If you live in York, PA, and have a disability, you may be wondering how you will support yourself, pay your medical bills and take care of your family while you are unable to work. If you cannot perform any sustained or substantial work as a result of a disabling illness or injury, you may quality for social security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits.
What is Social Security Disability Insurance?
Social Security’s SSDI program was created by the federal government to provide financial support for workers who are presently experiencing a long-term disability. The disability must be serious enough to prevent the worker from performing any gainful or substantial work. SSDI is funded by FICA taxes that are withheld from an employee’s paycheck. Self-employed persons must also pay FICA taxes. As a result, most full time workers today are eligible for SSDI benefits if they suffer a seriously disabling condition.
Who Can Qualify for SSDI?
If you have worked a certain number of hours every year and have been paying FICA taxes, you probably qualify for SSDI. Spouses and dependents may also qualify if the primary wage earner in a family has suffered a disability. To receive benefits, you must prove that your disability prevents you from performing any gainful and substantial work. A medical professional must supply the Social Security Administration with the date your disability was diagnosed as well as extensive supporting documentation about the treatments you presently receive to treat your disability.
Is it Difficult to Qualify for SSDI Payments?
To qualify for SSDI benefits, you must prove that you are eligible. Establishing eligibility can be somewhat daunting if you are not a lawyer. There is quite a bit of paperwork involved, and it must be completed properly and within a certain amount of time. Errors in the paperwork and other documentation can result in your claim being rejected. Your claim might also be rejected if you do not meet the SSDI qualification requirements. If your claim is rejected, you can either accept the ruling or appeal it.
A York SSDI Lawyer Can Help
SSDI lawyers specialize in social security law. Because they have extensive experience in the SSDI application and appeal processes, they can ensure that all of your paperwork is completed properly and that all essential documentation and medical information is submitted to support your case.
Protect Your Rights Under Social Security Disability Law
To receive SSDI benefits, you must clearly show that you are unable to engage in substantial and gainful employment on a full time basis. Up to 70 percent of SSDI claims are denied upon initial application. If you have been denied benefits, a York SSDI attorney can file an appeal on your behalf with a social security judge and a hearing will be scheduled. Your lawyer will obtain all the documentation necessary to support your claim and present it to the social security judge for review.
Contact the Ruth Kolb Law Office for a Free Consultation
An experienced SSDI attorney can review your employment history and medical records to determine whether you qualify for SSDI benefits. If you have been denied benefits, we can review your case and help you to file an appeal.
Hear from Our Clients in York
[quote_simple author=”Donna from York”]“It was so overwhelming to try to keep up with my treatments and fight social security at the same time. Ruth explained what was happening each step of the way and I knew everything was being done correctly which was a great relief.”[/quote_simple]
Donna worked part-time while her husband played the role of full-time bread winner. Unexpectedly, Donna’s husband died throwing her life is chaos. Donna returned to full-time work but after a short time was diagnosed with breast cancer. Donna was initially denied for social security on the grounds that she would recover from the breast cancer. The breast cancer went into remission, but the treatment left Donna with some permanent nerve damage in her arm and recurring joint pain. The Ruth Kolb Law Office helped Donna prepare a strong appeal and a successful win at the hearing. In addition to receiving benefits from her own limited work record Donna also received widows’ benefits.