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Social Security Disability FAQ

Reliable Answers From Respected Bethlehem SSDI Lawyer

What is Social Security Disability? Am I eligible to receive such benefits? Who decides if I am? These are just some of the questions we hear every day at Vellner Law, PC in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. That's why we compiled this list of frequently asked questions about Social Security Disability. We realize many people have lots of questions about these issues, but they're not sure where to turn for accurate information.

Have a specific question about your Social Security Disability application? Simply contact us and schedule your free consultation today. Helping injured workers obtain the compensation they rightfully deserve drives us to work hard every single day.

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What is Social Security Disability?

Social Security Disability is a payroll-funded, federal program created to provide financial compensation to injured workers who have not yet reached retirement age and cannot work for an extended period of time.

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Who's eligible for Social Security Disability benefits?

There are two main criteria which disabled people must meet in order to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. You must:

  • Have an injury expected to last more than 1 year
  • Have worked for 5 out the last 10 years in a job covered Social Security

The Social Security Administration has many other criteria it uses to determine whether or not someone qualifies for SSD benefits.

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Do I automatically receive SSDI, Title II benefits in Pennsylvania?

No. The process for receiving Social Security Disability benefits is very complicated and competitive. Many applications for SSDI benefits are denied every year.

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Where do I apply for Social Security Disability benefits in Pennsylvania?

All applications for Social Security Disability benefits must be submitted to the Social Security Administration. The administration allows applicants to apply in person, on the phone or in writing online. We strongly encourage applicants to apply in writing. That way, you have a written record of your application and there's no debating later about what you or anyone else said about your application.

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Is there a deadline for applying for Social Security benefits in Pennsylvania?

Perhaps the most important deadline concerns your working history. In order to be considered eligible to receive SSDI benefits, you need to have had a job for 5 out of the last 10 years.

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Who decides if I will receive Social Security Disability benefits?

Initially, the Social Security Administration rules on all applications for SSDI benefits. If your SSDI, Title II application is denied, then an Administrative Law Judge will rule on your appeal. If your appeal is denied by the Judge, then we'll ask for a review by the SSA Appeals Council.

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How much money am I eligible to receive in Social Security Disability benefits?

How much money you will receive in Social Security Disability benefits depends on several factors. In general, the Social Security Administration calculates how much money you would have received if you had been able to continue working. Amounts vary and change annually. In 2017, the maximum amount someone could receive in SSDI benefits was $2,687 per month.

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How long can I receive Social Security Disability benefits?

There is no set time limit for how long you can receive SSD benefits. As long as you meet the Social Security Administration's criteria for SSDI benefits (and you have not reached retirement age), you can continue to receive SSDI benefits until it converts to SSA retirement/"old age" benefits.

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What should I do if my Social Security Disability benefits are terminated?

Contact our law firm immediately. We can help you appeal your SSDI termination of benefits and work to get them reinstated as soon as possible. We realize how important such benefits are to people. That's why we work tirelessly on such important cases.

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Why should I hire Vellner Law, PC to handle my Social Security Disability case?

Experience matters. And that's especially true when it comes to navigating your way through the Social Security Disability application process. There are so many different things that can go wrong when it comes to your appeal for SSDI benefits. That's why it's critical that you have an attorney on your side who understands how the system works and has a strong track record of success. Attorney Vellner has consistently helped those ill and disabled, including people injured at work and now finding themselves unable to work at all. You have too much at stake to take chances with your future. Contact us and schedule your free consultation right now.

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