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Applying for SSD benefits may not be as easy as you think

There is a myriad of serious health issues that could plague a person in Pennsylvania. Sometimes these issues are chronic, leading a person to the point of disability as time marches on. Other times it is a sudden injury or illness that significantly impacts a person's health, leading to disability and an inability to work. It's times like these that being able to secure Social Security disability benefits is more important than ever.

However, individuals should not be duped into thinking the disability benefits application process is simple. Even with the ability to apply online, it only takes one minor mistake to delay a person's approval or even lead to an application being denied. Moreover, it takes a significant amount of medical evidence to prove one is disabled for the purposes of receiving benefits. Failure to submit sufficient evidence could lead to a denied claim.

Conversely, providing too much information can backfire. If the Social Security Administration receives a lengthy and overly detailed explanation of an individual's disability on his or her application, the agency may determine that this shows the applicant has the capability to persevere at a task that takes a certain amount of concentration and attention, in a manner inconsistent with the applicant's claim that he or she is unable to work.

Therefore, it can help to have the assistance of an attorney when applying for Social Security disability benefits. An attorney can help with the initial application, and should that application be denied, an attorney can help during the appeals process. The professionals at The Disability Law Office of Jeffrey S. Lichtman, LLC are committed to the goal of providing their clients with positive outcomes in their cases. With over 20 years of experience, Attorney Jeffrey S. Lichtman has the knowledge necessary to guide his clients through the disability benefits application process. Readers of this blog can review his Social Security disability benefits webpage to learn more about the application process.

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