Easton, PA Disability (SSDI) Lawyer
Most people are paying for Social Security Disability Insurance throughout their entire career, so when something unexpected happens such as a debilitating injury or illness that keeps them from going back to work, it’s a shock when their claim for coverage is denied. After spending hours on end filling out forms and gathering paperwork to prove your disability, the process can be so overwhelming; it’s tempting to throw in the towel. Don’t!
Young, Marr and Associates have been successfully helping clients with the frustrating process of gaining Social Security Disability coverage for decades. We have represented thousands of claimants during that time who have successfully obtained Social Security benefits. It’s quite common for claims to be denied and if all the details of filing are leaving you frustrated, we can help! We can walk you through the process step-by-step, help you to gather the important documents to support your claim, file the necessary paperwork promptly and if necessary, appeal a claim that’s been denied. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your disability claim, contact Young, Marr and Associates ar (215) 515-7077, or contact us online.
How Social Security Disability Benefits Work
The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. They are both administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA), and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria (set by the government) may qualify for benefits under either program.
Disability under Social Security is based on several factors. To be considered as a disability that is eligible for benefits, your condition must be expected to result in death or last for at least 12 consecutive months. There are various conditions listed by the SSA that may qualify for disability benefits:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Chronic heart failure
- Chronic kidney disease
- Down Syndrome
- Hearing loss
This is not an exhaustive list. It is also important to note that if you do not suffer from a condition that is listed by the SSA, it may be enough to have a condition that is similar to other conditions on the list.
It is also important to understand which SSA disability program that you are eligible to receive.
The Social Security Disability Insurance program can be utilized by what the SSA has termed “insured workers.” An insured worker is a person that has been employed for a significant amount of time and has paid a substantial portion of their earnings into Social Security taxes.
If a business employs a worker, Social Security taxes will likely be automatically withdrawn from their paycheck. If a worker is self-employed, they will have to ensure they manually submit their taxes on a quarterly basis. The amount of time the disabled worker has to pay into the program depends on a number of circumstances, like the amount of money they made in a year.
Paying Social Security taxes allows a worker to accumulate credits to qualify for the SSDI program. Once qualified for the SSDI program, a worker can receive cash payments to help deal with their disability.
Once the SSA has determined that you meet the qualifications to receive SSDI benefits, they will then examine your claim using a multi-step process.
This process will analyze issues like the extent of your disability and whether your disability permits you to continue to be gainfully employed.
Applying for SSDI is a complex process which would be easier handled with the assistance of an experienced disability lawyer.
The Supplemental Security Income program differs from the SSDI program because it is not dependent on a disabled individual paying Social Security taxes. The SSI program provides disabled individuals and the elderly (age 65 or older) with monthly cash payments.
Eligibility for SSI benefits is based upon the income and the assets owned by the applicant. There are some exemptions for certain assets that the SSA will not consider when calculating the income for an applicant. For example, the home where you reside will not be calculated into your income.
To ensure that your application for disability benefits has an improved chance of being approved, our firm can work with you to file your disability claim.
Our Easton Disability Attorneys Can Help
Trying to face the uphill battle of gaining Social Security Disability benefits on your own can be detrimental to your case. Call one of our attorneys today and let us focus on getting you the benefits you deserve – so you can focus on your health. Reach one of our attorneys today at (215) 515-7077 for a free consultation.