically diagnosed conditions such as:
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder or manic depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Mental, emotional and cognitive disorders resulting from traumatic brain injuries
  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizoaffective disorder
  • Learning disabilities
The Antonowicz Group can guide you in gathering the information you need to submit your claim successfully, and provide support and helpful information so you can make the right decisions.
Back and Neck Work Disability
Back and neck injuries, such as herniated disks, can be debilitating to those working physical labor and standing jobs, as well as desk or sitting jobs. This can be worse if the injury is spine-related. If an injury or medical condition has prevented or will prevent you from working for 12 months or more, you may qualify for SSD benefits. Contact the Antonowicz Group to find out more!
Traumatic Brain Injuries and Headache Disability
Traumatic brain injuries can cause years of debilitation, and sometimes permanent disability. If you are suffering from TBI symptoms, give us a call for assistance. Headaches, dizziness, nausea, vertigo and trouble standing or walking, concentration and memory problems, mood swings, light sensitivity, fatigue or sleep disorders could all be related to TBI. This as well as chronic migraines could qualify for Social Security benefits, if they are medically diagnosed as severe enough.
Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Fibromyalgia is a diagnosable medical condition that involves persistent pain for a period of three months or longer. It can accompany diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, but it can be a diagnosable condition on its own. Social Security benefits for fibromyalgia can be difficult, as many applications for this condition are initially denied. The Antonowicz Group is aware of the Social Security Administration requirements to obtain benefits for fibromyalgia, and can help you through your claim process.
Upper and lower extremities
Arms, legs, and joint injuries can occur in a variety of ways, from automobile accidents, to repetitive labor. Carpal tunnel, Osteoarthritis, nerve injuries, or joint diseases could be severe disabilities and claimable under Social Security Disability.
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SSD/SSI Appeals and Denied Claims

The Antonowicz Group deals with denied disability claims on a regular basis, and we have a deep understanding of the terms and conditions that must be met in a claim. But we do not win them all, and anyone who claims to do so is misleading you. Unfortunately, a rejected claim on appeal can take up to years to resolve, so proper preparation and documentation is essential to avoiding this. However, experience and resolve are essential when appeal cannot be avoided. The Antonowicz Group is highly experienced with this, and we have sued the Social Security Administration in U.S. District Court many times. Most national and large firms refuse to sue the Social Security Administration. We will. We are ready to go the extra mile if necessary.

The definition of "work" from the SSA – “The Social Security Administration does not consider part-time work paying less than $1170 per month when determining eligibility.