Social Security Disability Benefits in Buffalo
Understanding SSDI and SSI Benefits in Buffalo, New York
Social Security Disability Insurance is a benefit offered to Buffalo workers who have worked jobs covered by Social Security and who have paid enough in payroll taxes to be considered “insured” by the Social Security Administration. Workers will generally need 20 to 40 work credits to qualify for SSDI benefits and the amount of credits will depend on the age of the worker at the time of their disability.
Social Security Disability Insurance in Buffalo is paid to workers who are considered disabled by the Social Security Administration with either a mental or physical health condition which is so severe the worker is not able to perform substantial gainful activity (SGA) for at least 12 continuous months.
Buffalo SSDI is awarded to help the primary wage earner of the family replace their wages if they die or are unable to work. Buffalo Social Security Disability Insurance benefits can also be paid to widows, children, widowers of the SSDI recipient. SSDI claimants in Buffalo may also receive Medicare coverage 24 months after the onset date of disability.
Claimants who have not worked, who have worked but not paid taxes or who have not worked outside of the home will not qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance in New York. The Federal Government does, however, offer another social security benefits program for the blind, aged (65 years or older) or disabled. It is called Supplemental Security Income (SSI benefits) and is only awarded to claimants whose resources and income are below the levels allowed by the SSA. Buffalo Supplemental Security Income claimants, or SSI claimants, may also be eligible for Medicaid at the time of approval.
Increase your chances to qualify for benefits by hiring a social security attorney
Buffalo Social Security Lawyers add a vast amount of benefits to your disability case. Our network of local ssi and ssdi attorneys are experienced and can assist you with your case from beginning to end. Applying for social security in Buffalo can be time consuming and tedious, a disability attorney can aid you in filing all your forms and appeals if necessary. Do you have all the medical records you need to make your disability application complete? SSDI attorneys know how to compile the necessary documents. Having evidence from people such as doctors improve your chances, and once again your local SSI lawyer in Buffalo can get these. Social security disability lawyers and advocates can prepare you for an appeal case, argue your case, and represent you by giving statements.
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If you live in Buffalo, New York, or any of the other cities in the area including: Fort Erie, Sloan, Amherst, Cheektowaga, Kenmore, Grand Island, Marilla, or Clarence, you can contact the Social Security Administration in any of the following ways to apply for social security:
- Applying for disability benefits online: www.socialsecurity.gov.
- Apply and see if you qualify by calling the Social Security Administration Office at 1-800-772-1213.
- And you can always try applying for social security disability benefits by visiting the nearest Buffalo Social Security Administration Regional Office. To locate the nearest Buffalo Social Security Administration Office in your area visit the Social Security Administration site at www.socialsecurity.gov Go to the Social Security Office locator page for Buffalo and enter you zip code. This page will provide the address of the nearest Buffalo Social Security Administration Office.
If a claimant’s application is denied the claimant has 60 days to file their appeal. There are several steps in the appeals process and appeal activities are managed through the Social Security Administration Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR).
The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) for the New York Region services the residents of New York, New Jersey, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Contact information for the New York ODAR office is listed below.
Social Security Administration
Office of Adjudication and Review (ODAR)
26 Federal Plaza,
New York, New York 10278
Telephone: (212) 264-4036
Fax: (212) 264-1519
-Buffalo Regional Hearing Office
Each request for a hearing is processed by one of the Social Security Administration’s 14 hearing offices and 1 satellite office. The address and phone number for the Buffalo Regional hearing Office is listed below.
Social Security Administration
Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
50 Fountain Plaza, Suite 200,
Buffalo, New York 14202
Telephone: (866) 348-5819
Fax: Fax: (716) 551-4078
This Buffalo Regional Hearing Office services the following Social Security Administration Field Offices in New York: Amherst, Batavia, Buffalo, Dunkirk, Geneva, Greece, Jamestown, Niagara Falls, Olean, Ridge Road, and Rochester.
The Disability Determination Services (DDS) office, funded entirely through the Social Security Administration (SSA), makes disability determinations for Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income for claimants in New York. Buffalo residents with disabilities apply for benefits at their local Social Security Field Office and their SSDI or SSI applications are forwarded to DDS for a disability determination. Please note that the DDS office is different than the regular social security office. (we have also listed the social security office address in the next section)
Office of Disability Determination Services
P.O. Box 5030,
Buffalo, New York 14205-5030
Social security offices, more specifically the SSA field offices, in Buffalo often perform a full range of services. Usually claimants may apply for SSDI or SSI, replace their Social Security cards, make changes to their benefits information or the SSA will help Medicare beneficiaries with limited income and resources apply for extra help with the cost of their prescription drugs under the new Medicare Prescription Drug Program. We recommend calling the social security office before your visit to make sure that location can handle your requests. For your convenience, we have listed an area social security office for your convenience.
Social Security Administration
6540 Niagara Falls Boulevard,
Niagara Falls, NY 14304-1594
Tel: (800) 772-1213