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Social Security Disability FAQs

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Qualifying for Disability Benefits

Are Mental Illnesses Eligible For Disability Benefits?

When you’re living with a serious mental illness, you’re all too familiar with the weight it adds to seemingly simple, ordinary tasks. It can make functioning in your job impossible—even when other people don’t understand because your cond Read More...

Why Is It So Incredibly Hard To Get Permanent Disability Benefits?

Compared to some types of benefits for people with injuries and illnesses, Social Security Disability benefits are permanent.

They last as long as you can’t work due to serious healt Read More...

How Can I Improve My Chances of Winning My Social Security Disability Claim in Binghamton, NY?

Don’t Leave Your Disability Income to Chance

When everyday functions like standing, walking, lifting and concentrating on tasks for hours at a time become impossible to handle because you have severe health problems, you face the loss of your jo Read More...

What are the important deadlines I need to watch?

INITIAL FILING – You should make your initial application to Social Security as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, the backlog, especially once the case gets to an Administrative Law Judge, is enormous right now.

While the backlog di

Applying for Disability Benefits

How long does it take to get my disability benefits once a claim for benefits is filed?

If you can’t work anymore because of serious health problems, it’s understandable that you want to know how long it’s going to take to win Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. After al Read More...

Does my age matter when trying to receive disability benefits?

Yes. The Social Security Administration looks at age as one of the factors when determining disability. The administration evaluates age as follows:

  • 18-49 is a younger worker
  • 50-54 is closely approachi

If I applied but was denied, what should I do?

Now you file a written request for reconsideration within 60 days of the denial notice. After receiving a denial letter, there are four levels of review: Reconsideration, Hearing, Appeals Council, and Federal Court.

If you were denied, we s

Denied Disability Benefits

I was denied. Should I appeal?

You should definitely appeal. We can help you get started with your appeal by filing a written request for reconsideration within 60 days of your denial notice. After that, there are four levels of review: Reconsideration, Hearing, Appeals Council Read More...

My Doctor Says I Have a Disability, so Why Is Social Security Denying My Disability Claim?

The answer is probably that Social Security’s idea of a disability is different from what your doctor calls a disability.

What counts as a disability can be many things to many people, including your doctor, a co-worker, a family member, Read More...

Social Security said that I would be able to return to work. Should I wait to see if my health improves or should I appeal?

You have a limited time to appeal your initial denial – don’t wait to see if your health improves. Contact Lachman & Gorton today. Let our experience help win you the benefits you deserve.


If I received notice that I will have a hearing, what should I do?

At this point, it’s best to contact an attorney to represent you at your hearing. An attorney can gather all the medical evidence and records necessary for you to have the best chance of winning disability benefits. Social Security’s o Read More...

Will Lachman & Gorton represent me at a hearing if one is necessary?

Yes. If you were denied disability benefits, call us right away. We’ll look over your medical records and work history and set a strategy to help prove that you’re disabled. If you have a hearing scheduled, we’ll help you gather all your evi Read More...

If I lose my case after my hearing, can a lawyer still help me?

Yes. A lawyer can help you file a civil action in the United States District Court or appeal your claim to the United States Court of Appeals.

At Lachman & Gorton, we’re with you at each stage of your claim. Should you lose your case Read More...

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

What is Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

Answers about Disability Benefits for People in Binghamton & across Upstate New York

Maybe it’s been tough for you to stay in jobs. Your health keeps getting in the way. Or you used to work, but it’s been a long time.

Money is alwa

Working With a Disability Attorney

Are Disability Lawyers Free in Upstate New York?

Finances were tough even when you had regular paychecks. Now that serious health issues keep you from working, money is beyond tight.

Social Security Disability benefits, including mon

Why do I need a lawyer to help me? Why should I hire Lachman & Gorton?

The Social Security Disability system is laced with pitfalls and involves thousands of different rules, regulations, and procedures. You can be denied benefits if your doctor doesn’t know the legal definition of disability. You can also be denie Read More...

Is Lachman & Gorton very experienced in Social Security Disability?

We’ve helped thousands of people win disability benefits. We have the experience necessary to help you get the disability benefits you deserve. Call us today.

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