Rochester Disability Attorney

What is a disability?

Under federal disability discrimination law, a person is considered disabled if he or she has a physical or mental condition that substantially impairs the ability to function without assistance at a level needed to maintain well-being. Skilled disability attorneys in Rochester such as me, Donald R. Bleier, know how to help you receive the benefits you deserve.

Types of disabilities

Disability types are broken down into a number of categories that include the following:

  • Mobility disability refers to people with varying degrees of physical disabilities such as upper limb mobility, manual dexterity and coordination problems.
  • Spinal cord disability is mostly the result of severe accidents and sometimes leads to lifelong disabilities.
  • Vision disability can result from serious problems or diseases like blindness and ocular trauma.
  • Hearing disability includes people who are either completely deaf or who have partial hearing in one or both ears.
  • Cognitive disability is present in people who are suffering from dyslexia, which impacts the ability to read, and various other learning difficulties including speech disorders.
  • Psychological disability refers to people who suffer from psychiatric problems or illnesses such as personality disorders or schizophrenia.

Disability benefits

Rochester disability lawyers know that in the United States, there are two types of federal assistance programs:

  • Social Security Disability (SSD) — These benefits are available to workers who have paid into the Social Security system through payroll deductions. In order to qualify, you must have paid a minimum of 10 out of 20 work quarters with a minimum of part-time work prior to becoming disabled immediately after ceasing work.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) — This is for people who are uninsured or who become disabled following the expiration of their insured period. They must demonstrate extreme financial hardship (living on less than $674 a month) and be 65 years or older, blind or disabled.

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), SSD and SSI benefits keep 40 percent of older American recipients out of abject poverty. However, less than 40 percent of the millions who seek Social Security assistance are approved each year. That is why, if you apply for SSD or SSI claims or if you were denied benefits, you should consult an experienced Rochester attorney who specializes in Social Security law.

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A Social Security Disability case is very different from other legal matters. The laws, regulations and procedures for SSD and SSI claims are extremely technical and require detailed legal knowledge.

If the SSA denied your application for disability benefits, all is not lost. Contact Donald R. Bleier Attorney at Law. My firm helps people with SSD and SSI claims. I know and understand the process, the paperwork and the very specific Social Security Disability rules and regulations. Please feel free to call us at 866.454.9090 or 585.563.9054 or contact me online.