The Social Security Administration (SSA) administers two disability programs for individuals who are disabled: Social Security Disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
The federal government defines and regulates the meaning of disability. The Social Security Administration has defined the term “disability” as the: “inability to engage in substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of no less than twelve months,” or blindness.
If an individual has been denied benefits, he or she has sixty (60) days to file an Appeal and Request a Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. It is important that any such appeal be made after consulting with a Galfand Berger lawyer in order to include relevant and important documentation as the basis for your appeal.
Eventually, the disabled individual will have a hearing before a Social Security Judge at which time he or she will testify. The individual has the right to have an attorney represent him or her at this hearing to present the testimony and cross examine the vocational expert who in all probability will be present at the hearing.
The payment of SSDI is based on the individual’s past wages/ income. Remember, the fact that a person cannot do his or her regular work at the time of the injury job does not in and of itself qualify him or her for benefits. The disabled individual must be able to show he or she is unable to do other types of work. However, the extent of the disability may vary depending on the individual’s age.
If you or a loved one needs to file a social security disability claim, we are happy to answer your questions and have one of our Philadelphia social security disability lawyers review your case for free. Please call us at 1-800-222-USWA (8792) or complete our short contact form and a member of our firm will contact you. With offices in Philadelphia, Bethlehem, Lancaster and Reading, we serve clients throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. And, remember, there is no fee unless we recover for you.