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Back pay may be possible in a disability case

Pennsylvania residents who apply for disability benefits may be able to receive payments retroactive to the date that they filed. While there is no maximum amount that they can receive, there are many factors that could determine what they are entitled to. Individuals who filed 17 months or more after they stopped performing substantial work could get up to 12 months in back payments.

Wait times for disability benefits decisions

Pennsylvania residents who have submitted claims for Social Security disability benefits should know that their wait times will depend on many factors. Applicants who have been denied disability benefits should expect to receive their notices rather quickly as there is a 65-day deadline they will have to maintain when submitting an appeal.

Date of disability onset crucial for retroactive SSD benefits

The process of evaluating an application for Social Security Disability benefits involves the determination of when the disability started. Known as the established date of onset, this date will influence how far back in time the Social Security Administration will go to determine the back payment of benefits for a Pennsylvania applicant.

Social media may be used when evaluating a disability claim

Pennsylvania residents have likely seen examples of individuals who have had negative experiences at work, at school or with law enforcement because of what they posted on social media. Now, the Social Security Administration may start turning to Facebook and Instagram when evaluating a person's disability claim.

Medical records an examiner deems to be relevant

Pennsylvania residents do not need include medical records when sending in an application for Social Security Disability benefits. However, they can be a useful tool in helping to get it approved. An examiner will look for as much objective evidence as possible that shows a condition makes it impossible to perform even simple tasks. It may be a good idea to seek treatment because a doctor may be able to take notes and include them in an applicant's file.

Receiving disability benefits after getting an award notice

Individuals filing for Social Security disability benefits in Pennsylvania typically go through a long and involved process. Therefore, when an award notice is received, it's understandably a welcome relief for most applicants. As for when benefits will actually start, payouts are often received sooner when individuals get an award notice at the initial disability application or reconsideration appeal level. It normally takes a bit longer to receive benefits when an award notice is granted at the hearing level.

Tips for submitting a quality disability application

When a Pennsylvania resident files for disability benefits, the claim is sent to a disability determination services (DDS) office in the state. The claim is then sent to an examiner who will evaluate the application and make a decision as to whether a person will receive financial aid. In some cases, it will be necessary to attend a consultative examination (CE). This is usually true if an applicant's medical records are all 90 days or older.

How disability applications are decided

After filing for a Social Security disability benefits claim, an applicant in Pennsylvania may receive a notice of denial. In some cases, the notices will come relatively quickly, but that isn't an indication of how strong they are. Instead, it is a measure of how fast an examiner was able to review the medical information an applicant supplied. As a general rule, examiners try to get through a case as quickly as possible, but there is no deadline to do so.

An appeal could be easier than filing a new application

Individuals in Pennsylvania who have a disability may be able to get disability benefits from the government. The process of obtaining benefits involves sending an application with relevant medical information explaining how the condition makes it impossible to work. If an application is denied, an applicant has the option to file a new claim or appeal the denial. In most cases, filing an appeal takes less time and paperwork.

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.

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