There are few things more frightening for someone than to receive the news that an injury or illness will prevent him or her from working. While unable to work, people still need to eat, receive medical care and pay basic living expenses. Those people in Pennsylvania who will need to miss more than 12 months of work and can prove they have worked enough years could qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Unfortunately, the process is sometimes frustrating and time-consuming, as one man has recently learned.
The man, who had previously suffered from a heart attack, sought such benefits. He claims that he actually suffered from multiple heart attacks, but had issues proving his claims due to a mix-up with his medical records. After years of trying, he was able to finally able to gather all the necessary documents he needed to prove his eligibility for the benefits.
However, he was soon to learn that quirks in the system make it difficult for the average person to navigate. His wife was approved for similar benefits after she suffered a series of strokes. As a result, their household was over the maximum amount they received, and his benefits were cut. He learned that if they were to divorce — an option they were reluctant to explore — they could both receive the maximum amount for which they were approved.
This man fought long and hard to secure the benefits he rightfully deserved. Unfortunately, many people assume that if they receive an initial denial, their case is over. Although the process may be intimidating and confusing, those in Pennsylvania who feel they are entitled to the Social Security disability insurance as they deal with their medical condition could benefit from professional representation to ensure that the process goes more smoothly and quickly than this man’s.
Source: The Journal Gazette, Disability benefit a battle of wills, Frank Gray, Sept. 12, 2013