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Social Security Disability

When you are injured in a workplace accident, many of us rely on workers compensation to pay the bills. But what if your injury is so severe, you’re unable to return to work. What can you do?

In a situation such as this, you have the right to file for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI). But the process can be complex and difficult to navigate. As long as you have the right attorney by your side, the process wouldn’t be as confusing.

For decades, the Pennsylvania Social Security disability lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli have been helping thousands of clients with their SSDI claims. We understand the process and what needs to take place in order to achieve a successful outcome. We will carefully and quickly guide you through the claim process and, if needed, help you with your appeal if your claim is denied.

How Do I Know if I Qualify for Social Security?

When you claim Social Security disability, you need to understand that you will only be paid for a total disability, not partial or short-term disability. Since the number of working-age adults applying for disability has increased dramatically throughout the years, it’s important that you meet all criteria so your claim is approved the first time around.

To be considered total disabled, you need to meet the following conditions:

  • You are unable to do the work that you were doing prior to your injury
  • You are unable to adjust to another type of work because of your current medical condition
  • Your disability is expected to last for a minimum of one year or result in death

Here is a scenario of how you would qualify for social security disability benefits:

Let’s say you’re a delivery driver and you get into a severe car accident. The accident has left you with a traumatic brain injury and your short-term memory has been severely impacted. Because of your injury, you are unable to drive. And since cannot learn new skills, you may be unable to perform another job. Since this is a long-term disability, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.

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Why Do I Need a Social Security Disability Lawyer?

As you can imagine, the SSDI claim process is extremely complex and it’s very easy to be denied with just one simple mistake. And just like filling out any type of insurance claim, it’s best to have an experienced attorney guide you through the process.

After hiring Fellerman & Ciarimboli, our SSDI attorney will guide you through the application process. We will explain the paperwork needed to help prove your case and how to appropriately complete your application for the greatest chance of getting it approved.

Remember, no lawyer can state that they can successfully get you the benefits you need. The decision is up to the Social Security Administration. But if your application is for some reason denied, having an attorney can be beneficial to help you through the appeal process, especially if they are already familiar with your claim.

In addition, if your financial situation is dire, an attorney may be able to speed up the process and request an “on-the-record” decision by the judge, which could mean an approval without the need of a hearing.

What Happens During the Appeals Process?

If you need to appeal your Social Security disability denial, it is essential to have an attorney by your side. It is a complicated, multi-step process that you shouldn’t face alone.

The first step of the appeal process is the Request for Reconsideration stage, although it’s very rare that your claim will be approved at this stage of the process. That means you will have to prepare for the second stage, a hearing with the local Office of Disability Adjudication & Review (ODAR). This stage is the best chance you’ll get for reversing the original decision, which is why it’s important to have legal representation with you at this stage of the process. Especially since you will be presenting an argument before a judge.

If you lose your appeals case, then you will have to wait a full year before submitting another application with no guarantee for success.

Our Pennsylvania Social Security Disability Lawyers Are Ready to Help

If you’re considering filing for SSDI, the earlier you contact a disability attorney, the better your chances are for a successful claim. At Fellerman & Ciarimboli, we understand the difficulties you and your loved ones are facing at this time. Dealing with a severe injury is tough -- but trying to find compensation for your injuries can put added stress on your shoulders. With compassion and respect, we will work with you to make the process as simple as possible.

Do not file a SSDI claim alone. Contact a Pennsylvania Social Security disability lawyer at Fellerman & Ciarimboli today to set up a free consultation.

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