Yonkers is the fourth largest city in the state of New York, behind New York City, Rochester, and Buffalo. Much of its population of 196,000 commutes to work in New York City, using Yonkers as a sort of sleeper community.
During the late 1800s and early 1900s, Yonkers had a strong manufacturing base, but that began to decline steadily following World War II, leaving little manufacturing in the city. Most of the employment within Yonkers is in the service industry and public service.
Yonkers boasts one of the country’s best and most used public transportation systems, including extensive bus and train service. It also houses a number of tourist attractions, including casinos, race tracks, shopping centers and museums.
Education levels in Yonkers are on par with national averages, with roughly 88% of residents holding a high school diploma and 25% holding a Bachelor’s degree or higher. Disability rates are higher than national averages, with nearly a quarter of residents living with a disability. Of those who have disabilities, 58% are able to find some form of productive employment, a number in keeping with national medians.
Over 10% of Yonkers’ population is both disabled and unemployed. For many of these, the reason they are unable to find suitable employment is a result of their disability. Those who are completely and unable to continue doing any type of meaningful work for which they are qualified may qualify for Social Security disability benefits.
To claim Social Security disability benefits, you should first contact your nearest Social Security Administration (SSA) office to inform them of your intent to file. Even if you are not sure whether you qualify, you should notify the SSA of your intent to file. Doing so early in the process can help you qualify for more back pay if your claim is eventually approved.
Apply for Yonkers Social Security Disability Benefits
After notifying the SSA of your intent to file, you should contact a Yonkers Social Security Disability attorney. There is no fee for an initial consultation. In fact, there is no fee unless you ultimately receive Social Security disability benefits (and even then it is paid out of your back pay).
Some people do choose not to use a Yonkers disability lawyer when filing for benefits. Filing on your own is legal, but your chances of having your claim approved suffer when you file by yourself. An experienced Yonkers Social Security lawyer will know how to present your claim so as to give you the best chance of being approved.
Whether you are just beginning the claims process or are mired in an appeal, a Yonkers Social Security disability lawyer can help you receive the benefits you are entitled to. The further you go into the appeals process, the more necessary it is to contract a Yonkers disability attorney. Over 70% of Social Security disability claims are denied, but those who vigorously pursue the appeals process with the help of a Yonkers Social Security lawyer usually have their denials overturned and benefits approved.
If you live in the Yonkers are, here is where to go to notify the SSA of your intent to file:
Yonkers Social Security Disability
Ste. 1000, 20 South Broadway
Yonkers, NY 10701
Yonkers Social Security Disability Resources
One of the major obstacles many people face when filing a claim for disability benefits is having the right medical documents to prove their disability. One of the reasons for this is that disabled people, after not being able to work, are often dropped by their insurance. Without the ability to access or pay for adequate medical care, many simply stop seeing their doctors.
However, you need adequate documentation showing that you are disabled and that you have been or are likely to remain completely disabled for a year or more. You may also need to show that you are disabled despite following the instructions of a doctor. Failure to continue receiving medical treatment can actually lead to you being denied for Social Security disability benefits.
If you live in the Yonkers area and cannot afford to continue with or start receiving medical care, consider going to one of these free or low cost health clinics near you:
New Life Community Health Center
82-10 Queens Blvd.
Elmhurst, NY 11373
Milennium Sistahs Inc
543 Northern Pkwy.
Uniondale, NY 11553
Your Yonkers Disability Claim
If you are applying for Social Security disability in Yonkers, it is advisable to seek the counsel of an experienced Social Security attorney. Your Yonkers disability attorney will know what the SSA is looking for in both your medical and employment related documentation. He or she can also help you with the verbiage used in filing your claim.
Small changes can make a big difference in whether a disability claim is approved or denied. Whatever stage of the claims and appeals process you are currently in; consider setting an appointment with a Yonkers Social Security lawyer for a free initial consultation today.
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