Social Security Disability FAQs

Kenneth L. Baritz & Associates, P.C., represents clients in the Philadelphia area who are disabled and seeking Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.

Free consultation: To speak to an SSDI lawyer about seeking the benefits you need, please call 866-415-6588 or contact us online. Otherwise, read the information below for more information about SSDI.

Do I Qualify For SSDI Benefits?

Eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is based on work history and whether the worker paid into the Social Security system. The worker must also have a disability that meets the Social Security Administration's definition of disability. In general, this is a disability that is expected to last for a year or longer, or is expected to result in death.

How Much Am I Eligible To Receive?

The amount you may be eligible to receive is dependent on your financial needs and how much you paid into the Social Security System when you were employed.

Depending on your financial needs, you may also be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). See below.

What If My Claim Was Denied?

A large percentage of initial SSDI claims are denied. If your initial claim has been denied, you can pursue an appeal. It can take three to five months for your initial claim to be processed. If it is denied, our firm can help you file a Request For Reconsideration, which must be done within 65 days of the claim denial. If the Request For Reconsideration is denied, we can help you through subsequent stages of appeal.

What Is Supplemental Security Income, And Do I Qualify?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs-based program that provides financial support to individuals and children who are disabled or blind and have limited financial resources. We can help you determine if you are eligible for and apply for SSI benefits.

Do I Really Need To Hire A Lawyer?

It is possible for you to apply for SSDI benefits on your own. Once you submit your application, it typically takes between three and five months to receive a response from Social Security. The majority of initial applications are denied. Having an attorney help you with your initial application may increase chances that it is approved.

If your initial claim has been denied, it is highly advisable to work with an attorney in pursuing an appeal. The appeals process is extremely complex. It is important to ensure that your application is solid and that all the necessary medical documentation is provided.