Philadelphia Social Security Application Process Lawyer

Does a medical condition prevent you from working? Are you expected to be unable to work for at least 12 months or to die from the medical condition? If so, you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). The process of obtaining benefits can be time consuming and frustrating. Skilled Philadelphia Social Security application process attorney Perry Liss, who operates as of counsel to our firm, can provide guidance throughout the process.

Perry Liss, of counsel to Kenneth L. Baritz & Associates, P.C., offers comprehensive guidance throughout the Social Security application process. We handle initial applications and appeals. Contact a Downingtown SSD application process lawyer to schedule a free consultation.

Qualifying for Disability

The first step in the Social Security application process is determining if you qualify for benefits. You can apply if you:

  • Are age 18 or older
  • Have worked and paid Social Security taxes long enough to qualify
  • Have a medical condition that has prevented you from working or is expected to prevent you from working for at least 12 months or end in death

Applying for Disability

There are several ways to submit your application for SSDI benefit to the Social Security Administration (SSA): over the phone, online or in person at the local SSA office.

You may need to wait between three and five months to receive a decision. At that point, it is possible you will be denied benefits and need assistance with an appeal. Do not give up if you are denied benefits, because the majority of applicants are denied after their first try.

Our attorneys can assist you with the application process, including obtaining and organizing medical records.

Waiting Period for Social Security Disability

The five-month waiting period ensures that during the early months of disability the Social Security Administration does not pay benefits to persons who do not have long-term disabilities. SSD benefits can be paid only after you have been disabled continuously throughout a period of five full calendar months. SSD benefits will be paid beginning with the sixth full month after the date your disability began. You do not qualify for benefits before then.

Time Limits on Social Security Disability Benefits

There is no time limit for getting SSD benefits. Your disability benefits will continue as long as your medical condition has not improved and you cannot work. An experienced attorney will review your case from time-to-time to make sure you are still disabled. If you are still receiving disability benefits when you reach full retirement age, your disability benefits will automatically convert to retirement benefits.

Effect of Full Retirement Age on Disability Benefits

When you reach full retirement age, nothing will change. For Social Security purposes, your benefits will be called retirement benefits instead of disability benefits. You do not need to take any action. Starting with the month you reach full retirement age, you will get your benefits with no limit on your earnings. Our experienced advocates can let you know what full retirement age is for you.

Contact a Downingtown SSD Application Process Attorney

If you need more information about applying for SSDI benefits, or if you would like to schedule a free consultation at Kenneth L. Baritz & Associates, P.C. with Perry Liss, call us locally at 215-557-8608 or toll free at 866-415-6588 or contact us online.