Lansdowne Social Security Disability Lawyers for Delaware County
Helping Delaware County Employees Navigate SSDI
Many workers who have an accident, an illness, or suffer any misfortune find that they simply cannot perform the tasks to do their job. Some workers may have physical difficulties. Other workers may have emotional problems. Workers who can no longer work due to a disability are entitled to help. Without an income, they face the inability to pay their bills and support their families. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a federal program that employers and employees fund during the time they do work. SSDI is not a handout. It is payback for the years workers paid into the SSDI program. Anyone who can’t work, for any reason, has the right to apply for disability.
At Larry Pitt & Associates, our Lansdowne Social Security Disability lawyers begin preparing your case by reviewing your work experience, your education, and your medical diagnosis and prognosis. We work with your treating doctors to help prove that your medical condition meets the definition of disability. For more than 35 years, we have helped many disabled workers obtain SSDI benefits.
Eligibility Requirements for Social Security Disability Insurance
SSDI first examines whether you meet their work history requirements. Applicants must have worked for five years during the 10 years prior to the application date for SSDI benefits. If you’re close to five years, we work to show that you didn’t properly get credit for times you did work.
SSDI then reviews whether you meet their definition of disability:
- Your medical condition must prevent you from working.
- Your disability must also stop you from doing any other type of work.
- Your disability must be expected to last for at least one year.
- Your disability does not have to be due to anything that happened at work.
The amount of disability income you receive is different for each applicant. SSDI income is based on how many years you worked and your average lifetime income.
Members of your family may also be entitled to SSDI income (in addition to your full share) if the family member is:
- Your minor child
- An adult child who is disabled
- A spouse who has been married to you for at least a year and is 62 or older
There are some exceptions to which family members can get SSDI benefits, which our Lansdowne Social Security Disability lawyers explain.
SSDI limits are capped at about $2,700/month. Recipients are also entitled to Medicare benefits after a two-year waiting period.
How We Show That Our Clients are Disabled
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has pre-classified many medical conditions as disabilities. This classification list is known as a “list of impairments.” The list covers 14 categories of physical and emotional medical problems, including respiratory disorders, mental disorders, or disorders of the cardiovascular system.
To prove that your ailment meets one of the conditions in the impairment list, we need to work with your doctors. Our Lansdowne Disability lawyers must show that your doctors performed specific tests for your type of medical problem and that you failed those tests. We can also prove you have an eligible disability if your medical condition is comparable to one of the medical conditions on the impairment list.
How to Win Your Claim if Your Medical Condition is Not on the SSDI List
If your condition isn’t on the list, you can still qualify. We determine whether your background and medical condition, in combination, can qualify you. The SSA considers the following four factors if your condition is not on the list of impairments:
- Your education level
- How old you are
- Your work history
- What job skills you have that can be transferred to a new job
We are skilled at arguing that your background and medical diagnosis meet this additional SSDI test. Generally, older applicants are more likely to be approved for SSDI than younger applicants.
Speak with a Respected Lansdowne Social Security Disability Lawyer at Larry Pitt & Associates Today
If you can’t work because of a medical condition, you need help. At Larry Pitt & Associates, our Reading Social Security Disability lawyers understand the complex SSDI rules and how to get you the money you need. We fight for workers who have cancer, lung disease, heart disease, lost limbs, loss of sight or hearing, or have other disorders. For strong advice, please phone us at 888-PITT-LAW or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation at our Lansdowne office in Delaware County.