Berger and Green can help you understand your eligibility for Social Security Disability (SSD) programs, file your claim, or fight for your benefits if the Social Security Administration denies your claim. We know how stressful it is not to be able to work to earn a living. Disability benefits may be the only way to continue to have an income after an injury or illness limits your abilities.
To learn more what your SSD options are in Allison Park, PA, call or text 412-661-1400. We offer free case reviews and an Allison Park, PA social security disability lawyer can discuss your options with you today.
Getting Pennsylvania SSD Requires You to Prove Your Medical Impairment
To get disability benefits, the Social Security Administration requires you to have the medical evidence needed to prove you suffer from a qualifying impairment. They outline the qualifying impairments and the criteria you must meet for each diagnosis in a publication known as the Blue Book.
The Blue Book contains a listing of impairments that could qualify you for monthly disability payments as long as you meet the requirements under that listing and all technical qualifications.
Most of the impairment listings include having several types of medical evidence to prove your condition. Examples include:
- X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, and other imaging scans
- Clinical and laboratory testing results
- Notes about your treatment and outcome
- Surgical notes
- Other information from your doctor about your diagnosis, condition, and prognosis
When you file a claim for disability in Allison Park, PA, your local Social Security field office will check to see you meet the technical qualifications then forward your application to the Pennsylvania Bureau of Disability Determination. A doctor from the Bureau of Disability Determination will then request your medical records using the information you provide on your application.
They will use your medical evidence to determine if you qualify for disability in one of two ways:
- Using the impairment listings in the Blue Book; or
- Based on your residual functional capacity (RFC)
Your RFC is an evaluation of your remaining abilities. There are three ways the disability examiner may determine if your RFC qualifies you for benefits. This includes:
- The doctor from the Bureau of Disability Determination can evaluate your abilities; or
- They can ask your doctor to evaluate your abilities; or
- They can ask you to attend a consultative examination with an independent doctor
If they find you cannot work your previous job or any other job you might qualify for, they will likely approve you for disability benefits.
Understanding the Disability Programs Available to Allison Park Residents with Qualifying Impairments
There are two different disability programs you could qualify for in Allison Park, PA, and elsewhere in the Pittsburgh suburbs. These programs serve different purposes, so it is important to understand how they work before you apply.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
SSDI is a program for workers who cannot work because of their physical or mental health concerns. SSDI bridges the gap between when a worker can work and when they reach full retirement age for Social Security retirement payments. To get SSDI, you must have enough work credits earned from working over the last five to ten years. Younger applicants may qualify with fewer work credits.
You also need to have a monthly earned income below the current Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) limits. It is important to note, though, that this is not an income-based program. You can continue to earn money from investments and other unearned income sources.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
SSI is a program designed to support those who have few resources. Applicants must meet strict income and asset limits, and this includes almost all types of income. There are no work credit requirements for this program, meaning those who have never worked or have not worked recently may qualify.
Let Berger and Green Help You Fight for the Disability Benefits You Deserve
The Allison Park, PA social security disability lawyers from Berger and Green can help you fight for Social Security Disability. This includes taking a close look at your eligibility, double-checking your claim, and handling the process for you. We can step in at any point in the process. Our legal team will:
Review Your Case
We offer case reviews and will look at your eligibility for free. We can help you understand which program fits your needs best and help you prepare your claim. If you already got all the information you need to file, we can double-check your information and help reduce the risk of a technical denial. Call us today at 412-661-1400 to get started.
File Your Claim
Our team can file your claim on your behalf. We will ensure everything is ready to file and submit your application and supporting materials to the local Social Security field office. Before we do this, though, we will ensure you have all the correct contact information for your medical care providers, as well as other vital information.
Fighting a Denial
If the Social Security Administration denies your initial application for disability, our attorneys can help you appeal this decision. You only have a short time to act, so it is imperative you act quickly by calling us at 412-661-1400. We can request your appeal hearing if there is enough time to do so. We can also:
- Investigate your denial
- Build a strong case to show you meet qualifications
- Represent you before the Administrative Law Judge overseeing your hearing
- Present the case we build during the appeal hearing
- Fight for your monthly benefits, back pay, and retroactive benefits
Pursuing Additional Compensation
In addition to fighting for the disability benefits you deserve, our attorneys can pursue damages on your behalf if you suffered injuries in a personal injury accident. For many people, these injuries cause or contribute to impairments that prevent them from working and earning a living. Call us today at 412-661-1400 to learn more.
Talk to an Allison Park, PA Social Security Disability Lawyer
Berger and Green can help you pursue the disability benefits you need and deserve. Let an Allison Park, PA social security disability lawyer handle filing your claim or fighting a denial.
Call or text us today at 412-661-1400 for a free evaluation of your case.