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If you have been injured and unable to work for any reason, you understand how emotionally and financially debilitating such injuries can be. You may be worried about how you will be able to feed your family, afford your medical expenses, and be able to focus on recovery when you have so many other things to worry about. If you have applied for Social Security Disability benefits and been denied, it does not mean you are out of luck. Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits can be a difficult process; many people make avoidable errors on their application that can mean the difference between receiving benefits and being denied.

Appealing a Social Security Disability Decision

The number one mistake people can make when applying for SSDI is failing to provide all of the necessary information. Though the general standards involve being able to prove that you are disabled, unable to do any substantial work, and that your condition is expected to last for at least one year, the intricacies involve specific information about your condition, your medical providers, your prognosis, and your work history.

If the Social Security Administration initially denies your claim, it may be due to the fact that you provided insufficient information. You have the right to file an appeal within sixty days of receiving word that you were not approved for benefits. This is the time to really make sure you have answered every question, taken the time to get all of the necessary names, addresses, phone numbers, information about your past and current medical conditions, work history, family information, financial status, and other relevant information. This information will be analyzed by the Bureau of Disability Determination to first determine if you meet the legal standard for having a disability as defined by the Social Security Administration. Then it becomes a consideration of whether you fit the criteria to be considered for benefit disbursement.

The process is rigorous for a variety of reasons. One is the susceptibility of abuse that plagues the governmental benefits systems. Fraud and abuse are significant concerns that take benefits away from those who actually need them while they try to get back on their feet. Another is that there is an economic incentive to have everyone that can be part of a workforce remain a part of the work force. It is in their best interest in the long run to engage in any type of meaningful work, and the rigorous selection process for SSDI benefits is to ensure that the program is for only those who actually cannot participate in gainful employment for a year or more due to a debilitating injury or medical condition.

Social Security Disability Application and Appeal Attorneys

At Solnick & Levin LLC, we understand how frustrating the process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be. Our experienced Social Security Disability attorneys will take the time to explain to you how to apply, or how to approach the application process the second time around. Having a knowledgeable team of professionals on your side when applying for benefits will greatly improve your chances of being approved for benefits and receiving benefits as soon as possible. Contact our Jenkintown, Pennsylvania office today to learn more about your legal rights


Potential Cuts to Social Security Disability in Pennsylvania

February 25, 2015

Earlier this month, the Senate Budget Committee held hearings on Social Security Disability (SSD). It is possible that, unless Congress acts otherwise, these fund reserves will be depleted, leaving an aging workforce in trouble. This could make it more difficult to obtain SSD benefits, even if you are entirely eligible. Dealing with your injury is […]

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Dangers of the Construction Industry

February 20, 2015

Pottsgrove, our neighbor to the northwest, has seen an increase in motor vehicle accidents on its roadways in recent years, prompting new, much-needed construction projects. With improvements, however, come dangers for participants in the projects. Construction zones create dangers for drivers and the construction workers themselves that are working on or near traffic on the […]

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Social Security Benefits in Pennsylvania: Understanding Your Options

February 18, 2015

If you are one of the nearly 150,000 in Pennsylvania who have filed Social Security Disability claims in the past year, you may have questions about your benefits. The Pennsylvania Social Security Disability Bureau of Disability Determination (Bureau) works hand-in-hand with the federal Social Security Office to determine whether disabled persons are entitled to disability benefits. Understanding […]

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Workers’ Compensation: A Fine Line Between Business and Pleasure

February 13, 2015

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court recently addressed yet another controversial issue regarding a former employee’s workers’ compensation rights. Blurring the lines between work and pleasure is a constant struggle in determining the validity and soundness of workers’ compensation claims. The standard is that the circumstances surrounding the incident leading to the accident or injury must be […]

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Understanding Contributory Negligence

February 11, 2015

When a person is injured in an accident, a common defense is contributory negligence. This is a legal term that implies that yes, the person who caused the accident did something wrong, but the person that got injured was doing something wrong too. The wrongdoer is essentially deflecting his wrongdoing onto the injured party. In […]

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“Normal Working Conditions” and Workers’ Compensation Cases

February 6, 2015

Some jobs are more dangerous than others and some injuries are also more severe than others. While there may be a marked difference between needing some stitches and losing a limb, emotional trauma has caused workers’ compensation regimes throughout the country to take pause in evaluating workers’ compensation awards from those experiencing emotional trauma, particularly […]

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Winter Wounds: Premises Liability and Storm Season

February 5, 2015

News reports of what was supposed to be our first “big” winter storm came and went without much ado here in Jenkintown. But winter isn’t over yet. With winter comes snow. And with snow comes the increased possibility of car accidents, pedestrian accidents, and slipping and falling onto the hard payment after snowfall and ice […]

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Traffic, Tolls, Texting & Trouble: Staying Safe on the Highways

January 30, 2015

Stop. Go. Start. Stop. Traffic can bring out the worst of all of us. Traffic is also one of the main causes of accidents on our nation’s highways. Add construction, lane closures, limited shoulder space, narrow lanes, and traffic shifts to the mixture and people become agitated and forget their basic motor safety. Other driving […]

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Bus Accident Litigation—What You Need to Know

January 29, 2015

Buses are one of the leading sources of transportation around the world. Whether you use the bus daily to commute to work or school, or if you only utilize buses during recreational travel, you know how convenient, affordable, and safe buses are generally. Despite them many safety features that buses boast, accident can and do […]

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