Disability Under Social Security


After a serious illness, personal injury, or an on-the-job accident, you may be wanting to hire a social security disability lawyer because you’re too sick or injured to work at any job. To receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration, your disabling injury or condition must have lasted or be expected to last at least one year or result in death.

There are rules and laws in place that dictate what constitutes a disability in reference to becoming eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI):

  • Social Security Disability Insurance pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are “insured,” meaning that you had worked long enough before your accident and paid Social Security taxes.
  • Supplemental Security Income pays benefits based on financial need.

Choosing a social security lawyer to represent you before the Social Security Administration is an important decision. At Erwin, McCane & Daly, we concentrate our practice solely on disability under Social Security law and workers’ compensation claims. Our social security lawyers use their collective professional experience to help you navigate the maze of forms needed to have your claim application for SSA benefits approved.

Our social security lawyers help you from the beginning of the process to the end, establishing whether you qualify to receive SSDI or SSI benefits, completing and filing a claim on your behalf, and appealing your claim in the event that it is denied.

Our clients always have direct access to our social security lawyers rather than sending messages back and forth through assistants. We take the time to keep you abreast of each development in your case and to make sure you understand your options.


We have answered many frequently asked questions regarding Social Security Disability benefits on this website. However, these are no substitutes for professional legal representation. Our social security lawyers offer a free initial consultation in which we can answer more specific questions about your case.

If you have questions for our social security lawyers, call 518-380-6310 or use our contact form to schedule a free initial consultation. You won’t pay anything unless we’re successful in getting a settlement for you.