It can be difficult to make ends meet if you suffer from an impairment (physical or mental) that keeps you from working a job and earning a living. If you are in this situation in Monroeville, PA, the team from Berger and Green is here to help. Our Monroeville, PA Social Security Disability (SSD) lawyers may be able to help you file for Social Security disability or fight a denial of disability benefits.
Call us today at 412-661-1400 for a free review of your case. We can help you understand your chances of qualifying for disability and ensure your file is complete before submitting it.
Understanding Social Security Disability Programs
If you suffer from an illness or injury that prevents you from working, you may be eligible for one of the two Social Security Disability programs. In rare cases, some people may qualify for both. This includes:
Social Security Disability Insurance
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) bridges the gap between the workforce and retirement for impaired workers. If you worked full or part-time or a significant period of time and recently suffered an impairment, you will likely qualify for this program.
You will need to have enough work credits to meet the current SSDI rules and have an earned income below the annual substantial gainful activity limit, as well as proving you suffer from a qualifying impairment.
Supplemental Security Income
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a disability program for those who do not have the work credits required for SSDI. To qualify for SSI, you must meet the current income and asset limits. These are very low and consider almost all types of income you may have. You will also need to prove you suffer from a qualifying impairment.
In addition to fighting to help you get the Social Security Disability benefits you deserve, our attorneys can also help you pursue compensation through a personal injury or workers’ compensation case. Give us a call today to get started: 412-661-1400.
Proving You Suffer from a Qualifying Disability in a Monroeville, PA Disability Case
The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires medical evidence to ensure you meet the stringent qualifications to draw disability benefits. Qualifying for VA benefits or another type of disability is not enough. They will want to know how to contact each of your doctors to request the relevant medical records, imaging scans, clinical test results, treatment outcomes, and other information.
We can help you compile this information before you file your initial claim. Once the local Social Security field office ensures you meet all technical qualifications for SSDI or SSI, they will forward your application and materials to the Bureau of Disability Determination (BDD) who will see if you meet medical qualifications by:
- Meeting the criteria under an impairment listing; or
- Based on your residual functional capacity (RFC)
We can help you understand how your impairments might meet an impairment listing in the Social Security Blue Book, or how the SSA might evaluate your RFC. Both rely on having the medical proof of an impairment in your medical records, so it is imperative you discuss your application with your doctor to ensure they cooperate with the BDD and you have all the correct documentation as required in the Blue Book.
Let Berger and Green Fight for the Disability Benefits You Deserve
No matter where you are in the process of trying to get Social Security Disability benefits, Berger and Green can help. We can offer you advice and guidance through the next steps, fighting for the monthly disability benefits you need and deserve.
We can help you:
- Understand if you may qualify based on your impairments, income, or inability to work
- Help you review your information and file your claim for you
- If there is time, request an appeals hearing and/or represent you during your appeal
Many people do not consider asking for help from an attorney until they already have an issue. If they denied your initial claim, we can help. Give us a call as soon as possible after receiving your letter, because we only have a short time to take action. You can reach our Monroeville, PA social security disability lawyers by calling 412-661-1400 today.
We Can Handle Your Social Security Disability Appeal
If the SSA already denied your application for disability benefits, you have the right to appeal the decision. In Pennsylvania, you do this by requesting an appeals hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. We can request this hearing for you if you contact us with sufficient time to do so.
We can also represent you during the hearing. It could take a year or more before the date of your hearing arrives. In the meantime, our attorneys and staff will:
- Investigate why the SSA denied your application for disability
- Collect medical evidence to support getting you approved for benefits
- Identify and obtain any other necessary proof to show you meet the qualifications
- Build a strong case for getting you approved
- Manage communication with the SSA
At your hearing, we will present your case to the Administrative Law Judge. We will also include evidence to prove any retroactive or back pay that may be due to you. If the Administrative Law Judge upholds the denial, we can discuss continuing through the appeals process.
Talk to our Monroeville, PA Social Security Disability (SSD) Lawyers
The attorneys from Berger and Green may be able to help you file an application or fight a denial of Social Security Disability benefits. Our team serving Monroeville, PA, knows what it takes to get SSDI or SSI, and we can build a strong case for these benefits on your behalf.
Let our team review your case today. You can call our Pittsburgh office today at 412-661-1400 for your free case evaluation.