If you are unable to work for a year or more because of disability, and you meet other eligibility criteria, you may qualify to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Assuming that you are, in fact, disabled, your main task at present is to verify to the Social Security Administration (SSA) that you are eligible.
Mention All Potentially Qualifying Health Problems When You Apply
As you prepare to apply for benefits, be sure to include mention of all physical problems that affect your ability to work such as:
- Joint injury
- Burn injury
- Nerve damage
- Repetitive trauma injury
Many newly disabled workers make the mistake of omitting key pieces of information on their initial applications. This makes appeals even more difficult than they need to be in case of a denial.
Many people have multiple health problems that could help document their qualification for SSD benefits, but they neglect to present a full picture of their health when first applying. However, they may fail to recognize that other disorders that they have lived with for a long time may strengthen their cases. They may naturally be focused on particular ailments that make it difficult or impossible for them to work as they once did.
Some crisis such as loss of limb, head trauma or knee injury, a heart attack, a diagnosis of cancer, or onset of multiple sclerosis or an acute psychological disorder may lead a person to stop working and look for other sources of income such as SSD benefits. Leaving out details on the initial application can doom the effectiveness of a later appeal. This is a clear example of why it is smart to consult with an experienced attorney from the outset.
No Fee Unless Our Pennsylvania Social Security Disability Lawyers Get Results
At Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo in Philadelphia, we handle all cases on a contingency basis. We get paid only if you receive compensation in your case or if we prevent the insurance company from stopping or altering your benefits. To schedule a free initial consultation, email us or call us at 570-622-8297 or toll free at 877-794-2396.