An Overview Of SSDI And SSI
Everyone’s experience with the Social Security Disability process is different. Sometimes cases can be approved quickly. Most times, claimants have to fight for the benefits they need by filing appeals. At Chermol & Fishman, LLC, you can trust that we will forcefully advocate for you at each step of the process.
We represent people seeking Social Security Disability Insurance benefits and Supplemental Security Income benefits because of physical and mental impairments that affect their daily lives. Our firm helps clients throughout the greater Philadelphia metro and eastern and south-central Pennsylvania. We also serve clients nationwide, with offices in New Jersey, Texas, Florida, Kentucky and Illinois.
How We Help Our Clients
Our clients would rather be working, but they cannot for reasons that are beyond their control. We assist our clients by getting them cash benefits that help them make ends meet and the medical insurance benefits that come with being found disabled.
It generally takes 75 to 180 days to get an initial decision on an SSDI/SSI application. If the application is denied, the first appeal is a request for reconsideration. It typically takes another 60 to 120 days for a decision on the request for reconsideration. The next appeal is a request for a hearing by an administrative law judge.
It will then likely take between 12 and 18 months from when a request for a hearing is filed to go before an administrative law judge for a hearing.
The Difference Between SSDI And SSI
As an experienced law firm, we represent people seeking SSDI and SSI benefits. Depending on your situation, you may be eligible for financial and medical benefits through one or both programs. You may be eligible for SSDI if you have paid Social Security taxes over time and cannot work. You may be eligible for SSI if you are disabled or blind, have limited income and limited resources, and meet certain other requirements. If you are the widow, the widower or the disabled child of a wage earner, you may be eligible for SSDI benefits under that person’s earnings record.
More Information On SSDI And SSI Benefits
We can answer your questions and give you clear, correct information about your SSDI or SSI claim, including questions about:
- The SSDI and SSI claim application processes
- SSDI and SSI appeals
- What to do about denied or refused claims
- Why you need an attorney for your claim
- How to choose the best attorney for your needs
Many of our attorneys formerly worked for the SSA, and their extensive experience can be an advantage in your SSDI or SSI case.
Contact Chermol & Fishman, LLC, For A Free Consultation
If you are a person who has been out of work or who is expected to remain out of work for at least one year, you may be entitled to disability benefits through either the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. Contact our firm today for a free consultation. Call 215-795-4448.