Workers who have a significant illness that is diagnosed to last at least a year, or result in death, may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). As a result of the illness, the worker must be in a condition where working is too difficult based on the individual’s education, age, and past employment experience. An individual must have worked and contributed to the Social Security system for a long enough period of time, usually 5 out of 10 years. If found eligible, an individual and eligible family members will receive a monthly benefit to help them pay their daily expenses. The monthly amount of benefits is based on the worker’s past earnings.

The SSDI program is a part of the larger Social Security program, which also pays retirement benefits to Americans who have reached full retirement age. In fact, if an individual reaches full retirement age while receiving benefits, the disability benefit will phase out and the social security retirement benefits will begin to be disbursed.

Because there are many complexities to the SSDI program, it is advisable to consult with a social security disability attorney who can guide you through the process. If you have been denied social security disability benefits, or have related questions regarding your eligibility for social security disability, contact the dedicated, experienced attorneys at Alegria & Barovick LLP for the representation you deserve. Call, (212) 861-2800 or (914) 761-1133 or visit www.alegriabarovicklaw.com.