Social Security Disability: Getting The Benefits You Need

Navigating The System

If you are struggling to support yourself after an accident at work, the Social Security system may be able to help. Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are programs designed to assist those whose medical conditions preclude them from employment.

Depending upon your financial situation and the nature of your injury, you may be eligible for one or both of these wage replacement benefits. To see if you qualify or for other assistance with your SSD/SSI application or appeal, contact the lawyers at our Pennsylvania firm. With our extensive experience in this area, we are well-prepared to help you obtain the benefits you need.

Program Requirements: The Basics

Even though there are several important differences between Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income, the eligibility requirements of the two programs share some similarities. For instance, to receive benefits under both programs, your medical condition must prevent you from working for at least one year and appear on the government list of impairments. Administrators will also consider factors such as your age, education and employment history.

If you meet the above requirements and have earned enough money in the past 10 years, you can be paid SSD benefits. You may also receive SSI, provided you have extremely limited financial resources. SSI is a welfare program and does not require prior employment. While this process may sound relatively straightforward, the truth is that it can often be long and arduous ― it has many confusing rules and proceedings. This is simply one reason why you should always work with an experienced Social Security attorney.

Learn How Our Lawyers Can Help You

At Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo, we handle both applications and appeals. Our Social Security Disability attorneys understand that you are likely struggling financially. Even if you do not qualify for SSD or SSI, we can help you explore alternative avenues of financial recovery or medical care, including Medicaid.

Contact us today and put a dedicated advocate on your side. We offer free initial consultations, so reach out to us online or call us toll free at 888-854-6895. With offices in Bethlehem and Whitehall, we serve disabled workers throughout the Lehigh Valley and beyond. We also make home and hospital visits and offer evening and weekend hours by appointment.