Social Security Disability

What To Do If Your Social Security Claim Is Denied?  Don’t give up; you have the right to appeal, and have a hearing before a Social Security Judge. To fight for your benefits, you need an experienced social security lawyer working for you.

Attorney Axinn, a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives, is an experienced social security disability attorney, who has been handling Social Security cases for over 30 years. His office is located in Blair County, Pennsylvania, and he serves clients in Hollidaysburg, Altoona, and surrounding counties (Bedford, Cambria, Centre, and Huntingdon).

What Types of Social Security Disability Benefits Are There?

Disabled adults may qualify for Disability Insurance Benefits, or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or both. Disability Insurance is a benefit that is paid to persons who have worked for a sufficient length of time, and whose disability begins within a specified period of time after they stopped working. For Disability Insurance, it doesn’t matter what other income you have, or what property you own.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a benefit paid to anyone who is Disabled, Blind, or Elderly, provided their other income, and resources are within certain limits.

Children may receive SSI benefits if they are disabled, and if their income (including parental income) and resources are below certain levels. Children may also receive benefits on the account of a parent (or in some cases, a Grandparent), who has retired, died, or become disabled. These benefits usually end at age 18 (19 if they are still attending high school). Children who become disabled before age 22 may be eligible for Disabled Adult Child benefits, drawn on their parent’s Social Security Account.

Social Security Disability Insurance claims are based on someone being disabled and unable to work. The Social Security Administration uses its own definition of disability, which is different from that used for many other programs. In very general terms, a person is disabled if, taking into consideration any limitations they have (mental or physical), they are unable to perform any type of work on a regular basis.

What Conditions “Qualify” for Disability?

There is no answer to this question. Disability depends on the severity of a persons symptoms, not simply on a diagnosis. Conditions such as Anxiety, Arthritis, Back problems, Depression, Fibromyalgia, and Heart problems are often part of a disability claim. If you have more than one medical problem, the combined effect of all your medical conditions will be considered.

Applying for Disability Benefits

An application for Social Security Disability benefits can be filed by calling 1-800-772-1213, or visiting your local Social Security Office. Disability Insurance Claims can also be filed online at SSA.GOV. For more information, see Applying for Social Security Disability

Do I Need A Social Security Lawyer?

Although many persons apply without a lawyer, an attorney may be able to assist you in completing the paperwork, and gathering the medical records and reports you will need. If your application is denied, a Social Security lawyer can assist in filing an appeal, gathering the necessary evidence, and presenting your case to an Administrative Law Judge. In Social Security disability cases, no fees are paid in advance, and there are no fees unless we win your case. For more information about what Social Security Attorneys Do, see Do I need a lawyer for my Social Security case?