Social Security Disability
No one thinks that they will be the one to suffer a disability. It's not something we plan out. But it does happen and that's why disability benefits are available through social security. Regardless of your age, if you're unable to work because you've become medically disabled and that disability is expected to last no less than 12 months, then you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. Benefits may also be available to children and spouses depending on each individual situation. The Social Security system can be complicated to navigate - you don't have to go at it alone; our social security lawyer can help.
Most often, making a Social Security claim is not a simple one-step process. The best course of action is to seek an experienced lawyer as soon as a disability occurs. Our team of dedicated disability lawyers is well-versed and experienced in every aspect of the claim process. Laws and regulations may have time limits for action; you could lose your rights by waiting.
We represent individuals throughout Pennsylvania who have claims or appeals for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income. For most individuals, obtaining Social Security benefits is a frustrating process. The first step is to file a claim with the local Social Security office. Many claims are denied the first time submitted. If your claim is denied, the next step is a hearing held before an Administrative Law Judge.
Our law firm represents those clients on Social Security by preparing and filing the appropriate appeal paperwork and other required forms, as well as compiling all the medical evidence and presenting our client's testimony at the hearing. In addition, we defend your Social Security disability claim against the State's medical and vocational experts. We have also successfully argued before the Appeals Council.Eligibility
A person is eligible for Social Security Disability benefits if he/she is unable to hold a job because of a diagnosed medical problem, physical or mental, which has persisted or will persist at least one year and/or is expected to result in death.Waiting Period
Benefits begin in the sixth full month of disability, following a waiting period, which begins with the first full month of disability. A person should apply as soon as a disability begins so that benefits are received as soon as possible.
Apply at your local Social Security office.
The Social Security office will ask for this information when you apply for benefits:
- Social Security number
- Proof of age
- Name, address, phone number, and dates of service from all doctors or medical institutions that treated you
- Work History for the past 15 years, including a description of the work you performed
- A copy of your most recent W-2 or, if self-employed, Federal tax return
- Dates of any prior marriages if your spouse is applying
If your claim is denied or you disagree with part of Social Security's decision, you can appeal. You must file an appeal within 60 days of receipt of the decision. If you don't, your right to appeal may be lost. For help with your appeal, call our office.
If you have questions regarding a Social Security disability claim or appeal, please e-mail or call one of our experienced Pennsylvania Social Security lawyer today to schedule your initial consultation.
The team at Michael J. O'Connor & Associates is ready to begin tackling your legal problem today. Email or call our toll free number at 1.800.518.4LAW for a free initial consultation and review of your case.