Social Security Disability
The Bucks County and Montgomery County Social Security Disability lawyers at High Swartz are here to help you get the benefits you deserve.
Our SSD lawyers understand that Social Security Disability is not a hand-out. These are benefits that have been earned. If you are unable to work and applied for Social Security disability benefits and were denied, do not be discouraged. In fact, as many as 65 percent of all first-time claims are not approved. By law, you are eligible for disability benefits if you have worked the minimum number of years based on your age and:
- You can no longer perform the work you had been doing for medical reasons.
- Your condition prevents you from doing other types of work.
- You suffer total disability resulting from a medical condition that is expected to last at least one year.
Being denied SSD benefits is frustrating and can cause extreme economic hardships for you and your family. High Swartz Social Security Disability lawyers file accurate first-time claims and routinely represent clients in Bucks County, Montgomery County and throughout southeastern Pennsylvania in appeals. You have earned the right to benefits. We help you get them.
Tips for Filing for Social Security Disability Benefits
While having all your documentation in good order does not guarantee a first-time approval, being prepared improves your chances and also helps in the event that your initial claim is denied. Here are good tips for claimants:
Determine your eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits — Eligibility is based on your work history and your medical condition. If you are not yet of full retirement age and you have a total disability that keeps you out of work for at least one year, you may qualify. Disabilities may be physical, cognitive, psychiatric or psychological, but they must be on the list of impairments and conditions recognized by the Social Security Administration.
Do not delay in filing a claim — At the very minimum, there is a five-month waiting period before you are owed disability benefits. However, since the start date is not the date on which you filed but rather the established onset date, you may have to wait even longer. The sooner you file the sooner you may be able to receive benefits.
Get your disability confirmation in writing from your physician — The Social Security Administration requires confirmation of the medical condition that caused your disability. It is imperative that you get records from your doctor to support your claim. You should gather comprehensive medical records to help satisfy the government’s requirements.
Document your work history — Generally, you need to have worked for at least five of the last 10 years to qualify for disability benefits. Your work history is also important in determining if you have any residual functioning capacity (RFC) and what job activities you may or may not be able to accomplish. Your work history should not be just a list of places you have worked — it should include a detailed job description.
Get experienced legal assistance — Similar to workers’ compensation, filing a claim for Social Security Disability is seldom as simple and straightforward as you would hope. Missed deadlines or inaccuracies in documentation can lead to delays or denials of benefits. When you and your family are depending on the money from Social Security disability, waiting even a few more days can be critical. With four decades of experience helping people get the benefits to which they are entitled, we know how to move your claim along as quickly as possible.
Even if you have been denied initially, do not give up — As disheartening as it may be, remember that it is not unusual for a claim to be denied. You can appeal your claim within 60 days — and with help from our lawyers, you have a better chance of prevailing. The appeals process in Pennsylvania starts with a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ) during which you and a vocational expert are questioned and any new medical evidence is examined. If the ALJ still denies your claim, we can take your case to the Appeals Council, which has the option to reverse the judge’s decision, order a second hearing or issue another denial.
If necessary, we continue your appeal by filing a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court.
Let us help you get the Social Security disability benefits you have earned.Our Social Security Disability attorneys include: