The Process of Obtaining Social Security Disability Benefits

Experienced Philadelphia Social Security Disability lawyer helps you through the application process

Social Security Disability benefits are granted to people who have paid into the system for at least 5 years, and who are suffering with an illness or injury that will take no fewer than 12 months to recover from. But the Social Security Administration is notorious for denying a person’s benefits in the initial stages. That is why you want an experienced Philadelphia Social Security Disability attorney on your side.

You can find that lawyer at Larry Pitt & Associates. With multiple office locations serving Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, we are always there to help you protect yourself and your family after a serious accident, injury or illness. We know what it takes to build a successful application for Social Security Disability benefits in Pennsylvania, and we want to help you through the process.

The initial application

When you apply for Social Security Disability, or SSD, you need to gather some important information to include with your application. That information consists of:

  • Your medical records, including the names of your doctors and your medications
  • Your birth certificate and marriage license (if you are married), as well as the birth certificates of any minor children you have
  • A list of all the employers you worked for in the last 15 years, and contact information for any employer you have worked for in the last two years (plus your current employer)
  • Your bank name and account numbers
  • What type of education and job training you have had
  • Proof of any military service

Certain physical and mental impairments are considered automatically eligible for Social Secuirty Disability benefits – but that does not mean your application will automatically be accepted. We review all of our clients’ applications before filing them, because even one seemingly minor mistake can cost you your benefits on your initial try. The SSD lawyers of Larry Pitt & Associates can also help you gather your information if you are having difficulties, or if it is not readily available to you, and will walk you through the application itself to ensure that it is filled out correctly. Our firm can also help determine whether or not you are eligible for Supplemental Security Income.

The process after application

A person whose initial application is accepted will begin receiving their benefits very soon. But sometimes the initial application for SSD benefits is rejected. Larry Pitt & Associates has helped thousands of people in and around Philadelphia who have tried to fill out the application on their own, or who originally enlisted the help of another firm for their disability benefits application. If your initial claim has been denied, we assist you through the rest of the process, including the:

  • Hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge
  • Review of the decision by the Social Secuirty Appeals Council

We also represent clients who wish to file a civil lawsuit in federal district court.

Get the help you need to apply for Social Security disability benefits

The Philadelphia-based law firm of Larry Pitt & Associates has the skills, resources and experience you want on your side when you need Social Security Disability benefits in order to provide for yourself and your family. We understand that you are probably frightened and in pain; we can help you move forward. Please call 888.PITT.LAW or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We proudly represent clients in and around Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties.