If You Can't Work, You May Qualify For SSD

It can be devastating to be unable to work due to a physical or mental injury, or illness.

Fortunately, individuals who can prove to the Social Security Administration (SSA) that they are unable to work due to a condition that has lasted, or will be expected to last for 12 consecutive months may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

SSDI benefits are provided by the government to assist individuals who are unable to work due to injury or illness. To qualify, the claimant must have earned enough credits by paying into the system through taxed income, and must be unable to engage in substantial gainful employment. Our attorneys can explain the qualification process to you.

Many physical and psychological ailments may qualify an individual for SSDI or SSI, including:

  • Asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)
  • Arthritis
  • Back injuries
  • Cancer
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Dermatological conditions like dermatitis
  • Degenerative disk disease
  • Depression/anxiety
  • Diabetes
  • Heart failure or coronary disease
  • Hepatitis
  • Immune system disorders like HIV/AIDS
  • Irritable bowel disorder
  • Kidney disease
  • Learning disorders and mental disabilities
  • Liver disease
  • Neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Parkinson's disease and epilepsy
  • Schizophrenia
  • Vision and hearing loss

The key to winning a claim is to ensure that all documentation including medical evidence clearly establishes the disability to the SSA. The claims process can be difficult, frustrating and time consuming - it is common for initial claim applications to be denied due to simple paperwork mistakes, insufficient submissions, or unfamiliarity with the legal requirements. Our lawyers know how to present complete, accurate and compelling evidence on behalf of our clients so they get the benefits they deserve. Even if a claim has been previously denied, we can still help individuals acquire disability benefits and recover past-due benefits.

Our knowledgeable attorneys help individuals in all stages of the Social Security Disability claim process, including assisting with:

  • Completing notice of appeal forms
  • Contacting all medical providers to obtain needed records
  • Presenting all information to the SSA in a timely manner
  • If needed, presenting a case to the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review and request an on-the-record decision
  • Handling hearings
  • Handling appeals
  • Pursuing the claim in federal court

If you are unable to work because of disability or illness, let our experienced attorneys assist you. Call 215-809-3689 or send our office an email today.

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