If you are unable to work due to injury or disability, you may be eligible for Social Security benefits in the form of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The process for obtaining these benefits can be long and arduous, with most applicants being initially denied. You need an experienced attorney on your side who can help you successfully navigate through the Social Security system.
At Gross & Kenny, LLP, we provide skilled representation to injured and disabled workers in Philadelphia and surrounding Pennsylvania communities. We have devoted our practice to injury victims and the disabled for more than two decades, providing them with knowledgeable counsel and strong legal representation.
SSDI is a disability insurance program funded through payroll taxes. SSDI benefits are based on work credits. After receiving SSDI for two years, a disabled person can become eligible for Medicare to cover his or her medical expenses.
This program is strictly need-based, with benefits being approved based on a person’s income and assets. Work history is not a requirement to receive benefits. Individuals who qualify for these means-tested benefits are also eligible to receive Medicaid benefits to cover medical needs.
If you are already a Medicare beneficiary or you are already receiving Social Security Disability benefits, we are experienced handling settlements in these situations. When someone is Medicare eligible, there is a whole host of unique issues that must be addressed, including the possibility of establishing Medicare set-aside trusts (MSA). We are skilled at establishing MSAs and finding ways to negotiate in a way that keeps medical benefits open, eliminating the need for MSAs.
The attorneys at Gross & Kenny, LLP have a track record of success. While a past history of success may not be a guarantee of future success, we have helped qualify countless individuals for their rightful Social Security disability benefits in the aftermath of a work injury. A common thread amongst denied claims is the fact that those involved would be served much better by having an attorney by their side.
Often, initial Social Security disability claims are denied, which leads the claimant to be under the mistaken belief that they will have no opportunities to obtain their benefits. However, there are many procedural and administrative reasons why the SSA may deny an otherwise valid claim. An attorney will be able to help you avoid initial denials by ensuring that your application complies with the Social Security Administration’s proper procedures.
If your initial application is denied, a Social Security workers’ compensation attorney may be able to help you appeal the denial by presenting specific arguments as to why the claimant qualifies for the disability benefits. In addition, our attorneys will be able to help you file for Supplemental Security Income, which is designed for children or those aged 65 and older with a disabling medical condition and limited financial resources.
If an attorney at Gross & Kenny, LLP examines your claim and determines that you have been wrongfully denied, they can begin preparing the appeal on your behalf. In general, this will involve gathering all of your necessary medical records as well as possibly receiving any written or verbal testimony from your treating physician. The appeals process for a Social Security disability claim can be complicated, and this typically involves four steps:
Before getting involved in a frustrating process with the Social Security Administration, it is in your best interest to learn more about your rights from an experienced Social Security disability lawyer in Philadelphia. Contact us online or call 267-589-0090 today to see how Gross & Kenny, LLP, can assist you in obtaining the full benefits you deserve for your disability.