Your Experienced Advocate For Social Security Disability Benefits
Social Security Disability (SSD) provides assistance to individuals who are afflicted with a physical illness or mental condition that prevents them from working. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are “insured,” meaning you have worked long enough and have paid Social Security taxes.
Applying for disability benefits is easy. First, talk to your doctors. Make sure they support your application for Social Security Disability and to note this in their file. You can then apply, in person, at your local Social Security office or online at www.SSA.gov.
We recommend you file your initial application yourself, to avoid paying an attorney fee. If your initial application is rejected by Social Security, you have 60 days to request a hearing. Contact Attorney Robert L. Cullen immediately for representation and to discuss filing a timely appeal. Residents of Bucks County, Greater Philadelphia and southern New Jersey can work with the experienced Social Security disability lawyer at Cullen Legal in Bristol to get the benefits they need. We assist Pennsylvania and New Jersey residents with appealing denied claims.
Who Qualifies For Social Security Disability Benefits?
When you apply for SSDI, you must provide medical and other information in order to determine whether or not you meet Social Security’s definition of disability. Disability is based on your inability to work. Social Security will only pay for total disability. No benefits are payable for partial disability or for short-term disability.
Attorney Robert L. Cullen can explain the process to you in greater depth during a free consultation, but generally you are considered disabled for purposes of Social Security if you meet all three of the following criteria:
- You cannot do work that you did before
- You cannot adjust to other work because of your medical conditions
- Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death
The Supplemental Security Income Option
Disabled individuals who have not paid enough in Social Security taxes to qualify for SSDI can apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This federal program is administered by the Social Security Administration and designed to assist children, the blind, and disabled individuals who have limited income and assets. The goal of the SSI program is to help recipients meet their basic needs.
The application process for SSI benefits is easy. You must apply in person at your local Social Security office. If your application is denied, you have 60 days to request a hearing. Contact Attorney Robert L. Cullen immediately for representation and to discuss filing a timely appeal. It is wise to work with an experienced attorney who will help you navigate the process. We only get paid if we collect benefits for you, and our fee is regulated by the Social Security Administration. Learn more about attorney fees in these cases.
The Initial Consultation Is Free
We welcome the opportunity to answer your questions and review the facts of your case. We will provide a candid assessment of what you can expect and recommend an effective course of action. Call 267-812-5870 or use our online contact form to schedule a meeting.