At Ouimette, Goldstein & Andrews, LLP, our practice is focused on the rights of injured workers.

Offices in Poughkeepsie, Middletown, Newburgh, and West Nyack.

Social Security Disability / SSI

At OGA, we handle SSD and SSI claims throughout the Hudson Valley. We handle Social Security claims in Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan, Rockland, Westchester, Putnam, and other surrounding counties in New York. We have even represented the disabled in SS claims in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Jersey, and even the State of Florida.

Social Security Insurance Program (SSDI) and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are federal programs intended to help people who are unable to work due to any type of medical condition. Unfortunately, most people who apply for SSD claims are denied initially. At OGA, we handle SS claims from Application through Appeals. If you wish to apply for SSD Benefits, this office can help you complete the necessary paperwork in a prompt, clear, and concise manner to help you gain approval of your SSD claim. Additionally, if you are denied SSD Benefits, our office can help you request a hearing in front of an ALJ and handle all other aspects of the appeals process. At OGA, we can assist you with your SSD and your SSI claims, whether at the initial application, reconsideration, hearing, or Appellate level.

We assist clients with their SSD applications. We will review the case to determine the best theory to maximize the likelihood of success before the SS Administration. With our representation, you will have a guide to present and frame a theory from the very beginning of your claim. Additionally, you will have help in obtaining the proper medical evidence that is necessary in order to support your claim that you are disabled and unable to work. We will stay in touch with you and the SSA regarding the status of your claim and file any appeals that are necessary. We will not obtain an attorney’s fee from you unless we are successful on your claim.

We have handled claims for people with many disabling injuries or diseases that prevent them from working. We have experienced handling claims for individuals who have musculoskeletal complaints such as neck, back, bilateral knee, and shoulder pain. We have had success handling cases for individuals with psychiatric claims and those suffering from neuropathy, retinopathy, heart disease, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Am I eligible?

A: In order to be eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI), you must have worked a sufficient amount of time to be eligible for these benefits. If you have worked a sufficient amount of time and have an impairment of any type that prevents you from sustaining work, you may be eligible to receive these benefits.

 Q: What types of injuries/impairments are considered disabling?

A: An individual can be disabled for any type of reason. It could be due to a disabling accident, a mental disability, a genetic condition, disease, or any other type of disabling condition. An impairment can be from brain damage, dementia, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, impairments to the hands, etc.

 Q: What are the fees for having a lawyer represent me?

A: A lawyer at Ouimette, Goldstein & Andrews will only be paid on your claim if you case is won. Typically, fees are 25% of the retroactive benefits to a maximum of the statutory limit, which is currently $6,000.00. If an attorney wins your claim and there are no retroactive benefits, the fee request will be based upon the time spent working on the file and the expertise that was required. Thus, we suggest that you let an experienced attorney at our firm handle your Social Security Disability claim, as there is no fee unless we are successful in winning your claim. At Ouimette, Goldstein & Andrews, we will handle you case from the beginning to end, which will include obtaining medical records and gathering any other necessary proof of your disability, preparing for an representing you at the hearing, and handling any appeal necessary if your claim is denied.

Q: Where do you represent clients?

A: We represent clients in Social Security Disability matters primarily out of Orange County, Dutchess County, Sullivan County, Ulster County, Putnam County, Rockland County, Westchester County, Columbia County, Greene County, and Albany County. Additionally, we have handled Social Security Disability claims in Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and even the State of Florida. We can handle claims in any part of the United States. If you wish our office to represent you, please contact our office for a free consultation.

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