Harrisburg Social Security Disability Lawyers
If you suffer from a long-term illness or injury that prevents you from working, you may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Additionally, if you are disabled and retired, you may still be eligible to receive SSD in addition to your retirement pension.
SSD and SSI are federally funded programs offered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) that provide supplemental income to people who are physically or mentally unable to work.
If you have questions regarding SSD or SSI eligibility, the application process, or filing for an appeal, contact the experienced Social Security Disability lawyers at the law offices of Schmidt Kramer today.
Our Harrisburg and Camp Hill social security disability lawyers can provide you with answers, help you through the application process, and work quickly to obtain the disability benefits you are entitled to receive.
SSD Benefits: Do You Qualify?
When filing an SSD claim, it’s important to verify that you have an illness or impairment that is severe enough to prevent you from working. If you are unsure of the seriousness of your condition, an evaluation from an SSA-appointed examiner will help determine the severity of your disability and subsequent SSD or SSI qualification.
However, for informational purposes, the following is a list of impairments that are often considered serious enough to warrant a need for disability benefits:
- Chronic heart disease
- Severe psoriasis
- Immune system disorders
- Mental disorders
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Multiple sclerosis
- Neurological disorders
SSI Benefits for Children: Does Your Child Qualify?
Adults with disabilities are not the only ones who may be eligibility to receive disability benefits. Any child with a disabling condition is also eligible to receive SSI benefits. Some of the conditions that qualify a child for SSI include:
- Low birth weight and failure to thrive
- Special senses and speech impairments
- Musculoskeletal , respiratory, and cardiovascular system disorders
- Digestive, neurological, and genitourinary system disorders
- Skin, hematological, and endocrine disorders
- Congenital disorders that affect multiple body systems
- Mental disorders
- Cancer (malignant neoplastic diseases)
- Immune system disorders
Before completing an SSI application for your child, it’s important to know that you and your child must meet certain income limits in order to be eligible for child SSI benefits. Additionally, you must also complete a Child Disability Report.
Because child SSI forms are often lengthy and complicated—and because the success of your outcome depends on the accuracy of the details on your forms, it’s best to contact an experienced SSI attorney to help you understand all of the child SSI requirements.
Please contact Schmidt Kramer today so we may assist you with completing your child’s SSI application, as well as answer any questions you may have regarding SSI for children.
SSD Appeal: Was Your Application Rejected?
It’s not uncommon to have your SSD claim denied. In fact, the SSA reports that, on average, more than 60% of applicants are denied the first time they apply.
If your SSD claim was denied, you will receive a letter from the SSA informing you of your right to request a hearing in front of a judge. At your hearing, the judge will review letters from your physician as well as additional medical documents which support your disability claim.
At this stage, it’s imperative that you have an experienced Pennsylvania Social Security Disability appeals lawyer to represent you. The knowledgeable appeals attorneys at Schmidt Kramer have a long track record of helping people succeed in obtaining SSD benefits at the hearing stage, or at any stage during the appeals process.
SSD Frequently Asked Questions
Are there Social Security spousal benefits?
The spouse of someone who is receiving SSD benefits may also qualify for benefits on behalf of their disabled significant other. If a spouse applies for benefits, the SSA will likely ask for proof of marriage. A spouse may be eligible for a monthly benefit of up to 50 percent of their significant other’s SSD pay. However, there is a limit to the amount the SSA will pay to a spouse.
What is Social Security Disability substantial gainful activity?
In order to qualify for SSD or SSI, you must not be able to complete any work for a minimum of 1 year, except for a very menial or insignificant amount. The SSA uses the term "substantial gainful activity" to determine how much work is too much. In 2015, substantial gainful activity was defined as earning $1,090 or more a month from working, or $1,820 a month for a blind person.
What about Social Security Disability for veterans?
Disabled veterans can collect SSD benefits as well as veterans’ disability benefits, and they are permitted to collect both benefits at the same time.
How can I guarantee the best possible outcome for my Social Security Disability claim?
The experienced Social Security Disability lawyers at Schmidt Kramer can help you receive the Social Security benefits you deserve.
The SSA requires applicants to fill out several documents and go through a complicated and lengthy process in order to receive benefits. This can be overwhelming, and any delay or mistake in your application can result in a denial. At Schmidt Kramer, we know what information the SSA requires for a successful application, and our attorneys will work hard to make sure you receive approval.
Don’t be denied the benefits you deserve. Hire the Pennsylvania Social Security Disability lawyers from Schmidt Kramer, and rest assured we will do what it takes to get you the money you need.
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