Compassionate Partial Disability Lawyers in Brooklyn and Staten Island New York

At Severance, Burko, Spalter & Masone, PC we fight for your disability benefits

As a result of the Social Security Administration disability classifications, the benefits for total disabilities differ from those of partial disabilities. Each type can be devastating because they directly impact our ability to earn a living. It is important to understand the distinction between these types of disabilities:


  • Total Disability – This occurs when a worker cannot earn any wages.
  • Partial Disability – This occurs when a worker has lost some ability to earn wages but is still able to perform some job functions, such as light-duty tasks.


At Severance, Burko, Spalter & Masone, PC, we handle all types of disability claims, helping clients obtain the benefits they are entitled to under law. We help clients determine their disability status and seek the correlating benefits.

We have extensive experience dealing with intricate, complex disability laws

Having a partial disability means that your ability to work is impaired but not to the extent that you cannot work at all. The types of work available depend on a number of issues ranging from the extent of your disability to your prior work experience, age and education. There are also different types of partial disability to be aware of:


  • Temporary Partial Disability: Happens when your wage-earning capacity is lost only partially and for a temporary amount of time.
  • Permanent Partial Disability: This is when part of the employee's wage-earning capacity has been permanently lost.
  • Total Industrial Disability: Occurs when you have a partial disability but are unable to work due to compounding factors (such as age and work experience). It allows you to receive the same benefits as a person with a permanent total disability.


Our law firm provides you with over 35 years of disability legal experience

If you are deemed partially disabled you must look for work and accept employment you are capable of. Workers' compensation may pay a percentage of lost wages based on the level of your incapacitation. If you obtain employment at a lesser rate of pay than before the accident, you might qualify for reduced earnings benefits if the disability is the reason for the reduction in earnings. Failing to make a good faith effort to return to work may be deemed a "Voluntary Withdrawal from the Labor Market," resulting in loss of benefits. It crucial to have an attorney inform you of your rights and options and advise you while making key decisions regarding your disability.

If you need assistance with a partial disability claim, contact us now

Coping with injury while dealing with a disability claim can be a daunting task but having a reliable attorney at your side makes things go as smoothly as possible. At Severance, Burko, Spalter & Masone, PC we understand your needs and provide a wealth of knowledge and experience dealing with disability legal issues. We provide services in Spanish and English to people in Brooklyn, Staten Island and the surrounding areas. Contact us today at (718) 625-2300 to set up a free initial consultation.