If you have become physically or psychologically disabled, on either a temporary or permanent basis, you may qualify to receive Social Security Disability Insurance. Unlike what some people may believe, this program, which is administered by the Social Security Administration is not a handout by the government. It is funded by your payroll taxes. If you have a qualifying disability, you and your family may be entitled to receive disability benefits.
To begin receiving “SSD” benefits, you must apply to both the federal Social Security Administration and your local Pennsylvania Disability Determination Office. The application process can be complex, confusing, and often discouraging, but there are people who can help.
Applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be confusing because the Social Security Administration occasionally makes changes to the eligibility requirements for SSD recipients. This can make it difficult to know whether you are eligible. You may increase your chances of gaining approval on your first application for benefits by retaining a competent Bethlehem SSD attorney to handle your case.
Your eligibility for SSD benefits is dependent upon several factors. For starters, you must not be eligible to receive retirement benefits through the Social Security Administration. You must be within a certain age range. You should also have a certain number of “work credits” built up, to prove that you have contributed a certain amount of money into the SSD fund. In addition, you will have to prove that your condition will either result in death or persist without change for at least 12 consecutive months.
Understanding and satisfying all of these conditions can be a daunting task.
The Bethlehem, PA Social Security Field Office
Social Security 555, Main St
Bethlehem, PA 18018
You can also reach the Reading Social Security Office by phone at: 1-866-783-7458. The field office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00am until 3:00pm.
The Bethlehem, PA Social Security Hearing Office
The Social Security Hearing Office is located in Elkins Park, PA. The address is:
SSA, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
Suite 250, 8380 Old York Road,
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania 19027
- You can reach the office by phone at (866) 964-7369 or by fax at (215) 887-0541.
- The hearing office is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00am until 4:30pm.
It can be difficult to navigate through this process alone. By employing the help of an experienced Bethlehem SSD attorney, you will gain access to a wealth of legal knowledge about the general process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits. Your attorney will also equip you with the tools that you need to handle the pitfalls of applying for these benefits in Pennsylvania. Our highly effective team of lawyers at Chermol & Fishman LLC has a thorough understanding of the ins and outs of the approval process for the Pennsylvania Disability Determination Services Office.
Unfortunately, the state and federal agencies that are responsible for reviewing and deciding whether to approve your petition for benefits adhere to stringent systems and rigorous procedures. The entire Social Security Disability application process is filled with complicated requirements.
Your Bethlehem SSD attorney can ensure that you meet all of the filing deadlines and documentation requirements. He or she can organize the medical records, tax returns, work history information, and other documents that are critical to the application and appeals processes. From start to finish, your attorney will fight aggressively on your behalf and will take the time to clearly explain the status of your case to you.
The legal professionals at Chermol & Fishman LLC can accommodate virtually any SSD application. If you wish to ensure that your spouse, children, or grandchildren benefit from your disability, your Bethlehem Social Security Disability attorney can explain whether they qualify for inclusion on your application. If they can be included, your attorney will fight for their rights just as hard as they would for yours. After all, the compassionate attorneys who staff the Chermol & Fishman LLC team understand that many families rely on SSD benefits for financial support.