Upper Darby, PA Disability (SSDI) Lawyer
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) protections are important sources of income for disabled Upper Darby residents. Currently, about one-fifth of workers who pay Social Security taxes end up receiving SSDI benefits. The process of obtaining these benefits can become long and complicated. Our experienced team of disability attorneys can help make a difference in the outcome of your SSDI application.
Young Marr and Associates’ Upper Darby Social Security disability attorneys may be able to help you with your case. If you or someone you know needs to pursue SSDI benefits, call the dedicated team of attorneys at Young, Marr & Associates. Call (215) 515-2954 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.
SSDI Benefits for Pennsylvanians
In 2019, the average payment for SSDI $1,197 per month. This number is, once again, the average – you may be entitled to receive more than this amount. Typically, approved applicants receive between an additional 50%-80% of the total disability benefit for family benefits and other added benefits on top of the 100% they receive for themselves. However, this calculation depends on multiple factors your lawyer can help you understand.
Family Benefits for SSDI Disability
SSDI benefits are not limited to the injured worker. Your family members can often receive additional benefits to provide support for them in addition to the benefits you receive for yourself. A current or divorced spouse can receive benefits to support them and any minor children you share. This is typically capped at 50%-80% of your normal benefits.
Whether you are disabled or not, a disabled child diagnosed with a disability before they turn 22 can also receive benefits on your record. Talk to a lawyer for help getting your child the benefits they need, even if you do not qualify for disability benefits for yourself.
Spouses of qualifying workers can typically claim disability benefits through their spouse’s work record. Whether the working spouse is disabled or not, the spouse can typically receive benefits to support their disability. This even applies to divorced spouses as long as they have not remarried.
Disability protections can extend beyond the death of the primary beneficiary in the form of survivor’s benefits. If your spouse or parent was the primary income earner and became disabled before passing away, you can continue to receive Social Security benefits. You may qualify for survivor’s benefits if you are 62 years old or if you are a parent to shared children under 16 years old. The children will also receive benefits until they reach 18 years old.
Fighting SSDI Application Denials in Upper Darby
Applicants must meet specific qualifications to get the SSDI benefits they need. Social Security claims examiners working for the Social Security Administration (SSA) are supposed to follow certain guidelines in reviewing your medical condition and deciding whether you are unable to work. In order to qualify for benefits, you must meet the following elements:
- You have a condition that meets the definition of a qualifying condition by the SSA’s standards.
- You receive monthly income that exceeds the SSA’s “substantial gainful activity” limits.
To meet the definition of a qualifying condition, you must prove that you have a condition, but you also must prove that it is severe enough that you can’t work. In addition, you cannot typically qualify unless your condition is expected to last longer than a year or end in your death. The SSA keeps an official listing of qualifying conditions. If your condition is not on the list, you might be able to get a medical exception for a condition that is at least as severe as another qualifying condition.
Claiming SSDI Benefits in Pennsylvania
The process for claiming disability benefits is often complicated. You will need to fill out paperwork and applications that may be impossible to fill out on your own with your disability. On top of this, you may need to provide medical evidence to convince the SSA that your disability truly prevents you from working. In many cases, your attorney can fill out your paperwork for you.
In a large percentage of cases where the initial paperwork is handled with the help of a lawyer, your chance of having the application accepted on the first try is higher. Our lawyers can help you put the proper phrasing and evidence into your application to prove your condition. If the SSA requires you to see a physician and have them certify your injuries, we can also help you gather this evidence and put it in your application.
In many cases, your application will have a long delay before it is accepted. SSDI applications have a mandatory 6-month waiting period before you can start receiving benefits. This gives the SSA time to process claims and get you the benefits you need, including benefits reaching back to the first day of disability as well as benefits from the 6-month waiting period.
Call Our Upper Darby SSDI Disability Lawyer
If you or a loved one living in Upper Darby needs a Social Security disability lawyer, the team of attorneys of Young Marr and Associates can help you navigate the process effectively. We offer free consultations, and our fees are assessed if your benefits are granted. To learn more about how our experienced Upper Darby disability attorneys can help you, call us at (215) 515-2954.