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Philadelphia Social Security Disability Law Blog

Are you prepared to prove your Social Security disability claim?

Preparation is the key to success for many Philadelphia residents. This is true not only in one's personal and professional life, but in the courtroom as well.

As discussed recently in this blog, it is vital that those applying for Social Security disability benefits be adequately prepared to prove their eligibility for the benefits. In order to be adequately prepared, there are multiple steps that may be required.

What questions will be asked at a disability benefits hearing?

For many Philadelphia residents, the inside of a courtroom is something they may only see on television and in the movies. The real life experience of being in court can be drastically different, as there may be no dramatic and shocking moments as depicted on the screen.

This is not to say that real life court proceedings are dull or unimportant, however. It is quite the opposite, as what happens during a particular court hearing can make the difference between success and failure in a given case.

What information is needed for an SSDI appeal?

Preparation is often the key to success for Philadelphia residents. This is particularly true when individuals may have a limited opportunity to achieve their goal, as is the case with many legal proceedings where a single hearing can be a make-or-break moment to obtain relief. In these circumstances, preparation for the hearing or other proceeding is vital to success.

Last week, this blog discussed the options available for individuals who have had their application for Social Security disability benefits denied. Even the claims that may appear the most obvious for SSDI can be denied, such as the case discussed last week of a man who lost his hand during a work accident.

Man denied SSDI benefits after losing hand in work accident

Life can change in an instant for Philadelphia residents. A simple drive to work, or even an ordinary work day itself, can suddenly turn tragic when a serious injury occurs.

This was the case for one man who had his hand cut off by a saw blade earlier this year while working in his yard. Doctors performed emergency surgery on the man, who worked as a mechanic building houses and cars, but the doctors were unable to save the majority of his left hand. As a result, the man is now unable to continue his work, which requires the use of both hands.

SSI disability benefits for children

Parents in Pennsylvania and elsewhere often face the normal ups and downs with raising a child. While some parents might find it more difficult to meet the needs and requirements of their children, parents raising a child with disabilities often face additional emotional, mental and financial challenges. In these circumstances, parents could consider how Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, could assist them with the care and well-being of their child with a disability.

SSI for children works similar to the SSI disability program for adults; there are some differences with definitions and eligibility, however. Whether a child was born with a disability or acquired a disability due to an injury or illness during childhood, if the child is neither married nor the head of a household, they qualify for SSI if they are under the age of 18 or are under the age of 22 and are a student that regularly attends school.

Does my blood disorder qualify me for SSDI benefits?

Certain illnesses may qualify a Philadelphia resident for eligibility to receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI). However, this post should not be read as either medical or legal advice, should not be used to diagnose or treat a potential medical ailment, or should not be understood to provide specific legal guidance. An individual's doctor can help him formulate the proper diagnosis for his medical condition and his Social Security disability attorney can support him as he pursues benefits from the Social Security Administration.

The Social Security Administration recognizes a host of both cancerous and non-cancerous blood illnesses when determining if a person should receive SSDI benefits. Diseases and disorders that may make a person eligible for SSDI benefits include but are not limited to: hemolytic anemia, thrombosis, bone marrow issues, lymphoma, and leukemia.

How do SSI benefits differ from SSDI benefits?

When Philadelphia residents are in need of serious help, it often pays to get assistance from multiple places. This is certainly the case when a person is struggling with his or her finances because of an illness, injury or other condition.

While there are different kinds of benefits that may be available to individuals in need of help, the different benefits are treated differently under the law. For example, last week, this blog discussed the differing tax consequences between Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security disability benefits.

Will SSI or SSDI benefits be taxed?

Tax season is one of the most dreaded times of the year for many Philadelphia residents. It can be stressful and emotionally draining to prepare a tax return, particularly when unique circumstances are present. One such unique circumstance comes when individuals over the age of 65 receive Social Security payments, including Social Security disability benefits.

Many individuals question whether their disability benefits are taxable. The answer depends on different factors, including the nature of the benefits received. Government-provided disability benefits are tax-free for many. This includes benefits received under the Supplemental Security Income program.

Do you have an advocate on your side to get disability benefits?

Time is money, as the saying goes. For Philadelphia residents in need of Social Security disability benefits, this principle can represent more than a catchy saying. Indeed, the sooner the person is approved for disability benefits, the sooner he or she will begin receiving the financial assistance the person so desperately needs.

Last week, this blog discussed how the process of applying for SSD benefits can take some time to accomplish. Individuals have to comply with the necessary requirements for submitting their application for benefits. As part of their application, individuals need to submit the documentation that will help them be approved for benefits, including any medical records or other medical evidence that will demonstrate to the Social Security Administration why the person is disabled and in need of benefits.

How long does it take before disability benefits are approved?

When Philadelphia residents are facing difficult circumstances, it is vital that they receive the assistance they need as soon as possible. Each day, week and month without that assistance can make the situation even worse.

This is certainly true when it comes to Social Security disability benefits. Disability benefits can provide a much-needed financial lifeline after a person becomes unable to work due to an illness or injury. However, it can take some time before disability benefits are approved by the Social Security Administration, and it is often important for applicants to shorten that time period as much as possible in order for them to receive the benefits.

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