Social Security Disability

Disability benefits

Social Security Disability

Peter M. Cordovano has a significant track record of success before the Social Security Administration in obtaining SSDI benefits for people who have been denied such benefits. We welcome the opportunity to discuss denial of your application

We will vigorously process your claim, abstract your medical records, submitted a brief on your behalf consisting of relevant facts and law, and prepare you in our offices for your hearing.

 You don’t have to continue to live off of your savings. Fill out the forms below.

You may file your appeal with the Social Security Administration (SSA) up to 60 days after the date of your unfavorable decision. In today’s practice, with so many people filing for disability benefits, the sooner Peter M. Cordovano, P.C. is able to get started on your behalf or on behalf of a loved one, the better. As soon as your claim has been denied, please complete the following forms and call our office to schedule your appointment.

Get the representation you need without the worry of payment.Your appeal representation will be on a contingency fee basis, so that you do not have to pay out of pocket. In accordance with 74 Fed. Reg. 6080, attorney fees are withheld from past due benefits you are owed. SSA permits an attorney to recover either 25% of your past due benefits or $6,000, whichever is less.


When To Apply

You can apply by calling toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213. Representatives can make an appointment for your application to be taken over the telephone, or at any convenient Social Security office People who are deaf or hard of hearing may call a toll-free “TTY” number, 1-800-325-0778, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday through Friday.

What Is Needed

  • The claims process for disability benefits is generally from 60 to 90 days, being longer than claims filed for other types of Social Security benefits.  This is because it takes time to obtain medical information from your medical service providers, and to assess the nature of the disability in terms of your ability to work. However, you can help shorten the process by bringing certain documents with you when you apply, and in helping Social Security to get any other evidence, medical or otherwise, needed to establish you are disabled. These include:

How To Apply

If you have not accumulated the requisite quarters to be eligible for SSD, an application for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which is payable based on disability and financial need may be made.

To be eligible for either SSDI or SSI benefits, the injured person must be totally disabled (i.e. unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of a medically determined mental or physical impairment). Moreover, this condition(s) must have lasted, or be expected to last, for a continuous period of at least one-year. In a workers’ compensation claim, the disability in question must be related to the injury(s) being claimed. However, in assessing eligibility for either as SDI or SSI benefits, the Social Security Administration takes into account all impairments someone may have, from whatever source.

If you are suffering from a disability and unable to earn a living, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). These are monthly benefits provided to millions of Americans through the federal government, and applying for them are often perplexing and time consuming.You should apply as soon as you become disabled. However, Social Security disability benefits will not begin until the sixth full month of disability. This waiting period begins with the first full month after the date the SSA decides your disability began. 

  • social security number;
  • birth certificate or other evidence of your date of birth;
  • military discharge papers, if you were in the military service;
  • spouse’s birth certificate and SS number if he or she is applying for benefits;
  • children’s birth certificates and SS numbers if they are applying for benefits;
  • checking/savings account information, so your benefits can be directly deposited;
  • names, addresses, and phone numbers of doctors, hospitals, clinics, and institutions that treated you and dates of treatment;
  • names of all medications you are taking;
  • medical records from your doctors, therapists, hospitals, clinics, and caseworkers;
  • laboratory and test results;
  • summary of where you worked the past 15 years and the kind of work you did;
  • copy of your W-2 Form (Wage and Tax Statement), or if you are self-employed, your federal tax return for the past year;
  • dates of prior marriages if your spouse is applying.
  • Under this initiative, the SSA finds individuals with certain diseases/conditions eligible for Social Security disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits by the nature of the disease. While applicants still have to meet other SSDI criteria and/or SSI criteria, when it comes to the disability criterion, they are considered eligible by virtue of the disease and fast-tracked for a favorable decision about their eligibility for SSDI and SSI benefits.

The Compassionate Allowance Initiative

The documents presented as evidence must be either originals, or copies certified by the issuing agency. The Administration cannot accept uncertified or notarized photocopies as evidence since they cannot verify their authenticity. Do not delay filing for benefits just because you do not have all of the information you need.

NOTE: The Social Security Administration (SSA) has added early onset/younger-onset Alzheimer’s to the list of conditions under its Compassionate Allowance Initiative, giving those with the disease expedited access to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The Alzheimer’s Association, a longtime advocate for those with early onset Alzheimer’s, has played an integrate role in this movement to reduce the length of disability decision process.

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