According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 19 percent of Americans have some type of disability. The national survey also revealed that individuals with severe disabilities are more likely to live in persistent poverty because of their reduced capacity to work. The federal government established two benefits programs to address the financial challenges of Americans living with disabilities. Unlike the means-tested Supplemental Security Income program, the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program uses work history and other criteria to screen applicants. Your payroll tax contributions are used to fund this national insurance program. You may be eligible for SSDI benefits if a mental or physical disability has reduced your ability to work.
The American Disability Act prohibits discrimination and requires employers to make reasonable accommodations in the workplace, but some medical conditions make it difficult for workers to perform essential tasks. Your inability to work as you once did can reduce your earnings potential. SSDI was designed to help workers like you.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) and Disability Determination Services state examiners jointly screen applicants to assess the legitimacy of their claims. Pertinent information includes your employment history and medical condition as well as treatments administered to address the disability. The vast majority of initial claims are denied for various reasons, including the applicant’s failure to provide sufficient and timely documentation. Because many SSDI applicants fail to correct these and other issues, their subsequent appeals are even less likely to be approved.
Your SSDI application is arguably one of the most important documents that you will ever file. The complex determination process and technical language intimidates potential applicants who are already overwhelmed with the challenges of their medical conditions. Despite the worthiness of your disability claim, government examiners will not give you a favorable ruling if your application is incomplete.
The SSA relies on a panel of judges and other expert reviewers to examine the strength of your claim based upon your application. It is essential that you work with a team of professionals who can help you build and present a strong case for your claim. A professional St. Croix Social Security Disability attorney has a working knowledge of the complex process used to make SSDI determinations. Chermol & Fishman LLC is a private, full-service law firm that seeks the best outcome for every client.
SSDI was designed as a safety net to protect workers from the financial devastation that can occur due to a disability. St. Croix Social Security Disability attorneys help Pennsylvania residents support their families and meet other financial obligations. Our experienced team will ensure that your application includes all relevant medical documents as well as a list of loved ones who rely on your earnings and support.
The SSA has specific criteria regarding which family members can be included on your application. In addition to your spouse and single children, this list can include your grandchildren. We can help you obtain official documents required to file an application that makes a compelling case for SSDI benefits. Our staff stays abreast of SSDI filing requirements and all aspects of the determination process, including appeals. You can support your family through disability. Why risk a denial of benefits because you missed a deadline or filed an incomplete application?