At Berger and Green, we understand that being able to work and support your family is important to you. If you have physical, mental, or emotional limitations that prevent you from working, it can be difficult to make ends meet. If you are in Greene County, PA, the Social Security Disability attorneys at Berger and Green can review your case and help you understand your options.
You may qualify to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or both. Call 412-661-1400 today for a no-cost review of your case with a member of our team.
You May Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits
Social Security Disability consists of two programs that may be able to help you make ends meet if you cannot work because of a qualifying impairment. Each program has its own rules and regulations. In general, you will most likely qualify for one or the other, although some people who earned low wages throughout their career may qualify for both.
SSDI Is for People with an Established Work History
Social Security Disability Insurance is a program for those who have earned enough work credits by working part-time or full-time for most of their adult life. This program provides a bridge to Social Security retirement if you suffer an impairment that prevents you from working before you reach full retirement age. There is a cap on your income earned from a job, but there are no limits on unearned income or assets.
Once you reach full retirement age, SSDI converts to Social Security retirement automatically.
SSI Provides Income for Those with Few Assets and Little Income
Supplemental Security Income is a needs-based program that provides income to pay bills and make ends meet. To qualify, you must have a qualifying impairment, have little income from any source, and have few assets. You can own your home, your vehicle, and work tools and still qualify for SSI as long as you meet other qualifications.
Proving You Have a Qualifying Impairment to Get Greene County, PA Disability
To get disability, you have to prove to the Social Security Administration that you suffer from a condition that is long-term, permanent, or terminal, and that prevents you from working a job and earning a living. There are two ways you can prove you suffer a qualifying impairment:
Meeting a Published Impairment Listing
The Social Security Administration publishes a book of impairment listings – the Blue Book – and the criteria you must meet based on your diagnosis or impairment. When you submit your claim, it will include information for contacting your treating physicians. When evaluating your application, they will obtain copies of your medical records and medical evidence from your doctors to see if you meet the published criteria.
Proving Your Residual Functional Capacity (RFC)
If you do not meet the criteria in the Blue Book, you may be able to get benefits based on your residual functional capacity instead. Your RFC is an evaluation of your remaining abilities. If this evaluation finds that you cannot work your previous job or any other job you might be able to get, you will likely get approved for benefits. There are three ways they can evaluate your RFC:
- They will use your medical records and evidence to evaluate your RFC; or
- They will ask your doctor to evaluate your RFC based on their knowledge of your case; or
- You will need to attend a consultative exam paid for by the Social Security Administration to evaluate your RFC.
Berger and Green Can Help You Pursue Greene County, PA Disability
At Berger and Green, our Greene County, PA Social Security Disability attorneys understand how important disability benefits can be to you and your family. We can help you understand your options and pursue the benefits you need. We will review your case for free. Then, we can:
- Help you prepare your application
- Double-check your claim to ensure you completed it correctly.
- Work with the local Social Security field office to submit your claim.
- Manage your reconsideration and appeal, if needed.
- Represent you and your best interests.
If the Social Security Administration denies your initial claim, we can help you request reconsideration. If you do not get approved during this step, we can also request an appeal hearing on your behalf if there is sufficient time to do so. We will represent you during this hearing and fight for the benefits you need and deserve.
It can take more than a year to get disability benefits if they do not approve your initial application. During that time, we may be able to help you pursue additional compensation if your impairments stem from a personal injury accident. Berger and Green founding partner Laurence B. Green has helped PA accident victims for more than 40 years. We can build a strong case and pursue the compensation you deserve. Call 412-661-1400 to learn more.
Talk to Greene County, PA Social Security Disability (SSD) Lawyers
The Greene County, PA, lawyers from Berger and Green can help you understand your options for disability benefits in Our team can explain the types of disability benefits and evaluate your case to see which one might be right for you and your family. Then, we can help you prepare and file your claim.
If the Social Security Administration denies your initial application, we can walk you through the reconsideration and appeals process. We will fight as long as we need to until you get the benefits we believe you deserve. We know how to navigate this process and build a strong argument for approval.
Call or text 412-661-1400 today to discuss your case with a member of our team at no cost to you and your family.