If you cannot work because of a long-term or permanent impairment, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. Berger and Green can help you file a claim or fight a denial from Baldwin, PA. Call or text us today at 412-661-1400.
If your medical, psychological, or cognitive condition prevents you from working and earning a living in Baldwin, PA, or elsewhere in the Pittsburgh suburbs, you may qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. The Berger and Green can help you prepare your SSD application, file your claim, or fight a denial. We will review your disability case for free.
Call or text us at 412-661-1400 to talk to a Baldwin, PA social security disability lawyer about how we can help you pursue the SSD monthly benefits you need.
Types of Social Security Disability Benefits
There are two separate types of Social Security Disability benefits available to those with an impairment that prevents them from working. Both programs payout monthly and you could receive back pay back.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
SSDI is a program designed to ensure workers can continue to make ends meet after suffering an impairment that prevents them from working. You will likely qualify if you:
- Cannot work;
- Have enough work credits; and
- Earn less than the current substantial gainful activity limit
If you receive SSDI and continue to meet all qualifications, you will get a payout every month until you reach full retirement age. At that time, it will automatically convert to Social Security retirement benefits.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
SSI is available regardless of work history if you meet the strict income and asset limits. Unlike SSDI that only looks at your income earned from working, SSI looks at almost all types of income. For those with few resources, SSI can be the answer to making ends meet.
Proving You Have a Qualifying Impairment Based on Medical Evidence
To get approved for disability benefits, you need to prove you suffer from a long-term or permanent impairment that prevents you from working. The Bureau of Disability Determination receives your file from the local Social Security field office and reviews it to see if you meet the criteria. There are two ways you can qualify for an impairment:
- Meeting an impairment listing in the Blue Book; or
- Based on your residual functional capacity (RFC) evaluation
The Social Security Administration publishes the Blue Book, a list of impairments and the criteria you must meet to get benefits. If your impairment is included in this publication, you will need to ensure the medical evidence required is available to the disability examiner handling your case. Depending on the impairment, this could include:
- CT scans, MRI scans, or other medical imaging
- Laboratory and clinical test results
- Notes about treatment and outcome
- Surgeon’s notes about any operations related to your condition
- Other information to help them understand prognosis
As a part of reviewing your file, the disability examiner will use the information you provide on your application to request your medical records and documentation from your doctors. We can ensure your file includes the correct contact information for all your health care professionals.
If you do not meet the qualifications for disability based on a Blue Book listing, you may qualify based on your RFC. This is an evaluation of your remaining abilities. It looks at the types of jobs you could do, your training and education, how long you can work, and how often you can work. There are three ways they can determine your RFC:
- The disability examiner can evaluate your RFC based on your application materials and medical records; or
- Your doctor can complete a special evaluation based on your medical history; or
- You can attend a consultative examination where a third-party doctor evaluates your RFC
If your RFC shows you cannot work any job you might be able to get, you will likely get approved for benefits. We can help you understand how this process works and ensure your file is as strong as possible before submission.
We Can Review Your Application and Help File Your Claim
A Baldwin, PA social security disability lawyer can review your application for free and help you file your disability claim. We will ensure you have all appropriate information on your application so the Social Security representatives at the local field office and the disability examiner can evaluate your qualifications.
We know what they are looking for when they review a disability claim and can double-check your application materials. Then, we will help you file your claim and provide any necessary follow up information.
Let Berger and Green Handle Your SSD Appeal in Baldwin, PA
If the Social Security Administration already denied your initial claim for disability, we can help you fight for benefits. You have a short time to appeal after you receive notice of the denial. Call us right away, and we can request an appeal hearing if there is enough time to do so.
Once we have an appeal hearing date in your case, we can go to work building a strong argument to get you approved for benefits. This requires us to:
- Investigate to find out why they denied your claim
- Gather additional evidence to prove you qualify for benefits
- Build a solid case for approving you for benefits
- Manage all communication with the Social Security Administration
- Represent you to the Administrative Law Judge who will hear your case
We can often get qualified clients approved for benefits during their appeal hearing. However, it will take at least a year or more before the hearing date arrives. During this time, we can pursue a personal injury case on your behalf if you suffered your injuries in a car accident, slip and fall, or other accident.
Talk to a Baldwin, PA Social Security Disability Lawyer
The attorneys at Berger and Green can help you prepare your claim or file an appeal if the Social Security Administration denied your initial application. We know what it takes to pursue these benefits and how to ensure the Bureau of Disability Determination has the medical evidence necessary to review your impairment.
Reach out to our team today by calling or texting 412-661-1400. A Baldwin, PA social security disability lawyer will review your case for free and offer advice, support, and representation to help you file for the disability benefits you deserve.