If you cannot work and earn a living because you suffer from an impairment that prevents it, you may qualify for benefits through Social Security Disability (SSD). At Berger and Green, our Bethel Park, PA disability lawyers can help you prepare and file your claim or fight a denial of benefits.
Our Bethel Park, PA social security disability (SSD) lawyers know what it takes to qualify for these programs and can help you make a strong case based on your medical records and other documentation. Call us today at 412-661-1400 to learn more about our services or get started with your free initial consultation.
We Can Help You Understand Disability Programs in Bethel Park, PA
Our attorneys can help you understand the disability benefits you may qualify for, review your application, and help you file for benefits. When it comes to Social Security Disability, there are two programs you may qualify for if your impairments prevent you from working. These are:
Social Security Disability Insurance
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) provides monthly payments for workers who can no longer earn a living because they suffer a significant impairment that prevents them from working. You will only qualify for benefits under SSDI if you earn below the current substantial gainful activity limit each month and have enough work credits to be eligible.
It is important to note that only earned income counts. Income from rental properties, investments, or other sources that do not involve work do not prevent you from qualifying. SSDI will provide payments until you go back to work, no longer suffer a qualifying impairment, or reach full retirement age and can draw Social Security retirement.
Supplemental Security Income
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) does not require you to have any previous work history, but you will need to meet strict income and asset limits. This includes not only earned income but most other types of income as well.
Let Berger and Green Fight for the Disability Benefits You Deserve
In addition to explaining your options for disability benefits, our team may be able to help you with:
- Initial applications for SSDI and SSI
- Appeals following a denial
- Appeal of onset date or award amount
- Appeal of retroactive pay or backpay
- Fighting to retain disability benefits
Reach out to us today with your questions about applying for disability in Bethel Park, PA. We can address your concerns and help you pursue the benefits you deserve.
Is Your Impairment Serious Enough to Qualify for Social Security Disability?
Proving you suffer from a qualifying medical impairment is often the most challenging part of getting Social Security Disability benefits. Once the workers from the local Social Security field office ensure you meet the technical qualifications for disability, they forward your file to the Bureau of Disability Determination. Once an adjudicator from this office gets to your file, they will:
- Use the information you included to request copies of any relevant medical records
- Examine any medical evidence included in your file
- Learn all they can about your condition, when it began, how it is being treated, and how it limits your activities
In general, you can qualify for SSD by meeting one of the Social Security Administration’s impairment listings or by proving you cannot work with your residual functional capacity (RFC). Both options require using medical evidence from your doctor and specialists to prove your impairment is significant and prevents you from working.
We encourage you to discuss your application with your doctors before you apply because they will need to cooperate with the disability examiner and ensure their staff responds to examiner’s requests for information. The disability examiner may even ask your doctor to complete an assessment of your abilities that is a factor in determining your RFC.
Call Berger and Green before you file, and we will ensure you included all the necessary information to contact your physicians. You can reach us by calling or texting 412-661-1400 today. The consultation is free.
Fighting a Denial of Your Social Security Disability Benefits
If you already applied for disability and received notice that they denied your claim, know you are not alone. Most people who apply for SSDI and SSI get denied the first time around, and many of them eventually qualify to receive payments. If this happened to you, it is important to act quickly.
When you call our Bethel Park, PA social security disability (SSD) lawyers, they will request an appeal hearing on your behalf if there is enough time to do so. Then, they will build a strong case to show why you need and deserve these benefits. Our legal team will represent you during your hearing with the Administrative Law Judge and argue that you qualify for disability based on your medical records and other supporting documentation.
If we cannot get you approved during this step in the process, we may be able to continue the appeals process.
We Can Take Legal Action If an Accident Injury Caused Your Impairment
In addition to helping you fight for the monthly payments you need from Social Security Disability, our team can also help you pursue compensation if an accident caused your lasting injuries and impairment. We handle many types of cases, including motor vehicle accident claims, personal injury and general negligence claims, workers’ compensation claims, medical malpractice claims, and product liability claims.
Let us go after a payout in your case. Call us today at 412-661-1400 for a free case review with a member of our personal injury accident team serving Bethel Park, PA.
Talk to a Bethel Park, PA Social Security Disability (SSD) Lawyer
If you are struggling to make ends meet because you cannot work your Bethel Park job due to a serious impairment, Berger and Green can help. If you have a qualifying impairment that prevents you from working for a year or more, you could qualify for SSDI or SSI. Let a Bethel Park, PA social security disability (SSD) lawyer evaluate your case for free.
Call our office in Pittsburgh today at 412-661-1400 to discuss your case with a member of our team serving the southeast suburbs.