Social Security Disability (SSDI)

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Social Security Disability (SSDI)

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) has two parts, how long you’ve worked and how much you’ve paid in 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 trouble with the SSDI process, contact the Antonowicz Group and let us help.

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SSDI Frequently Asked Questions

Do you qualify for SSD?

To qualify, you must first determine if you are insured. The Antonowicz Group understands the formula used to determine eligibility. You must also have worked enough and have enough credits to qualify. You must also have a diagnosed medical condition that has or will prevent you from working for at least 12 months.

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.

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 website and carefully review the checklist, gather necessary documents, bank information and tax forms, and medical records. Schedule a consultation.

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.

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.

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.

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Illnesses and Injuries

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 listed below, however this is not a complete list.
Contact us if you have a question about a specific illness or injury.

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. There are literally thousands of medical conditions experienced by our clients. The list below is only a partial list of the types of medical conditions with which we have experience.

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. Shoulder, hip and joint impairments are also debilitating and sometimes disabling. 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!

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.

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.

There are literally countless conditions that could be severe disabilities and claimable under Social Security Disability. No matter the medical condition that is preventing you from working – call us for help. It is very rare that a person comes in with medical condition that we have not already successfully used as a cause for a disability award through the Social Security Administration.

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.

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 critical 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 $1260 per month when determining eligibility.

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