Social Security disability benefits are often the lifeline that is needed for many disabled individuals, including those in Pennsylvania. However, that doesn't mean that the benefits will last forever. Instead, the Social Security Administration will make a periodic review of a person's medical condition in order to determine whether that person still meets the requirements needed to continue receiving benefits. The timelines as to when this will be completed are dependent on the expectations of whether and how the individual's disabling illness or injury is may improve.
There are many reasons why a person in Pennsylvania may be considered disabled. When it comes to a person's ability to work, the very language they speak could become a factor.
One of the requirements of being awarded Social Security Disability benefits in Philadelphia is that the applicant is unable to perform any substantial gainful activity. What does this term mean?
Mental health can be a difficult topic for many in Pennsylvania to talk about, due to the misinformation and stigma surrounding it. Because it usually does not present physical pain, one may wonder how it can affect one's ability to work. However, mental illness can be so crippling as to prevent a person not only from being able to perform their job duties, but it may prevent them from leaving their homes all together. One type of mental illness that could present such problems is a personality disorder.
In the past this blog has discussed the process for appealing a denied Social Security disability application. However, applicants in Pennsylvania may wonder why their application was denied in the first place. In fact, nearly two out of every three initial applications for benefits will be turned down. While this article is not to be taken as specific legal advice, it may give you a better understanding of why some claims are denied.
When people think of someone who may choose to pursue Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income, they may immediately assume that the applicant suffers from some sort of physical injury or illness. However, mental illness can be just as debilitating as a physical injury -- even more in some cases, as these types of illnesses are often hushed-up or go untreated due to the stigma surrounding them. However, it is very important that those in Pennsylvania who need financial help due to a mental illness seek the benefits they are entitled to. Our law firm understands that this can be a confusing process.