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Persistence during appeal process matters after disability denial

People in Pennsylvania who are struggling with a disabling physical or mental condition might want to give up when they receive a denial of disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. A determination letter that denies a person benefits does not have to be the last word on the matter. An applicant has the right to appeal the decision and submit the paperwork within 65 days to the agency.

Why representation increases SSD and SSI hearing win ratios

Seeking Social Security disability (SSD) payments or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in Pennsylvania can sometimes be a daunting, time-consuming, and frustrating task. This is why having representation during the required hearings for SSD and SSI claims increases the odds of having a successful outcome with cases of this nature. As for why representation can be so helpful with disability claims, the short answer comes down to two things: solid case preparation and a more comprehensive and clear presentation of relevant arguments and positions.

Social Security Disability criteria for anxiety disorders

People in Pennsylvania typically think of physical limitations when defining disability, but documented mental disorders could significantly impede a person's ability to hold a job. The Social Security Administration recognizes that serious and ongoing mental health problems could represent valid reasons for the approval of disability benefits. The agency has a listing manual that includes anxiety disorder or panic attacks as qualifying conditions.

Supreme Court to review attorneys' fees for Social Security cases

People in Pennsylvania sometimes seek legal help when pursuing Social Security benefits. Two federal laws guide compensation for attorneys working on these cases, but the decisions among federal appellate courts have been split on the issue, and now the Supreme Court of the United States has accepted a case to resolve the confusion.

Guidelines worth following when applying for disability benefits

Social Security Disability Insurance provides a necessary safety net to many people. Pennsylvania residents and others who believe that they are entitled to benefits are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. When applications are completed and sent in a timely manner, they are more likely to be processed quickly. This means less time relying on personal assets to pay medical or other expenses.

Social Security Disability benefits and the appeals process

People in Pennsylvania who are applying for Social Security Disability may be worried about the consequences of filing a late appeal after a denial of disability benefits. If the Social Security Administration denies a disability claim, applicants are provided with 60 days in addition to five mailing days to appeal the decision in their case, starting from the date on the notice of denial. However, it can still be possible to file an appeal after that 65-day period, although it could be denied due to a lack of timely filing.

How moving could impact Social Security benefits

Pennsylvanians who receive Social Security disability benefits might wonder if moving out of state will make a difference in their monthly payments. While benefits don't vary by state, other factors could make one state more affordable than another.

Factors that influence when benefits arrive

Pennsylvania residents and others who have been approved to collect Social Security disability or SSI benefits may be wondering when they will get their first check. This first depends on what type of benefits a person is supposed to receive. Those who are expecting disability benefits will have a mandatory five month wait prior to getting their first check. However, those who are getting SSI benefits do not face any mandatory waiting period.

Social Security disability coverage

People living in Pennsylvania may wonder what will happen if they eventually become disabled. This concern is valid: It is estimated that 20 percent of adults in the United States will experience at least a three-month period of disability during their working years. In addition, even healthy people can suffer an unexpected accident or illness that can leave them unable to work.

About Social Security Disability Insurance

While many Pennsylvania residents may believe that Social Security is a retirement benefit, it is actually intended to provide people with a form of protection against the possibility of lost income. The loss of income could be the result of a disability, retirement or the death of the income earner of the household.


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