If you become disabled and unable to work, you likely are counting on Social Security Disability benefits to assist you and your family. If you meet certain eligibility requirements, you may qualify for one or both Social Security Disability programs, depending on your work history and earnings.
Applying and qualifying for Social Security Disability, however, is not always easy, and many people are denied benefits. A Beaver County Social Security Disability Lawyer from Berger and Green can guide you through the appeals process if you receive a denial of your claim.
At Berger and Green, we can explain the eligibility requirements you need to meet to qualify for Social Security Disability. We can help ensure that the Social Security Administration has all the records and information needed from your medical providers.
With our help, you will better understand the process as you go through each step. Call us today at (412) 661-1400 and get more information about your Social Security Disability eligibility.
Social Security Disability Benefits
The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers two different programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. These federal programs provide millions of disabled persons with monthly financial assistance.
Some adults receive a combination of SSDI and SSI, depending on their work histories and other individual circumstances.
As you work throughout your life, you have made mandatory contributions from your earnings to the Social Security trust fund. When you, or, in some cases, your spouse or your parent has sufficient work credits or earnings, you will become insured in case of disability.
Insured status means that you would qualify for monthly SSDI benefits if you met all of the other program requirements. More specifically, you would need to show medical and other evidence that you meet the definition of disability that SSA uses.
The SSI program offers monthly benefits for disabled persons who have not worked enough to become eligible for SSDI or who are eligible only for a limited amount of SSI.
SSI benefits, which come from general federal tax revenues, require eligible people to meet the SSA definition of disability and strict limits on monthly income and resources. As a result, SSI benefits only are available for families whose household income and resources are below specific thresholds that the federal government has established.
No matter whether you may qualify for SSDI, SSI, or a combination of the two, a Beaver County Social Security Disability Lawyer from Berger and Green can help you appeal a denial for Social Security Disability. We can help you understand what evidence you need to meet all relevant eligibility requirements and work to furnish SSA with the information that they need to decide on your claim.Meeting the SSA Definition of Disability
The SSA considers you disabled if your physical or mental impairments prevent you from engaging in substantial gainful activity. Your impairments must have lasted or be expected to last continuously for at least 12 months or result in death.
Your activities are substantial if they involve physical activities, mental activities, or both. You can engage in substantial work even if you are not working full-time. Your activities are gainful if they involve any work for pay or that you intend to do for profit.
Furthermore, your activities may be gainful if they are the kind of work that usually would be performed for pay or profit. Whether you are engaged in substantial gainful activity also depends on the earnings you receive from work.
If the SSA claims you did not meet the definition of disability in your application, call Berger and Green at (412) 661-1400 to see if you can provide further information to meet the threshold.
For a free legal consultation with a social security disability lawyer serving Beaver, call 412-661-1400
Applying for Social Security Disability
You must provide extensive amounts of information to SSA to apply for Social Security Disability.
First, you must give basic identifying information, such as your name, date and place of birth, names of current and former spouses, dates of current and former marriages, and names and birthdates of all your minor children and any adult children who became disabled before age 22.
You also must submit information about your current or previous military service, as well as your educational experiences.
SSA also asks that you provide direct deposit information from your bank, which it would use to pay your Social Security Disability benefits if you qualify for them.
Whether you are applying for SSDI or SSI, you must provide information on your current and past work history, including employers, dates of employment, and earnings. If you were self-employed, then you would provide information about those earnings.
Finally, you must provide evidence showing that you meet the SSA definition of disability. This can include medical records that document your physical and mental impairments. You should list names and contact information for all medical providers who have treated you for the physical and mental conditions that make you disabled.
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Contact Our Office for Help with Your Social Security Disability Claim
Becoming disabled and unable to work is typically a highly stressful experience. Meeting the eligibility requirements for Social Security Disability can add even more stress, which can make your situation overwhelming.
A Beaver County Social Security Disability Lawyer from Berger and Green can handle the appeals process so that you can concentrate on your health and ongoing medical treatment.
At Berger and Green, we are ready to take on your Social Security Disability claim when you are disabled and unable to work. The application and appeals process can be lengthy, and you must meet various deadlines.
Do not hesitate to call our Beaver County, PA team at (412) 661-1400 today so we can evaluate your situation and determine whether you are eligible for Social Security Disability benefits.