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Heritage Tree LogoWhat You Need to Know About Social Security Disability Benefits

When someone develops a medical condition or is seriously injured, they may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. In many cases, these benefits will allow these individuals to continue with their lives without the worry of being unable to return to work. If you believe that you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, it is critical that you retain the services of a knowledgeable Pennsylvania attorney who can work to ensure that you receive such benefits. Additionally, you should understand that if you’ve been denied these benefits, our firm can appeal your denial and work to obtain the benefits you truly require. Please continue reading and speak with our firm to learn more. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How do I know if I qualify for Social Security Disability benefits?

Not everyone qualifies for these benefits. To qualify, you will have to provide various documentation to prove that your injury or medical condition prevents you from returning to work indefinitely. Furthermore, to qualify, your disability will have to be included in the guidelines issued by the Social Security Administration. Some of the medical conditions that may qualify for SSD benefits are as follows:

  • Arthritis
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Joint damage
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Hearing impairments
  • Stroke
  • Depression/anxiety
  • Schizophrenia
  • Back injuries

What can I do if my SSD claim was denied?

If your Social Security Disability application was denied, the first thing you should do is hire an experienced attorney who can work to appeal the decision on your behalf. That being said, you must do so swiftly–in fact, you only have 60 days after being denied benefits to appeal the decision. Our firm has significant experience handling the appeals process, which is as follows:

  • First, reconsideration will take place, wherein a third party will examine your application, as well as the new evidence our firm provided in our appeal.
  • Next, there will be a hearing with an administrative judge, wherein you may submit additional information regarding your medical condition. You will also have the opportunity to bring in medical experts to speak about your condition and support your claim.
  • If the administrative judge denied your claim, the Appeals Court may conduct a claim.
  • Finally, if your claim has been denied by the Appeals Council, we can request a review by the Federal Court. The Federal Court will be the final party who determines whether your claim is approved or denied. If approved, you shall receive the disability benefits you deserve. Our firm is ready to take you through every step of the process to work to ensure you receive the benefits to which you are entitled.


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