Paul Giannetti Attorney at Law

Social Security Disability

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a program that pays benefits to disabled people who cannot work due to medical condition.  People are often unsure as to whether they qualify for SSDI. It’s no wonder why: the application process and requirements can be confusing. There are three essential criteria you must meet to qualify for [...]


The Social Security Law provides that benefits may be payable to an individual under the age of 18 in certain circumstances. Part of the relevant test involves demonstrating that the child has a specific impairment which meets a severity test and is expected to result in death or last at least 12 months. For a [...]


If You Can Not Survive On Your Partial Disability Payments-Look To Unemployment

November 20, 2012

If you have been deemed partially disabled under the New York State Workers’ Compensation Law, the maximum amount that you are eligible to receive is 50% of your average weekly wage.  In most instances, partial disability payments are even less than ½ of your pre-injury earnings.  Needless to say, it is impossible for many people [...]

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Your Doctors’ Role in the Outcome of Your Case

September 10, 2012

Simply put, your doctors’ willingness to provide written opinions regarding your medical conditions can often make or break your Social Security case. Some physicians in the Upstate New York/Albany, NY area are more that happy to complete detailed information regarding a patients disability. Others can’t be bothered with paperwork. Finding a cooperative doctor can be [...]

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Can Social Security Disability Benefits be Taxed?

September 7, 2012

We strongly recommend consulting your tax professional for specific advice regarding your tax situation. However, those filing individual tax returns that earn more than $25,000.00 will be taxed by the Federal Government on their Social Security Disability benefits. Those filing joint returns can be taxed if their income is more than $32,000.00. Again, the tax [...]

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What Happens At My Social Security Hearing?

September 5, 2012

If you are expecting a hearing in Albany, Gloversville or Glens Falls, New York you will likely be pleased with treatment you receive from the Law Judge at your hearing. All of our local judges are cordial and thorough in conducting the hearing process and astute in making a decision on your claim. In the [...]

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Waiting For a Decision On Your Social Security Claim

September 3, 2012

How long will it take for a decision to be made? This is an important question every Social Security applicant wants answered. There are no hard and fast rules, however, a good estimate is that it will take between 3 and 6 months after your initial application is filed before you get a decision on [...]

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Will Social Security Send Me to Their Doctor?

September 2, 2012

The Social Security Administration contracts with physicians to perform physical examinations and render opinions regarding a claimant’s ability to perform certain physical activities. Social Security makes a determination as to whether or not they would like you to be evaluated by one of their doctors. In most cases, they do not set up an examination. [...]

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The Pre-Existing Condition

August 29, 2012

The term pre-existing condition or injury pertains to a medical problem that you may have suffered before the injury which is now being claimed. Almost 100% of the time the insurance carrier and their attorneys will investigate whether or not a claimant has suffered similar injury in the past. Insurance attorneys are experts at turning [...]

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Getting Ready for Your Social Security Hearing

August 25, 2012

When a Social Security Disability hearing date has been set, our office will often schedule a face-to-face meeting or teleconference with you a few days before your hearing. At that meeting we will explain, specifically, the type of questions that will be asked. We often do a “simulated hearing” where I ask the questions that [...]

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