When you’re applying for Social Security disability benefits in New York, you need the best New York Social Security disability lawyer you can find. A lot of lawyers say they’re the best, but we have the awards and reviews to back it up. Attorney Patrick J. Best has not only been named a Super Lawyer Risking Star by Philadelphia Magazine, he is the author of The Essential Social Security Disability Survival Guide, and the host of the YouTube show “Social Security Disability with Patrick J. Best, Esq.” Need we say more?
Social Security Disability in New York
Our Brooklyn law office is conveniently located to all of New York City and the surrounding areas. But before you even come into our office, we have free resources to help you get the process started.
First, Attorney Best hosts the ARM Lawyers YouTube show “Social Security Disability with Patrick J. Best, Esq.” in which he answers common questions from clients. This is a great starting point for many people. We address many of the common questions about the Social Security disability process in these videos.
Second, Attorney Best offers his book, “The Essential Social Security Disability Survival Guide“, for FREE, just by requesting a copy. As part of the ARM Yourself With Knowledge series, this guide aims to help you navigate the process of filing for Social Security disability benefits from application through appeal.If you would like to discuss your personal situation or if we didn’t answer your specific questions in our show, just give us a call and we’d be happy to discuss your case. Our consultations are completely free so you have nothing to lose. If you’d prefer to e-mail us, just click here for a free consultation.
Social Security Disability Insurance in New York
The SSDI program pays benefits to workers who have disabilities that are severe enough to impair them from working. This program is separate and distinct from the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. Although there are some similarities between the programs. The SSDI program functions like an insurance program. Workers pay “premiums” in the form of taxes withheld in their paychecks.
In New York, Social Security Disability Insurance applications are processed by the NY Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA). If you’re applying for disability benefits, you need a New York Social Security disability lawyer who knows the process and knows how to navigate OTDA.
While you may have seen advertisements for large national firms, these firms rarely have an actual presence in New York This tends to show in the way these firms handle Social Security Disability cases in New York. You need a New York Social Security disability lawyer who handles cases in New York and has offices in New York.
SSDI benefits can greatly affect your quality of life. Our New York Social Security disability attorney knows how important your case is, and knows how important the benefits would be. Whether you’re applying for SSDI or appealing a denial of SSDI, we can help.
Social Security Disability Process in New York
The Social Security disability process in New York starts with applying for SSDI. If your application is denied, you are afforded a series of appeals. We discuss the Social Security disability process in detail here, but we will outline the process below.
Applying for Social Security Disability in New York
We typically recommend that you file your application for disability benefits in NY with a New York Social Security disability lawyer who knows the process. Too many times, people who file the application on their own inadvertently include incorrect information. Sometimes, phrasing things the wrong way can cause you to lose your claim!
It’s always better to speak with a New York Social Security disability lawyer first to make sure the application is completed properly. Moreover, your application will be processed at a local, New York field office. A New York Social Security disability lawyer will work with these field office routinely and will be familiar with each field office’s individual practices.
Filing for Reconsideration in New York
If your Social Security disability application has been denied, you will need to file a Request for Reconsideration. If your application has been denied, you should contact a New York Social Security disability lawyer who is familiar with the reconsideration process.
Much like the Social Security disability application, the Reconsideration will be processed at a local, New York field office. A New York Social Security disability lawyer works with these field office routinely and will be familiar with each field office’s individual practices.
Social Security Disability Hearing in New York
If your Request for Reconsideration has been denied, you will need to file a Request for Hearing with an Administrative Law Judge. The hearing is one of the most important parts of the Social Security disability process. To start, it has one of the highest probabilities of success if you have the right New York Social Security disability lawyer. Moreover, the Social Security disability hearing process is one of the last opportunities for you to submit evidence in support of your claim. While you can appeal the decision after the hearing, you may not be able to add evidence. If you do not present your case properly at the hearing you can destroy your claim!
While it’s important to have a New York Social Security disability lawyer at every stage of the process, the hearing stage is particularly important. There are only a handful of Social Security hearing offices in New York. Each of these New York hearing offices has their own Administrative Law Judges. Since a New York Social Security disability lawyer has hearings in front of these judges routinely, that lawyer will know the judge’s preferences.
If you are located in New York, you may be assigned to any of the following hearing offices:
- Albany: The Albany Hearing office is located at 2nd Floor, 12 Corporate Woods Boulevard, Albany, NY 12211 and services the following field offices: Albany, Gloversville, Hudson, Oneonta, Plattsburgh, Queensbury, Schenectady, Troy.
- Bronx: The Bronx Hearing office is located at 2nd Floor – Suite 200, 220 East 161st Street, Bronx, NY 10451 and services the following field offices: East Bronx, Hunts Point, Laconia Avenue, North Bronx, South Bronx, West Farms.
- Jersey City: The Jersey City Hearing office is located at Second Floor, 325 West Side Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07305 and services the following field offices: Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island.
- Long Island: The Long Island Hearing office is located at 730 Federal Plaza, Central Islip, NY 11722 and services the following field offices: Freeport, Melville, Mineola, Patchogue, Riverhead, West Babylon.
- New York: The New York Hearing office is located at Room 2909, 26 Federal Plaza, New York, NY 10278 and services the following field offices: Bedford Heights, Brooklyn New Utrecht, Downtown East Harlem, East Village, Midtown, Uptown, Washington Heights.
- New York Varick: The New York Varick Hearing office is located at 3rd Floor, Room 315, 201 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014 and services the following field offices: Boro Hall, Brooklyn Flatbush, Brooklyn Bushwick, Canarsie.
- Queens: The Queens Hearing office is located at Joseph P Addabbo Federal Building, 155-10 Jamaica Avenue, 2nd Floor, Jamaica, NY 11432 and services the following field offices: Cypress Hill, Far Rockaway, Flushing, Jamaica, Long Island City, Rego Park.
- Syracuse: The Syracuse Hearing office is located at 5th Floor, 300 S. State Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 and services the following field offices: Binghamton, Corning, Elmira, Ithaca, Ogdensburg, Oswego, Syracuse, Utica, Watertown.
- White Plains: The White Plains Hearing office is located at Suite 202, 75 South Broadway, White Plains, NY 10601 and services the following field offices: Monticello, New Rochelle, Newburgh, Peekskill, Poughkeepsie, West Nyack, White Plains, Yonkers.
You’d be surprised, but a lawyer’s relationship with a judge is an important part of the process. A lawyer unfamiliar with a particular judge may not know the best way to approach your case.
If your lawyer doesn’t have offices in New York, your lawyer does not likely practice in New York routinely.
Appealing Social Security Disability Decision in New York
If you are denied benefits after a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge, you will need to appeal the decision to the Appeals Council. During the Appeals Council process, it is important to have a New York Social Security disability lawyer on your side. Many people are surprised to learn that while the Social Security Act is a federal law, it can be applied differently from state to state. If you don’t have a New York Social Security disability lawyer, you may miss out on some arguments that are New York specific.
While you may be told that any lawyer can file a Request for Review to the Appeals Council, if you live in New York, you should have your Request for Review filed by a New York Social Security disability lawyer with offices in New York.
File a Civil Action in New York
If your Request for Review is denied by the Appeals Council, you are officially out of appeals within the Social Security Administration. Your sole remaining remedy is to file a Civil Action in Federal District Court. Many lawyers who handle Social Security disability cases do not handle Federal District Court cases.
If you need to file a Civil Action in New York, you need a New York Social Security disability lawyer who knows the Federal District Court process. There are four separate District Courts in New York: the Northern District, Eastern District, Western District, and Southern District. Each of these Districts has their own judges. Each Court and each Judge applies the law differently.
Many people are surprised to learn that you don’t only need a New York Social Security disability lawyer to file a claim in Federal District Court, you need a lawyer who has specific experience within the New York District Court.
New York Counties Served
We handle Social Security disability cases throughout New York. Some of the common counties were serve are as follows:
- Albany County
- Bronx County
- Broome County
- Chemung County
- Chenango County
- Columbia County
- Cortland County
- Delaware County
- Dutchess County
- Greene County
- Kings County
- Lewis County
- Long Island
- Madison County
- Nassau County
- New York County
- Onondaga County
- Orange County
- Otsego County
- Putnam County
- Queens County
- Rensselaer County
- Richmond County
- Rockland County
- Saratoga County
- Schenectady County
- Schoharie County
- Staten Island
- Suffolk County
- Sullivan County
- Tioga County
- Tompkins County
- Ulster County
- Westchester County
If your county is not listed, call us. While these are the counties we typically serve, we’ve handled cases across the state upon request.
Contact a New York Social Security Disability Lawyer today
Our Social Security disability attorneys strive to make this process as easy as possible. Contact our law office today to schedule a free consultation! Call or reach out to our Brooklyn law office.
The best part is that we can start the whole process over the phone or by video conference so you don’t even need to come into the office! We make everything as easy as possible for you from start to finish. Call us today.