When a Pennsylvania resident is left unable to work following an injury or an illness, there is no question that he or she deserves assistance. Many disabled people do not know how to begin the process of seeking help. For some, the solution lies in the office of an attorney knowledgeable about the state’s social security programs.
Most citizens already understand that social security disability benefits exist to help the disabled who cannot earn an income by working. What they may not understand is that there are strict rules and regulations associated with social security disability. This blog post is meant to be a basic primer to help the disabled pursue social security benefits.
Who is eligible for disability benefits?
American citizens who cannot work because of medical conditions estimated to continue for at least one year or to result in death. Social security programs do not cover partial or short-term disabilities.
What is the process of applying for benefits?
Claimants can apply for benefits online by visiting the social security website. They may also call the administration’s toll-free number and make an appointment to file over the phone or in a local social security office.
How long will it take to receive an approval or denial?
It can take from three to five months to process a disability benefits application. As such it is important to file an application as soon as possible. Gathering the necessary documentation can speed up the application process.
What kind of information is required?
The Social Security Administration needs several pieces of information. Examples include your social security number, your birth certificate, your medical records, your employment information and your most recent tax returns.
Is hiring an attorney necessary?
It is not required, but for many attorney representation is indispensable. Benefits of acquiring a lawyer include legal protection, assistance gathering the required documentation and representation if your claim is denied.
Source: Social Security Administration, “Disability Benefits,” accessed Aug. 18, 2016