When you submit an application for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits in Syracuse, NY, it’s very common for there to be several months that pass before a final determination on your eligibility is made. The initial application may take two to six months to be reviewed and only about 38 percent are approved at this stage.
If you’re denied during the first review, a second review can be requested; however, the approval rate is not very promising the second time around, with only about 15 percent being found eligible for benefits. The last stage in the process is to appeal, which will place your application before an administrative law judge. You should anticipate a year or more before your claim goes through the entire process, including all reviews and appeals.
The guidelines of the Social Security Administration (SSA) require an individual to be unable to work, or to work full time, as a result of long term or permanent disability before they apply for benefits. To complete an application for Syracuse disability benefits, you can call the SSA at (800)772-1213, contact your local SSA field office, or use the SSA’s online application forms, here. If you need assistance finding your local field office, call the SSA phone line listed above, or utilize the online SSA Office Locator service, here.
Syracuse Health Resources
Your completed application for Syracuse disability benefits should be submitted to your local New York field office. The staff there will review the application to make sure all documentation is present before sending it on to the Disability Determination Services Office (DDS).
The DDS is responsible for reviewing all of the medical documentation in your application. To be found eligible, you’ll need to show you’ve received ongoing treatment from appropriate physicians and other health practitioners. Paying for healthcare when disabled and on a limited income can be very difficult. Here are a few Syracuse disability resources for low cost and free health services that may help.
Rescue Mission Clinic
120 Gifford St,
Syracuse, NY 13202-2341
Syracuse Community Health Center
819 S Salina St,
Syracuse, NY 13202-3527
Ross Towers Health Center
710-712 Lodi St,
Syracuse, NY 13203-2257
SCHC West Health Center
603 Oswego St,
Syracuse, NY 13204-3127
Southwest Health Center
401 South Ave,
Syracuse, NY 13204-4141
SCHC East Health Center
1938 E Fayette St,
Syracuse, NY 13210-1339
SCHC South Health Center
1701 South Ave,
Syracuse, NY 13207-2004
Syracuse Mental Health Resources
Many SSD applicants are disabled due to a psychological or mental condition. Many more suffer from these kinds of conditions in conjunction with physically disabling ailments. If either is the case for you, you’ll need to show you’ve also received ongoing treatment from a behavioral or mental health services provider. Here are some Syracuse disability resources for free and low cost mental health services.
Syracuse Community Health Center - East
1938 E Fayette St
Syracuse, NY 13210
Syracuse Community Health Center - West
603 Oswego St
Syracuse, NY 13204
Syracuse Supplemental Security Benefits
If approved for Syracuse disability benefits, you may also be eligible for other services, including Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid and Medicare. SSI is most often available to those who require financial help paying for everyday expenses. Medicaid and Medicare pay a range of medical expenses. To learn more about SSI, contact the Syracuse SSA Office at:
Social Security Administration
Federal Bldg, 4th Floor,
100 S Clinton St,
Syracuse, NY 13261
To learn more about Medicaid and Medicare, contact:
Onondaga County Department of Social Services
John H. Mulroy Civic Center, 5th floor,
421 Montgomery St,
Syracuse, NY 13202
Your Syracuse Social Security Disability Claim
The medical documentation in your application for Syracuse disability benefits must be extensive in order for you to be approved for benefits. Even with exceptional medical detail in your application there is no guarantee you’ll be approved for SSD. A Syracuse Social Security lawyer can increase your odds of approval however.
As a person with limited finances, you may be worried about how you’ll pay for legal services, but a Syracuse Social Security attorney charges no upfront fees for their services. In fact, they are only paid if you’re found eligible for SSD. If approved, the disability lawyer would receive 25% (up to $6,000 max) of the retroactive benefits you’re issued at the advent of SSD payments.
For a free Social Security Disability case review contact a Syracuse Social Security lawyer.