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Philadelphia Social Security Disability Law Blog

Getting a win in front of an administrative judge tough in Philly

Many people in the Philadelphia area may find themselves unable to work because of an illness or injury. Despite oftentimes having a track record of being hard workers at high-paying jobs, these folks will quickly find after a few months of being laid up that they need financial help if they wish to survive.

To get this help, many will turn to the Social Security Administration in order to draw SSDI or SSI benefits, both of which are forms of disability payments that have different eligibility criteria. Applying for these benefits is a complicated and arduous task. Unfortunately, despite one's best efforts, it is fairly common to have an application denied at the initial stages.

Can I get disability after drawing workers' compensation?

Many Philadelphia residents who need to explore getting disability benefits are in their predicament because of a work-related injury. Indeed, even when all parties involved are being as careful as possible, there are many jobs in the area that simply involve dangerous work. Workers will inevitably get hurt from time to time, sometimes seriously.

Like other states, Pennsylvania has a workers' compensation system to deal with these sorts of situations, but too often, the benefits that workers' compensation provides are simply not enough to keep an injured worker afloat financially, at least not in the long run.

How can you speed up the hearing process for SSD benefits?

Even with the best preparation possible, many, if not most, applications for Social Security Disability benefits are denied in the initial stages. When this happens, a Philadelphia resident will have to wait for a hearing before an administrative law judge in order to make his case that he is entitled to disability benefits.

Unfortunately, the waiting time for these hearings is notoriously long, so long, in fact, that it has in recent months attracted attention from the national news media. To some extent, this is just part of the process with which a person has to live, as the months or even years of delay is largely a political problem.

SSD benefits for children living with disabilities

When individuals in Pennsylvania and elsewhere think about a person filing a disability claim, he or she often thinks of a worker that suffered an injury because of a work accident. While this is a common reason to file for Social Security disability benefits, this is not the only reason to do so. In fact, it is not only adults that benefit from this program. Children, too, can apply for and receive SSD benefits for a disability he or she is suffering from.

There are various reasons why a child may receive SSD benefits, and it is not only due to the child suffering from a disability. Based on 2017 data, it was found that the SSA distributed roughly $2.6 billion each month as a means to benefit 4.2 million children who have one or both parents that are disabled, retired or deceased. The idea is that these funds help provide the necessities of life for the family, making it possible for these children to have their needs met so they can complete high school.

Activity vs. rest could promote brain injury recovery

Some injuries are more severe than others. Thy can be so severe, in fact, that a person may never fully recover from it. In these cases, the individual may have his or her life impacted for the rest of their life. This could mean the inability to live life as they once could, accomplish basic tasks, take care of him or herself and even maintain employment. In these cases, it is important to understand how the Social Security Administration could assist them. Even if the injury is recoverable, if it is disabling for a year or more, Social Security disability benefits may be available.

Take a brain injury for example. A head trauma occurring in a car crash, fall or a work accident could create many health issues. A person may struggle with daily pain in the form of headaches and migraines and their cognitive and speech skills could be impacted. While it is possible to recover from such an injury, it is often a long road.

Guiding you through the SSD benefits application process

When the unexpected in life occurs, individuals in Pennsylvania and elsewhere are often wondering what they can do With regards to a sudden disabling injury or illness, many are caught off guard, unsure what they can or should do. While the Social Security Administration is known to many, it may not be known how one exactly qualifies and what it actually takes to obtain Social Security disability benefits.

At Jeffrey S. Lichtman, our skilled legal team is available to ease your troubles by answering questions regarding SSD benefits and the application process. Many might be deterred from even applying because they are worried or even convinced that they will be denied benefits. Our law firm wants individuals to understand that this should not stop one from seeking these benefits, as many recipients wee initially denied.

What information is needed for SSD benefits?

Although we try to, we cannot predict the future. While individuals in Pennsylvania and elsewhere might plan and prepare for their future as best as they can, one cannot always be prepared for the unexpected. Take a disabling injury or condition. One cannot presume, especially at a young age, that he or she may no longer be able to work because of a disability. Because of this, these individuals need to obtain the necessary information so they can timely address their matter, such as applying for Social Security disability benefits.

What information is needed for SSD benefits? The Social Security administration need to determine that an applicant is suffering from an eligible disability before benefits can be awarded. Not only is medical documentation needed to prove he or she meets the SSA's definition of disability, an applicant must be able to indicate the type of work he or she was able to do prior to suffering a disability.

Workers' comp and disability payments impacting SSD benefits

Suffering an injury is an emotional and often daunting experience. One is not only seeking medical avenues to recover from said injury, but they are also trying to find the funds to pay for these bills and address the hardship of being unable to work because of the injury. When a serious injury leaves a person disabled, this can be a difficult situation, causing one to seek out financial assistance.

Social Security disability benefits are very resourceful and often necessary. However, this is not the only resource available to those living with a disability. Depending on where a person works, it is possible to obtain disability payments from private sources. This includes private pensions or insurance benefits. When these are receives, these do not impact Social security disability benefits received by the disabled worker.

Helping you secure SSD benefits

For individuals living in Pennsylvania and other states across the nation, it is clear that not everyone has the same abilities. This does not make anyone better or worse; however, it does mean that some individuals are faced with conditions or injuries that make it harder to do everyday things or even hold down a job. Living with a disability can present challenges. While it is possible to make accommodations and lead a normal life, one may still endure financial hardships due to ongoing medical costs and the inability to work.

Social Security disability benefits are designed to help those living with disabilities that are so serious he or she in unable to work. In order to obtain these benefits, individuals need to go through the application process. Many have probably heard how this process can be, causing them to be apprehensive. Because many initial applications are denied. However, this should not deter people from filing an application.

Neck injuries and SSD benefits

When accidents happen, victims are likely to suffer injuries. While some of these injuries may be minor, others can be more severe. And there aren't many injuries more serious than an injury to the neck. Whether it is because of a fall, automobile accident, work accident or any other types of accident, a neck injury could significantly impact a person's ability to function normally, live their normal life and even maintain a job. Thus, it is important to explore one's financial assistance options following an incident causing a neck injury.

There are various types of neck injuries. Some of these are minor; however, others are severe and debilitating temporarily or permanently. The vast majority of neck injuries affect the soft tissue. This means the injury impacts the muscles, ligaments and fascia of the neck. Common injuries include a crick in the neck, muscle strain and a neck sprain. These are relatively minor when compared to neck injuries that impact the nerves or the spinal cord.

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