Hartford Disability Lawyer



Rob Levine & Associates’ informative site on Social Security / Disability practice in Hartford, CT. Here you will find useful information pertaining to types of disability, how to qualify, and the process of getting your claim approved. If you have additional questions or think you are ready to speak to a lawyer about your disability matter, call now.




The Social Security system is designed to help people with financial and medical needs who have paid into the system throughout their working careers. Often, however, getting Social Security medical benefits claims approved can be a trying ordeal. Most folks assume that getting benefits is a straightforward process. The truth is that the Social Security Administration actually denies more claims each year than it approves.

Have you had a social security claim denied? Call the Hartford disability lawyers at Rob Levine & Associates. We work every day on behalf of clients to ensure they get the financial and medical benefits they deserve for paying into the system over their working careers. The Social Security Administration denies most claims because they know that most people will simply become frustrated and give up on the claim. We make sure they are held to their full responsibility and that you get the treatment you are owed under the law.


There’s no doubt that getting your Social Security claim approved can be a nightmare. We take that burden from you and handle all of the legal filings, negotiations, and follow up to ensure that your claim is handled properly. The administration, like all government agencies, can be a huge tangle of bureaucracy, and getting anything done can seem like a never-ending process.

As lawyers that deal with Social Security and disability cases every day, we have the expertise to get things done. We know the claims process inside and out, and we’ll work to make sure your claim is approved.

Call us today! We offer a free consultation, and we are literally here any time you need us. You can reach us 24 hours a day on the toll-free line, or you can use the chat function in the bottom right of this page to reach a live operator.

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FAQs About Your


What is a compassionate allowance?
In order to decrease the decision time for a claim, the SSA has identified a list of conditions that have already met their standards for disability benefits. This initiative was created to help those with serious disabilities by simplifying the process. There are two ways your condition will qualify you for benefits under the CAL Initiative.
  • If you have a listed illness or disease that is the same as listed in the schedule of diseases listed on the SSA website, you may automatically qualify for benefits.
  • If your disability has the same signs and symptoms as a disease listed on the schedule under the CAL Initiative, then you may qualify for benefits as well.
Can I receive SSI and SSDI benefits at the same time?
In order to receive concurrent benefits, there are going to be two separate tests. The standard to receive benefits medically is the same in both programs. The difference between the two programs is your work history and income level. In order to qualify for SSDI, you must have worked for the last five years and paid into the Social Security system. If you qualify for SSDI and your monthly compensation is less than the maximum amount, currently $783, you could be eligible under the SSI program. Remember, you must qualify for each one individually. In order to qualify for SSI, you must not have income greater than the maximum nor can your net worth be greater than $3,000. This looks at both your income and your household income. For example, if you were receiving $500 for SSDI, you could qualify for $283 under the SSI program.
Why do I need a lawyer to help me apply for SSDI?
Hiring an attorney to help you with your Social Security Disability application is beneficial as it can decrease the length of time it takes for you to get an approval. Their experience in these cases allows them to know what information and documentation you need to receive the maximum amount of benefits.
What happens if my SSDI claim has been denied?
There are two reasons for the denial. The first is that the SSA indicates that you are not qualified for either the SSDI or the SSI program, or both. This is based on your work history, your household income, and your net worth. Generally, unless you believe they are making an error as to what you paid into the social security system or your income level, this is not something that attorneys generally appeal. The second is that the SSA determines that you are not medically qualified for benefits--meaning they believe that you are able to perform gainful employment or your medical condition doesn't qualify. This could be grounds for appeal.  There are four levels of appeal at the administrative or agency level. In order of application, you begin by filing an initial claim. You then file for reconsideration, you then go before an administrative law judge for a hearing, and finally, you can appeal the administrative law judge's decision before the appeals council. You can be approved or denied at any of those four levels. After you have exhausted all four agency levels, you can either start your application over and remain at the administrative level by filing a new initial claim. Or, you can file an appeal by the appeals counsel leaving the agency level and appealing to the federal district court.  
If I don’t have enough work history, or any at all, can I still receive benefits?
Although you may not be able to receive SSDI benefits, you can still apply for Supplemental Security Insurance. Since this is a program based on financial need, you can qualify for these benefits if you do not exceed the Social Security Administration’s limit for income and/or assets.

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