Established in 1936, Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo has always been committed to doing right by people who are unable to work due to an illness or injury. When you come to us, you can be certain that our Pennsylvania attorneys are ready to give your case the attention it deserves. This includes direct attention from a trusted and experienced attorney.
What You Need To Know About Social Security Disability
If you are unable to work due to a disability, there are some things you should know about your Social Security rights:
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) exist to help people who are unable to earn sufficient income.
- If you have been hurt in a workplace accident, you may be eligible for both workers' compensation and Social Security Disability.
- Having your disability claim denied is not the end of the process. You still have options available to help you get the benefits you need.
Common Questions Concerning Social Security
Our Philadelphia SSDI attorneys help people pursue SSDI benefits. We sit down and explain all aspects of the process, including:
- How SSDI differs from SSI — These benefits have different requirements for eligibility. SSDI benefits accrue to workers according to lifetime taxable working income. SSI income is available to older adults or individuals with disabilities whose income and assets fall below a certain threshold.
- What Social Security for children includes — We can help families apply for or appeal denials of Social Security Disability benefits for children who have a range of disabilities.
- How you can apply for Social Security Disability — Our attorneys can guide you through the process of collecting the necessary paperwork and medical documentation needed to apply for SSDI. If your claim is denied, we can represent you in the appeals process.
- The appeals process for denied disability claims — The appeals process can be complicated, and take months to complete. We can help collect the essential medical records, work history and other required documentation to make a successful appeal. Most SSDI claims get initially appealed. We can provide you with the long-term perspective you need to keep pursuing your valid claim in the face of a denial.
- The right to work while still receiving benefits? — You may be able to work while you are receiving benefits, but there will be limits regarding how many hours you can work and how much money you can make per month while collecting benefits. Speak with a lawyer about your particular situation if you are receiving benefits and considering taking on part-time work.
Among the many services the lawyers at Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo provide, we will prepare you for your disability hearing. With our guidance, you can anticipate the questions you may be asked at your hearing, and also amass helpful documentation about your injuries, making sure that you apply for a hearing within 60 days if your claim is denied.
Working With Your Medical Providers
We communicate with time-pressed doctors and collect important medical records that are necessary for your claim. Doctors can be resistant to working with lawyers and doing the required paperwork to support your claim. You have other concerns to attend to than dealing with such issues. Therefore, we take this burden out of your hands and allow for you and your family to focus on healing.
How Do I Qualify For SSDI?
You might qualify for SSDI if you suffer from a qualifying disability or a terminal illness that prevents you from working or performing your normal responsibilities at work for at least 12 months. Additionally, your work history must show that you have worked enough years to be eligible for benefits, which we can help you evaluate. Benefits are payable to blind or disabled workers, their children, widowers and adults disabled since childhood.
How Do I Qualify For SSI?
SSI is available for people aged 65 or older and disabled or blind adults or children. SSI is an assistance program that is not based on work history and is meant to help people of limited income and resources pay for living expenses.
What If My Claim Is Denied?
Many people come to us for help when they have been denied Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). A denial letter from the Social Security Administration is not the end of the qualification process for benefits. Most applications are denied at first. Applications require detailed documentation of work and medical history and other documents demonstrating fulfillment of requirements with several nuances.
Our experienced attorneys help clients throughout Pennsylvania obtain necessary documentation, working in collaboration with their doctors and employers to ensure all application requirements are completed as fully as possible. We are advocates working diligently on behalf of our diverse clientele, and we can guide you through the process of how to apply for Social Security Disability benefits with the best opportunity for success.
Free Consultation With Experienced Attorneys
At our law firm, we handle all Social Security Disability cases on a contingency basis. We do not charge a fee unless we are able to get benefits for you. We can stand by your side at all points of the process. Whether you have questions about your initial application for Social Security Disability or you have been denied, you can turn to us. Contact us to set up your free consultation at 215-310-0001 or toll free at 877-794-2396.