Securing Social Security Disability Benefits In Pennsylvania

A disability can dramatically impact one's ability to work. Whether you are facing a short-term disability or a long-term disability, it can be difficult to find sustainable work and make a living. Fortunately, the federal government has recognized this challenge, and offers several forms of financial support through the Social Security Administration. If you are prevented from earning a sustainable income because of a disability, Mastri Law is "The One To Call!"

Many people believe that disability benefits are immediately available and easy to obtain. This is a common understanding, but it is false. Applying for disability benefits can be a slow and confusing process, which is why it's in your interest to work with an experienced attorney who can help you navigate the application process. At Mastri Law LLC, we help you understand the Social Security Disability process so that you can obtain benefits as quickly as possible.

The first step in applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits is to demonstrate eligibility in one of two ways:

  • You worked for a certain amount of time during the years before you became disabled. SSDI candidates who do not meet this history of earnings threshold may only be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. For candidates who meet this threshold, the dollar amount of your disability compensation depends in part on your history of earnings.
  • Your disability meets the Social Security Administration's (SSA) definition of disability. According to the SSA, you qualify for SSDI only if: (1) you cannot do the work you did before you became disabled, (2) you cannot perform another job in your current medical condition and (3) your doctor expects that your injury will last for at least one year or result in death.

Even after you are approved for disability benefits, you can expect a lag between the onset of the disability and the start of Social Security benefits. For information on the intricacies of these policies, come in for a free consultation.

If You Can't Get SSDI Benefits, SSI Benefits May Be Available

If you are disabled and continue to earn more than what the SSDI program allows because there is no financial alternative for your family, you may qualify for SSI benefits. The SSA will use a precise formula to calculate your eligibility based on your current earning capacity and your current medical expenses. We will assess your case and help you explore your legal options, including alternative sources of income and health care options.

SSI benefits are available to disabled children or disabled adults who have limited access to resources and income and do not meet the earnings requirement for SSDI. To qualify for SSI benefits, you will need to show that your impairments keep you from obtaining substantial gainful employment and your impairments can be expected to result in death or to last for at least 12 months.

Contact Us Today For Legal Guidance

A lawyer familiar with the Social Security claims process can be invaluable to you as you file for disability benefits. Let us explain the claims process and help you secure your benefits. To schedule a free initial consultation, just call 570-343-1111 or send us an email. Our office is located in Scranton, Pennsylvania in the historic Scranton Life Building.