The Cambria County, PA Social Security Disability (SSD) lawyers from Berger and Green can help you review your application, file your claim, and fight for the Social Security Disability benefits you deserve. If you have a long-term or permanent impairment that prevents you from working, you may be able to file a claim and get monthly compensation from the Social Security Administration.
Social Security Disability Has Two Programs for PA Residents Who Cannot Work
Social Security Disability consists of two separate programs that can help those who suffer from a qualifying disability make ends meet. You may qualify for one, or rarely both, of these programs.
Social Security Disability Insurance
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a program available only to workers. If you have enough work credits — earned annually by working and paying taxes on your income — you may be eligible for this program. You will also need to show you have a qualifying disability and that you have an earned income less than the current substantial gainful activity limit. Only income earned from working counts toward this total.
Supplemental Security Income
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a need-based program. You may be eligible if you suffer an impairment that prevents you from working or are over retirement age and have meager income and assets. The limits of this program are strict, and almost all types of income count. Nevertheless, for those who qualify, SSI can make a significant difference.
Proving You Have a Qualifying Impairment for SSDI or SSI
To get benefits through SSDI or SSI, you will need to have proof that you have a diagnosed condition that causes you to suffer a qualifying impairment. When you submit your claim, you will include contact information for all your health care providers. We can double-check this information before we help you file for disability.
The disability examiner who handles your case will reach out to your doctors to get all relevant medical records and medical evidence that could apply to your case. This may include:
- X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, and other medical imaging;
- Laboratory testing results;
- Notes about your treatment and the outcome;
- Notes about your prognosis;
- Surgical notes, if you had any procedures; or
- Other data documentation of your diagnosis and the severity.
Once the disability examiner has your medical records, they will:
- Compare the details to the qualifications for your condition in the Social Security Administration’s Blue Book of impairment listings; or
- Use your records to evaluate your residual functional capacity (RFC).
If the disability examiner finds you meet the criteria under a Blue Book listing or that your RFC shows you cannot work any job you might qualify for, you have a qualifying impairment for SSDI or SSI benefits. You should get approved as long as you meet all other criteria.
Berger and Green Can Help You File for Disability Benefits in Cambria County, PA
We help residents of Johnstown, Westmont, Northern Cambria, Elim, Ebensburg, and elsewhere in Cambria County, PA, as well as throughout the greater Pittsburgh area. We understand how important disability benefits could be to you and your family and will fight to help you get the money you deserve.
When you trust the Cambria County, PA Social Security Disability (SSD) lawyers from Berger and Green with your Social Security Disability case, we will:
- Review your case and help you understand your options
- Explain the qualifications and process
- Double-check your claim before filing
- Help you work with the local Social Security field office to submit your claim
- Guide you through any additional steps required
- Manage your appeal, if it becomes necessary
- Fight for the benefits you deserve
If you cannot work because of the injuries you suffered in a Pennsylvania personal injury accident, we may be able to help you pursue a payout in that case. Founding attorney Laurence B. Green has more than 40 years of experience fighting — and winning — personal injury cases. Call us today at 412-661-1400 to learn more.
Our Team Can Appeal a Denial of Your Disability Benefits
More than two-thirds of those who file for disability benefits receive a denial. This is a hard statistic to accept, but you can fight back. Many people can get benefits through the appeals process. This process includes:
- An appeal hearing with an Administrative Law Judge
- Review by the Appeals Council
- Filing a lawsuit in U.S. district court
The Cambria County, PA Social Security Disability (SSD) lawyers from Berger and Green can often get our well-qualified clients approved during their appeal hearing and continuing past this step is rarely necessary. When you let us take on your application, you can expect us to:
- Request reconsideration on your behalf, if there is sufficient time to do so
- Meet all deadlines and ensure your rights remain intact
- Request your appeal hearing if they do not approve you for benefits during reconsideration
- Build a strong case showing you deserve disability benefits
- Represent you before the Administrative Law Judge during your hearing
- Take the next steps in the appeal process, if necessary following the appeal hearing
It is important to note that it could take a year or more to get you approved for benefits during the appeal process, and that is if we can get you approved during the hearing with an Administrative Law Judge. We will help you understand what to expect and how long it might take in your case. We will also fight for back pay. This could go back to the date of your diagnosis or your original filing date.
Talk to a Social Security Disability (SSD) Attorney in Cambria County, PA
If you cannot work because of a health condition or impairment in Cambria County, PA, the disability attorneys from Berger and Green can help. We can explain your options and help you prepare and file your claim. If the Social Security Administration already denied your claim, we can file an appeal on your behalf. Call us today at 412-661-1400 for your free case review.