A Duquesne Social Security Disability lawyer can help you with your case if you are applying for Social Security Disability or appealing a denial. We can help you meet deadlines, compile your documents, and file your initial request or appeal on your behalf.
Berger and Green can help you through the application process, present a compelling case, and work hard to get your application approved. To find out more, call a member of the Berger and Green team at (412) 661-1400. Get a free case assessment with no obligation.
Understanding Social Security Disability
The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers benefits through two different programs:
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
SSI and SSDI have their own specific criteria and application processes. A Duquesne Social Security disability attorney can help you apply.
For a free legal consultation with a social security disability lawyer serving Duquesne, call (412) 661-1400
Berger and Green Can Help You Determine if You Qualify for Social Security Disability
A representative from the SSA will review your application to make sure you meet the basic requirements for disability benefits. If you are applying for SSDI, they will also review your work history and whether you have contributed to Social Security. If you are applying for SSI, the representative will ensure that you have a low enough income and amount of assets. If you meet the basic requirements, your application is then forward for further review.
SSA may contact your doctors or assess your condition using their own appointed doctors. Approval may be based on the following conditions:
- Your current medical condition
- When your accident occurred or your medical condition began
- Medical reports or test results
After reviewing your application, the SSA will send you a letter informing you whether your application is accepted or rejected. Our team can work with you and look at all the evidence you have collected to determine the likelihood that your application is approved or denied. We can inform you of any disqualifying conditions that your circumstances pose.
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We Can Help You Appeal a Rejected Claim
If your application is rejected by the SSA, you may request an appeal. The appeals process may include four levels including:
- Reconsideration: During this stage, you ask the SSA to look over your claim again to see if it might have erred in its original decision.
- Hearing with an Administrative Law Judge: If the SSA upheld its decision during the Reconsideration stage, you can request a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). During this stage, you are able to present your case in front of the Judge.
- Review by the Appeals Council: If you do not succeed during the ALJ hearing, you can request that the Appeals Council review the ALJ’s decision to determine whether they made a mistake.
- Federal Court review: At this stage, you bring a civil suit seeking review of the decision made by the Appeals Council. The Federal Court District Judge who hears your case will make the final decision.
During each step in the appeals process, a representative may contact you for a meeting or hearing to find out more about your case. This is your opportunity to present evidence of your disability and demonstrate that you are unable to work. We could do this in partnership with you, if you so choose.
Hiring a Duquesne Social Security Disability Lawyer
Whether you are filling out your first Social Security Disability application or trying to appeal a rejection from the SSA, you may want to retain the services of a lawyer. Hiring a lawyer can help you avoid any pitfalls of the process.
Our law firm can help you with your case. Call (412) 661-1400 to learn more about the following legal services we provide:
Compiling Relevant Documents
Our legal team can gather all documents related to your case. We can obtain medical reports, letters from your employer, and financial documents, as well as gather information from doctors.
Ensuring Your Application Is Correct
The SSA may reject your application if any of the information is incomplete or inaccurate. We can assess your application to see if there are any missing elements and explore your case to make sure that all the information is correct. Since the information in your application remains a part of your permanent claim, it is important to get it right the first time.
Monitoring Your Application’s Progress
Although we cannot speed up the application process once we submit your documents, we can monitor your progress and keep you informed of any updates. We can contact the SSA directly on your behalf and let you know if there are any issues.
Represent You During Hearings
If your application is rejected for any reason, you should not have to show up at appeals hearings on your own. We will attend your hearing and engage with representatives of Social Security on your behalf. We can advocate for you.
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If You Were Injured in an Accident
If your disability is the result of being injured in an accident (and someone else was at fault), you may also be entitled to receive compensation for:
- Medical bills, both past and future
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
We can also help you determine whether a settlement or court award might affect your ability to recover disability benefits.
Let Berger and Green Help You with Your SSD Case
If you are ready to move forward with your SSD case, then a Duquesne Social Security disability lawyer can help. Berger and Green can prepare your case and work with the SSA on your behalf. Call (412) 661-1400 to get a free case review today.