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Social Security Disability / SSI

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 many different reasons. 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 receive a fee if you receive a favorable decision. 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.   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 and 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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