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Social Security Disability Lawyer

Your Social Security Disability Case & Rights

When you need help navigating the confusing world of Social Security, call on our attorneys at Hurwitz, Whitcher & Molloy Attorneys at Law. If you have been disabled for a period of one year or expect to be, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits in addition to workers’ compensation benefits. Medical documentation from your doctor verifying your disability is essential to your claim.

Here’s What You Need To Know

You may apply for benefits at any time, but there is a six-month waiting period. This means that once your disability onset date is established you are not entitled to payment for the first six months of disability. Your minor or disabled children may also be entitled to benefits on your account. Once entitled to benefits you will become Medicare eligible after two years.

Attorney fees for representation are dependent upon you receiving benefits. If we are not successful in obtaining benefits for you we will not receive any fee. Fees are paid to attorneys directly from the Social Security Administration out of your back benefits.

Unfortunately, if you are not awarded SSDI benefits at the time of your initial application you will have to appeal and request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. There are strict time limits (60 days) for appealing a denial. Thus it is very important to contact our office immediately if you receive a denial. Due to the large backlog of cases there is currently a two-year wait for a hearing in Buffalo.

Your SSDI benefits may be offset by what you receive from workers’ compensation. Any increase or decrease in your workers’ compensation benefits may cause an increase or decrease in your Social Security benefit. Thus it is very important to advise the Social Security Administration of any changes in your workers’ compensation benefits.

Once receiving benefits, you may work in a limited capacity and continue to receive SSDI. Currently for 2016 you can earn up to $1,130.00 per month without any impact on your SSDI benefits. If you continuously earn in excess of this monthly amount you can continue to receive SSDI for a limited time during a trial work period. It is important to notify the Social Security Administration of any work activity or wages you receive while on SSDI even if it is below the above amount.

Serving The Areas Around

Buffalo, Grand Island, West Seneca, Lancaster, Cheektowaga, Tonawanda, Amherst, Elma, Aurora, Pomfret, Evans, Dunkirk, Jamestown, Clarence, Niagara Falls, Orchard Park, & Hamburg, NY

Get Started With Our Work Injury Lawyer Today

If your injury occurred at work and was the fault of someone other than your employer or co-worker, you may be able to pursue both a workers’ compensation claim and a personal injury case. These are often very complicated cases, and it is important that you contact us right away. We can be reached at 716-856-1600.

Client Testimonials

As a disabled claimant, I can’t thank Hurwitz, Whitcher & Molloy enough for guiding me through these past fourteen years. No one else wanted my Workers’ Compensation case. No one! It was complicated. There were a lot of issues that made things difficult. They stuck with it well over a decade with preparedness, intelligence and grace. Mister Melvyn, he’s a good guy. Cathy, she’s so amazing.

- Salli B.

I became a client of the Hurwitz firm in May of 1997 due to injuries I received while I was a meat cutter at I. Isenberg Meats in Buffalo, New York. Since my first encounter with your firm and up until the present day, I have been entirely satisfied with the way your firm has treated me.

- William C.

Thank you for all you do throughout the year. I know I’m in the hands of the best compensation lawyers who really care!! God bless you all.

- Michelle A.

If you are injured at work and need a workers’ comp attorney, you need Hurwitz, Whitcher & Molloy. They are the ‘King Pins’ of all comp attorneys. You will be taken care of every step of the way. I am a very satisfied client!

- Richard B.