Social Security Disability
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70% of SSD Claims are Denied in Pennsylvania
The Social Security Administration denies about 70% of disability claims every year. However, Going and Plank offers decades of experience fighting appeals. We represent disabled individuals who have been denied SSD. We’ll can put that experience to work for you to help you obtain the SSD benefits you deserve.
Secure SSD benefits is not always easy. In fact, The Social Security Administration reports that from 2007 to 2016, an average of only 22 percent of applicants were awarded benefits at the initial claim level. However, if the SSA denies your claim, contact a qualified attorney from Going and Plank in downtown Lancaster, PA. We can help.
The Social Security Administration Maintains Two Programs
The first program is “social security disability.” It makes payment to individuals who became disabled and who have worked over a specified number of years. In this program, the source of the benefits paid are the individuals’ earnings record and payment into social security while working.
The second program is “supplemental security income” (SSI). It makes payment to disabled individuals who have not worked enough quarters to be entitled to disability benefits under the social security disability (SSD) program. Eligibility for payment under the SSI program, like SSD, is predicated on proof of a disability based upon physical or mental impairments or a combination of both. Additionally, the Social Security Administration applies a means test to determine eligibility for SSI benefits. You must file an appeal with the Social Security Administration within 60 days of your denial in order to get an appeals hearing.
Many SSD Claims are Denied Because of Paperwork Errors
Filing for SSD is complicated, and it’s too easy to make mistakes. Importantly, you’ll need medical records establishing dates of your disability. You must provide proof that you are still disabled. Pennsylvania requires you to include documentation of all medications, their purpose, and dosage. Furthermore, the Commonwealth also mandates that you include the names and addresses of all doctors and medical facilities associated with your disability.
The list goes on and on. You need to provide detailed work history, workers’ compensation files, and even financial account information. No wonder that even the most detail-oriented people can make mistakes that cause the government to deny your SSD benefits.
Going and Plank Offers Affordable Legal Help for Lancaster County
The SSA may deny a claim for many reasons. For example, you can receive a technical denial if you are able to perform work that brings in more than a certain dollar amount per month. As of 2019, that figure is $1,220. Additionally, the SSA may also deny your claim if you haven’t worked long enough to sufficiently pay into the Social Security program, or if you haven’t worked recently enough. However, in many cases, the causes are missing documents, paperwork errors, or miscalculated income.
When you hire a lawyer to help with your SSD case, you improve the odds of a successful appeal. Going and Plank withholds attorneys’ fees until you receive payment of benefits. That means that our representation is available at no cost to you unless we recover funds for you.
We Understand the Social Security Disability Appeals Process
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