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Social Security, first created in 1935, is designed to provide security. To
protect individuals from unforeseen catastrophes, the government spreads
certain risks among all members of society so that no single family bears the
full burden of such occurrences.

In addition to retirement benefits, those who are disabled, dependent for
support upon someone who receives social security income, and those who
are a widow, widower, or child of someone who has died are eligible for
benefits - if they meet the requirements. Whether you are entitled to benefits
depends on if your circumstances satisfy the system's requirements. Today,
more than 44 million Americans collect some kind of social security benefit.

It will seem to most individuals that the application process for disability and
SSI benefits is a secret process as the Social Security Administration does
not try to make this information clear or even understandable. It is thus not
suprising that 70% of all  SSD (a.k.a SSDI) and SSI claims are denied at

Ginsberg & Wolf can help you with this difficult process of applying for or
appealing your SSD or SSI applications. If you suffer from a medical,
psychological, or psychitric impairment or been denied Social Security
Disability or SSI claim for benefits, contact our law firm for a free
consultation. As a testimony of our commitment, we guarantee that
no fee
will be collected unless your Social Security claim has been granted
"The Social Security
program plays an important
part in providing for
families, children, and older
persons in times of stress.
But it cannot remain static.
Changes in our population,
in our working habits, and
in our standard of living
require constant revision."
-- John F. Kennedy, June
30, 1961

Social Security Online (  The
Offical Web Site of the US Social Security

SSA NY Region Home Page- Social Security
Administration's New York Region web site!

SSI Laws & Regulations Finder- designed to
assist  in quickly locating some of the most
frequently used sections of the SSI Law and

Alliance for Retired Americans, find fact
sheets and resources and take action to
strengthen Social Security.
The Century Foundation’s Social Security
Network, information, analysis and expert
commentary from a wide range of sources.
Institute for America’s Future, the latest
news on the drive to strengthen, not cut,
Social Security.

To decide whether you are disabled, the SSA uses a step-by-step process involving five
questions. They are:

1.Are you working? If you are working in 2011 and your earnings average more than
$1,000 a month, you generally cannot be considered disabled. If you are not working, we go
to Step 2.

2. Is your condition "severe"? Your condition must interfere with basic work-related
activities for your claim to be considered. If it does not, the SSA will find that you are not
disabled. If your condition does interfere with basic work-related activities, go to Step 3.

3. Is your condition found in the list of disabling conditions? For each of the major body
systems, the SSA maintains a list of medical conditions that are so severe they
automatically mean that you are disabled. If your condition is not on the list, the SSA has to
decide if it is of equal severity to a medical condition that is on the list. If it is, the SSA will
find that you are disabled. If it is not, then go to Step 4.

4. Can you do the work you did previously? If your condition is severe but not at the same
or equal level of severity as a medical condition on the list, then the SSA must determine if it
interferes with your ability to do the work you did previously. If it does not, your claim will be
denied. If it does, then the SSA proceeds to Step 5.

5.Can you do any other type of work? If you cannot do the work you did in the past, the SSA
with make a determination if you are able to adjust to other work. The Social Security
Administration  is suppose to consider your medical conditions and your age, education,
past work experience and any transferable skills you may have. If the SSA determines that
you cannot adjust to other work, your claim will be approved. If the SSA determines that you
can adjust to other work, your claim will be denied.

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