Applying for disability benefits is a complicated, time-consuming process. At Berger and Green, our Brentwood Social Security Disability lawyer can file your application and help you appeal a denial of benefits.
If your initial application is rejected, we can also explain the four-step appeals process and how we can help you keep fighting for the benefits you need at each phase.
Berger and Green Can Help You Navigate the Social Security Disability System
Obtaining Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits through the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) is difficult, and the SSA can deny benefits for a variety of reasons. If this happened to you, you have the right to appeal through the decision review process, which entails its own requirements and paperwork.
You do not have to navigate this complex system on your own. Our Social Security Disability team can help you understand each step of the process and support your request for benefits. Our goal is to help you document your disability and clarify the requirements for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income.
Find Out if You Are Eligible for Monthly and Financial SSD Benefits
If you have been diagnosed with a condition that is disabling and prevents you from working, you could qualify for SSD benefits. Our legal team will determine whether you meet the following basic qualifying criteria:
- You have a qualifying disability, according to SSA guidelines.
- Your condition is expected to last for a year or result in your demise.
- You meet certain income guidelines, have sufficient work credits, or participated in the SSD insurance program as part of your employment.
For a free legal consultation with a Social Security Disability lawyer serving Brentwood, call 412-661-1400
Documenting Your Qualifying Disability for Social Security Disability Benefits
Our Social Security Disability lawyer serving Brentwood, PA, is familiar with the SSD application process and will help you understand the plethora of documentation and medical evidence your application can require.
Our team at Berger and Green also encourages you to refer to SSA’s Listing of Impairments which explains the medical criteria for many conditions that are disabling. In addition to knowing what your application requires, we also make sure you know which SSD benefits program to apply for—and when you might qualify to apply for both.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
SSDI benefits are intended to meet the needs of disabled individuals who are insured by the Social Security trust fund via contributions made during their employment. To qualify, you must have worked long enough, recently enough, and have the required minimum of 20 credits (approximately five years of work history).
Supplemental Security Income Program (SSI)
SSI benefits are intended to meet the needs of disabled individuals who have little or no access to financial or other resources. SSI recipients can also qualify for many benefit programs available through the state of Pennsylvania.
Concurrent Benefits are available if you qualify for SSDI benefits, but your monthly financial benefits are low enough to meet the income guidelines for SSI benefits. Our SSD lawyer can review your initial application to see if you applied for the appropriate benefits.
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Appealing a Denial of Your Social Security Disability Claim
Our legal team is ready to help you through the overwhelming application process. When we are on your side, we can:
- File your application
- Review the reason for a denied application
- Review your supporting medical evidence
- Ensure you have all required documents and submit supplemental evidence
- Represent you in a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)
If necessary, we also file an effective appeal on your behalf and help you submit supplemental evidence as necessary.
Components of Your SSD Application
The application for SSD benefits is lengthy and requires a wide range of attachments that include documents related to your personally identifying information, medical evidence related to your disability, and financial information for all income sources.
Appealing an Initial Denial
If your SSD application is denied, you can file an appeal. The appeals process is multi-phase and complex. In general, your appeal request must be made within 60 days of receipt of your denial. Our lawyer will review your denial letter and help you plan for each stage of your appeal.
During the reconsideration phase, your application will be reviewed by an impartial party who has not seen your application and evidence before. You will also have the opportunity to add new or supplemental information to your application that may further define your disability and its severity.
If your appeal moves to the hearing phase, your application and any added evidence will be reviewed by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) who has not been involved in your application to date and will review your information with a fresh eye.
Additional phases of appeal include a review by the Appeals Council and a Federal Court review, if necessary.
See Why Clients Give Our Law Firm 5-Star Reviews
When they talk about the service and support they received from our law firm, clients we represented in the past leave reviews like the following:
- Heather Smith: “I initially filed my disability claim myself back…When I received notice that I had to go to court, I knew I needed an attorney. A friend referred Berger & Green…They always responded very promptly to me and answered every question I had.”
- Karen Fratangelo: “I just want to thank Attorney Cindy Berger, Cheryl, Abby, and Kelly for all the outstanding help and time they took to get my SSDI approved. I am so grateful for all the hard work they did…Thank you all so much.”
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Work With Our Brentwood Social Security Disability Attorneys Today
Applying for SSDI or SSI benefits can be complicated and frustrating when you go it alone. Our Social Security Disability lawyer serving clients in Brentwood will help you fight for the benefits you qualify for. Learn more about our client-focused service and support by contacting our consultation team at Berger and Green today.