You have worked all of your life and paid into Social Security for both disability and retirement benefits just like others. Each and every time you received a paycheck, you saw a deduction for amounts paid to the government to fund the Social Security programs. Unfortunately, the time has now come for you to collect because you are unable to work. You may or may not be eligible for receiving other benefits as well, but the fact is that you are unable to work and wish to pursue Social Security disability benefits.
At first, it may seem easy. You know you are expected to be out of work for at least 12 months or more; therefore, you are entitled to the benefits provided to eligible persons who are in this situation. However, once you start the claims process, it is an entirely different story.
Although you have provided the medical records they requested, the proof of income statements they need, your records showing your contributions to Social Security, and the many other documents the government told you to supply, the decision has been made that you are not eligible. At this point, you may be at your wit’s end, wondering what you can do.
This point is where the proper legal counsel can be of tremendous value. A Social Security benefits lawyer can help you navigate the already difficult process that has now become even more draining due to the initial decision rejecting your application.
If you want to be sure you are getting an attorney with years of experience handling Social Security disability benefits cases, consider Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC. We have Philadelphia Social Security benefits lawyers who have “been there, done that,” but do not and will not take a flippant attitude with your case. Rather, our lawyers will work with you to help you get the benefits to which you are entitled.
The Social Security disability attorney assigned to your case will review the steps you have already taken, and will advise you regarding the options you have moving forward to challenge the initial decision. We will have an honest discussion with you regarding your chances of success if you choose to appeal the initial determination and request a hearing. In addition, your attorney will help you organize and obtain your documentation so that it will be more accessible. Be careful, there are deadlines for filing an appeal and requesting a hearing before an administrative law judge following an initial denial, so make sure you contact an attorney immediately upon receiving your denial letter.
See our Social Security FAQ page for answers to commonly asked Social Security disability benefits questions.
You can reach our offices by calling (215) 875-7030 to set up an appointment for a free initial consultation. You can also visit our contact us page and fill out the simple online form. Once we have received your submission, a Philadelphia Social Security benefits lawyer will contact you within 24 hours to schedule an appointment.