Living with a disability is difficult enough without having to worry about how you will continue to pay the bills. The federal SSDI program may be able to help you get the money you need to maintain your quality of life while you are temporarily or permanently disabled.
Unlike a charity donation or handout, this program is a type of insurance that working individuals pay into through deductions that are taken from their paychecks. SSD is a benefit that you have already paid to be able to use in the event that you become disabled to the extent that you are unable to work. If you are eligible, it just makes sense to take advantage of this benefit.
Both the Pennsylvania Disability Determination Services Office and the Social Security Administration (SSA) require you to send in a detailed application for SSD benefits. The application must not omit any information that these offices deem necessary. Information that is requested from these offices often includes the date of your disability, medical treatments you received for this disability as well as your current age and work history.
Medical records are used as the primary documents that will be considered when determining if you are eligible for benefits. A lengthy appeals process may be required if your initial application is denied, and it could take several months to start receiving benefits. To ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible, you should hire a social security disability attorney to represent you.
The difficult and lengthy process of applying for benefits involves understanding complicated technical terms, satisfying the requirements and providing adequate proof of your disability. We do not recommend that applicants go through the process alone. You can hire a social security disability attorney, who has already worked on cases like yours, to ensure that you have someone handling your case who knows how to navigate the process.
A social security disability attorney has many responsibilities during the application process. These include working with your medical provider to gather the information needed to prove disability, assisting you with navigating through the application and filing paperwork that must be submitted for you to be considered for benefits. If you have questions about the social security disability application process, your attorney will be available and capable of answering them.
Although you will be applying for benefits for yourself, you may not be the only person in your family who needs these benefits for housing, food and other necessities. Dependents may be taken into consideration when you are applying for benefits, including your spouse, children, and even grandchildren.
Make sure to mention any family members who depend on you for financial support to your attorney. This will ensure that your attorney will include them in your application for benefits.
When determining how much you will receive in benefits, the Pennsylvania Disability Determination Services office and SSA will take into consideration your family members who are dependent on you. So it is important to keep them in mind throughout the application process.
By consulting a social security disability lawyer, you will be able to maintain a good quality of life for yourself and your family members who depend on you.