Social Security Disability Lawyer in Pennsylvania
Don't Give Up Hope. Metzger Wickersham Is Here to Help.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or simply SSD) is a government program designed for people who have become disabled and are no longer able to work. Most people pay into the program throughout their entire working lives through payroll deductions and therefore reasonably trust that the government will approve them for benefits if they suffer a disabling injury or illness. Unfortunately, however, it's very common for the government to deny SSD claims. Nationally, about two-thirds of all applicants are denied benefits initially.
Many disabled people become discouraged after they receive a disability benefits denial notice, but you should know that there is hope and help available. If your initial SSD application was denied, do not give up. Get in touch with a Pennsylvania Social Security Disability lawyer at Metzger Wickersham today to schedule a free initial consultation. We’d be happy discuss your case and how we may be able to help you receive the benefits you are entitled to.
Why Was my SSD Claim Denied?
One of the top reasons why appeals are denied is because many applicants fail to return their appeals form on time or fail to include helpful information that could help them win their case.
- There is not enough medical evidence to prove that you are unable to work
- The applicant is still capable of working a different job
- The applicant failed to follow prescribed treatment
- The applicant failed to provide necessary documentation
- The applicant has had previous denials
Should I Hire a Social Security Disability Lawyer?
Dealing with the government throughout the course of your SSD claim can be a long, frustrating process. Let us handle the work for you. Our experienced Social Security Disability attorneys in Pennsylvania understand the system and know the type of documentation required in order to get your claim approved. We can help you with the confusing paperwork and guide you through all stages of the application and appeals process.
- We can help gather medical records that prove your injuries and the impact those injuries have had on your life.
- If the case progresses to a hearing, we can represent you and ensure that your case is presented clearly, completely, and convincingly.
- We can ensure that all of your paperwork is filled out accurately and submitted in a timely manner.
- We can assist you with the appeals process if your claim has already been denied. Appealing a denied claim with experienced legal support is often more successful than re-applying.
Appealing a Denied SSD Claim
If you already applied and your claim has been denied, you can appeal the decision. You must file your appeal within 60 days of the day you receive your denial notice. Once you appeal, a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) will be scheduled. If you hire an attorney at Metzger Wickersham to assist with your case, we can represent you at this hearing.
The hearing is important because it is the only time in the administrative appeal process where we can argue your case in front of a judge with the authority to approve your request for benefits. Statistically, people represented by an attorney have been successful in winning their claims more often than people without attorney representation. Every case is different, but rest assured that our experienced Social Security Disability attorneys are dedicated to helping disabled individuals win the benefits they need and deserve.
Am I Eligible for Social Security Disability?
- Meet the Social Security Administration's definition of disability
- Have physical or mental health impairments (or a combination of both) severe enough to keep you from working any regular, paying job for at least 12 months - OR - have impairments that are expected to result in death
- Have a work history long enough to have paid into the Social Security Disability system
If your work history is not long enough to make you eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits, you may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSI provides monthly payments to people who are disabled, do not have adequate work history, and have little or no income and resources.
What Is the Difference Between Social Security Disability & Supplemental Security Income?
Often used interchangeably, SSD and SSI actually refer to two completely different government programs. The key difference between the two programs is that SSD or SSDI eligibility is dependent on the amount contributed to the Social Security Fund over the course of an individual's employment history, while SSI has nothing to do with the Fund and is specifically reserved for low income individuals. To qualify for SSI, you must possess less than $2000 in assets and have a very low income. A social security lawyer from our firm can review your case to see if you meet the eligibility requirements for either SSD or SSI.
Call a Pennsylvania Social Security Disability Lawyer at (888) 286-2850!
You shouldn't have to jump through hoops to get the maximum disability benefits you deserve. Metzger Wickersham knows how to win benefits for people with many types of injuries and occupational illnesses. We will analyze your case under Social Security Regulations and gather medical evidence to support your claim. Let our firm help you cut through the government's red tape.
Metzger Wickersham has been serving the needs of the injured throughout Pennsylvania for more than 130 years. We understand how frustrating and disheartening it can be to be denied the benefits you need and deserve, which is why we provide our clients with focused, zealous, results-oriented advocacy. We serve clients from locations in Harrisburg, Lancaster, Pottsville, Shippensburg, Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport, and York.
Contact us today to get started with your case! Don’t give up hope; call Metzger Wickersham to put trusted legal advocates on your side.