The United States government first began awarding Social Security Disability Insurance benefits in 1958. Barkan Meizlish, LLP attorneys began representing claimants in 1960. There are very few law firms with more experience than Barkan Meizlish, LLP in this field of law. Our lawyers regularly assist and represent clients throughout the United States.

If you have a physical or mental health condition that prevents you from working at any job for at least 12 months, you may be eligible for Social Security disability and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) monthly benefits. You may also be able to collect a lump sum as a retroactive payment.

These individuals who have paid social security taxes in connection with their previous employment may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits. To qualify for SSDI you must have worked at least 5 of the last 10 years. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are available for adults who have not worked and who meet certain income and resource requirements. Children may qualify for social security benefits, if they suffer from marked and severe impairments in functioning.

You can apply at any Social Security office or online at Most people who apply are initially denied but many of these people ultimately receive benefits. It is important not to give up. Our lawyers can help.

Barkan Meizlish, LLP attorneys have years of experience representing people like you. We are familiar with the Social Security regulations and procedures. We will evaluate your case, file all needed appeals, gather medical records to establish the severity or your conditions, prepare you to testify at the hearing, attend the hearing with you and submit arguments on your behalf.

If you think you may have a Social Security Disability claim, please call our toll free number or complete the contact form on this website. We can help you no matter where you live. We will conduct an initial consultation to determine whether you may be eligible for benefits. There is no charge for our initial consultation. In the case we agree to represent you we charge only 25% of the total sum of the benefits retroactively awarded. There is no fee if you lose, although you will be asked to cover expenses for obtaining medical records.

Our other practice areas include: Workers’ Compensation, Wage and Hour/Overtime Violations, Social Security Disability/SSI, Labor and Employment, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury.