Social Security

 
If you are unable to work due to a disability, there are some things you should know about your Social Security rights:

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) exist to help people who are unable to earn sufficient income.
  • If you have been hurt in a workplace accident, you may be eligible for both workers' compensation and Social Security Disability.
  • Having your disability claim denied should not be the end of the process. You still have options available to help you get the benefits you need.

If you are unable to work due to a disability, there are some things you should know about your Social Security rights:

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) exist to helps people who are unable to earn sufficient income.
  • If you have been hurt in a workplace accident, you may be eligible for both workers' compensation and Social Security Disability.
  • Having your disability claim denied is not the end of the process. You still have options available to help you get the benefits you need.
  • The attorneys at Dolan & Dolan will take the time to explain everything you need to know about Social Security Disability benefits.
How We Can Help
We help people pursue the benefits are entitled to including:

  • SSDI vs. SSI. These benefits have different requirements for eligibility. SSDI benefits accrue to workers according to lifetime taxable working income. SSI income is available to older adults or individuals with disabilities whose income and assets fall below a certain threshold.
  • How to apply for Social Security Disability. Our attorneys can guide you through collecting the necessary paperwork and medical documentation needed to apply for SSDI. If your claim is denied, we can represent you in the appeals process.
  • Denied disability claim appeals. The appeals process can be complicated. We can help you collect the essential medical records, work history and other required documentation to make a successful appeal.
  • Most SSDI claims get initially appealed. We can provide you with the long-term perspective you need to keep pursuing your valid claim in the face of a denial.
  • Why you need a lawyer. Our experience in this area of law helps ensure that your claim is presented in the most effective and comprehensive way, giving you the best chance at being approved for benefits. If you are denied, our attorneys know how to present evidence in a way that builds the best possible case for your appeal.
  • Working with your doctors. We communicate with time-pressed doctors and collect important medical records that are necessary for your claim. Doctors can be resistant to working with lawyers and doing the required paperwork to support your claim. We take this burden out of your hands so you can focus on healing.
  • Preparing for your disability hearing. With our guidance, you can anticipate the questions you may be asked at your hearing, and also amass helpful documentation about your injuries, making sure that you apply for a hearing within 60 days if your claim is denied.
  • Can I work and still receive benefits? You may be able to work while you are receiving benefits, but there will be limits regarding how many hours you can work and how much money you can make per month while collecting benefits. Speak with a lawyer about your particular situation if you are receiving benefits and considering taking on part-time work.
Qualifying For SSDI
You might qualify for SSDI if you suffer from a qualifying disability or a terminal illness that prevents you from working or performing your normal responsibilities at work for at least 12 months. Additionally, your work history must show that you have worked enough years to be eligible for benefits, which we can help you evaluate. Benefits are payable to blind or disabled workers, their children, widowers and adults disabled since childhood.
Qualifying For SSI
SSI is available for people aged 65 or older and disabled or blind adults or children. SSI is an assistance program that is not based on work history and is meant to help people of limited income and resources pay for living expenses. Please visit SSDI vs. SSI for more information about your eligibility, benefits and legal requirements.
My Claim Was Denied; Now What?
Many people come to us for help when they have been denied Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). A denial letter from the Social Security Administration is not the end of the qualification process for benefits. Most applications are denied at first. Applications require detailed documentation of work and medical history and other documents demonstrating fulfillment of requirements with several nuances.

Our experienced attorneys help clients throughout Pennsylvania obtain necessary documentation, working in collaboration with their doctors and employers to ensure all application requirements are completed as fully as possible. We are advocates working diligently on behalf of our diverse clientele, and we can guide you through the process of how to apply for Social Security Disability benefits with the best opportunity for success.