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Welcome to the Law Offices of Suzanne M. Carter!

Our mission is to provide compassionate legal representation to protect your rights to disability insurance benefits – now and in the future. Ms. Carter offers you two decades of medical experience combined with her cutting-edge legal skills. Someone who understands your medical condition and how it affects your ability to work is critical to winning your case. When the Social Security Administration appoints a medical expert and/or vocational expert to your case, cross-examination of the experts requires considerable knowledge of your medical and vocational issues along with Social Security law. Ms. Carter knows how these all play together and she will present your case in the best manner possible. Everyone's story is different and she will make sure your story is heard.

Social Security Disability versus Supplemental Security Income

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits consist of monthly payments and/or Medicare benefits which provide compensation to those who are totally disabled from performing substantial gainful work of any kind.

Social Security benefits can be obtained through two programs:

Both SSDI and SSI have the same medical requirements. However, SSDI requires a person to have worked at least 5 of the last 10 years full time. SSI, on the other hand, is based solely on financial need, regardless of prior work history. Under either program, a person must meet the same requirements of disability.

5 Step Process to Determine Disability

1. Are you working? If you are and your earnings average more than $1,010 a month, you generally cannot be considered disabled.

2. Is your condition severe? Your impairments must interfere with basic work-related activities for your claim to be considered.

3. Is your condition found in the list of disabling impairments? Social Security maintains a list of impairments for each major body system which are so severe they automatically mean you are disabled. If your condition is not on the list, Social Security must decide if it is of equal severity to an impairment on the list, and if so, the claim is approved.

4. Can you do the work you did previously? If your condition is severe but not of same or equal severity with an impairment on the list, Social Security determines if it interferes with your ability to do the work you did in the last 15 years. If it does not, your claim is denied. If it does, further consideration is given.

5. Can you do any other type of work? If you cannot do the type of work you did in the last 15 years, Social Security determines if you can do any other type of work with consideration given to age, education, past work experience, and transferable skills. If you cannot do any other type of work, your claim is approved. If you can, your claim is denied.

Contact us first for a new application or if you have been denied. In most cases, you must file a written appeal within 65 days of the date on the denial letter (60 days plus 5 days for mailing).

Areas Served: Representation across the United States with offices in New York and New Jersey. Our affiliates are nationwide.

Locations: Law Offices of Suzanne M. Carter

347 Fifth Ave, Suite 1402-602, New York, NY 10016
7612 Bergenline Ave, North Bergen, NJ 07047

We also make home and hospital visits. Call us at 877-706-3335
Email: info@smcarterlaw.com