Knowledgeable Attorneys Assisting Injured Individuals Throughout New York
At the Law Offices of Joseph A. Romano, our dedicated workers’ compensation lawyers provide cutting-edge representation to injured residents of New York. We have assisted individuals not only in the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island but also in Westchester County communities such as White Plains. Firm founder Joseph A. Romano has over 25 years of experience helping clients pursue workers’ compensation and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), as well as providing representation on disability pensions, immigration, personal injury, and bankruptcy.
Mr. Romano and his associates are committed to providing people who seek their services with consistent accessibility and responsiveness. If you have an urgent legal matter, we will do our best to acknowledge and respond to your concerns as quickly as possible. Additionally, we take pride in offering comprehensive representation aimed at addressing all of a client’s legal needs. As a long-time trial advocate, Mr. Romano has practiced extensively in civil and criminal matters and has tried cases at all levels in both state and federal courts. We have served clients nationwide, extending beyond New York to Pennsylvania, North Carolina, St. Louis, and California.
Asserting Your Right to Workers’ Compensation
If you have been hurt because of an accident or a condition that developed from your job, you may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation. This is a no-fault system of benefits run by the Workers’ Compensation Board of New York State. To present a strong claim, you will want to present documents and other evidence to show that you were engaged in the duties of your job when your injury or illness occurred. Even if you were not at your usual workplace when an accident or other incident happened, you still may be eligible for benefits if you can show that you were performing a task for your employer at the time.
The benefits that a successful claimant can receive may extend to as much as two-thirds of his or her usual weekly salary prior to the injury or illness. The amount will depend on whether the worker is found to be partially or totally disabled, and the duration will hinge on whether the individual is temporarily or permanently unable to work.
When you are asserting your right to benefits, following deadlines is important. For example, it is important for a worker to make sure that his or her employer is aware of the accident giving rise to the injury or illness within 30 days of when it happened. You also would need to initiate a claim for benefits no longer than two years after the precipitating event, or you likely will find that your right to seek compensation is barred.
File an Application for SSDI
Another way to seek financial assistance when you are hurt or sick and unable to work is by pursuing SSDI from the federal government. There are two main ways to establish that your disability makes you eligible for these benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a Listing of Impairments that contains many medical conditions defined by specific symptoms. People who are suffering from conditions covered by the Listing likely will be eligible for benefits. If your symptoms are not covered by the Listing, you would need to prove that you are unable to work in any occupation that currently exists in the United States.
After you have completed an application for SSDI, an examiner will evaluate the material that you have presented to make an initial determination on your eligibility. It may be comforting to know that, while many claims are rejected at this stage, you have a variety of options to pursue afterward. The first step would consist of a Request for Reconsideration, which is a form by which you ask another examiner to review your situation, often after submitting additional evidence. If you are not successful at that stage, you can take your application further to a hearing within the SSA and even an appeal in federal court.
In addition to showing that the disability meets the requirements for receiving SSDI, an injured worker also must have received a sufficient number of work credits to be eligible for the program. This depends on your age and how long you paid Social Security taxes while working, since each year is equated to a certain amount of work credits.
Seek Representation from New York Lawyers in Government Benefits Claims and Beyond
The legal professionals at the Law Offices of Joseph A. Romano understand that unanticipated concerns may arise at any time during the course of representation. For this reason, Mr. Romano and his associates provide thorough advice on issues beyond those related to government benefits, such as seeking work visas and other immigration matters, obtaining disability pensions, handling personal injury claims, and filing for bankruptcy. We are committed to addressing your legal concerns as comprehensively as we can.
While battling health or money concerns, it can be difficult to find an attorney who treats you with the respect that you deserve. For this reason, the Social Security attorneys at the Law Offices of Joseph A. Romano are committed to treating injured individuals from the Bronx and elsewhere in the state with the utmost compassion and professionalism. Aided by over 100 years of collective legal experience, we deeply value our reputation as unrelenting advocates. If you are looking for an attorney who can fight for your rights both inside and outside the courtroom, contact the Law Offices of Joseph A. Romano at 1-855-965-1515 or through our online form. We have assisted individuals throughout New York, including in Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Astoria, Yonkers, and Riverhead.