Fighting For Social Security Disability Benefits
Why would you need an attorney to assist with the Social Security Disability process? Because a large percentage of these claims are initially denied. Seeking immediate legal counsel can avoid the need for a disability claim appeal.
At the Philadelphia law office of Lauren Levin Geary, we routinely help those who have been seriously injured in car crashes and other types of accidents. In addition, we assist clients with Social Security Disability claims when an injury or illness limits their ability to work.
In Pennsylvania, an average of 145,000 disability claims are filed each year. The Social Security Administration (SSA) partners with the state Bureau of Disability Determination (BDD) to handle eligibility decisions.
The definition of disability is strict and you must prove two elements:
- You cannot complete any substantial work because of a medical condition.
- That condition has lasted, or is expected to last, at least a year or might result in death.
Social Security taxes must have been paid over a sufficient period.
If initial requirements are met, then the BDD determines medical eligibility under Social Security law. Case examiners, physicians and psychologists review medical evidence that might be requested from your doctor or clinic regarding the length of time you have suffered or are expected to suffer a medical condition, limitations and treatment. Our attorney can assist in reviewing medical evidence and putting together the strongest case.
If your claim has been denied, do not give up hope. The appeals process is complicated and has specific deadlines, but it is still possible to get needed benefits in place. After learning more about your case, we can provide candid advice to help you reach an informed decision.