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Social Security pays disability benefits to you and certain members of your family if you have worked long enough and have a medical condition that has prevented you from working or is expected to prevent you from working for at least 12 months or end in death. As Lancaster, PA's first choice for representation in social security disability cases, our specialists, including Social Security disability attorney Gabriella Hashem Farhat, will be able to facilitate and prepare the necessary claims to support your case. Our expert social security disability lawyers are here to help.

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*A contingency fee arrangement applies

Before you decide to retain us for your social security case, here are a few self-help guides. We hope that this provides you with some general guidelines concerning Social Security law, answers some of the many asked questions about the process and familiarizes you with the Social Security system.

YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS IF

  1. You were employed and have earned 40 credits, with 20 credits in the last 10 years (roughly 5 years in the past 10 years); and
  2. You have a severe medical impairment, physical, mental or both, which has lasted or is expected to last at least 12 months; and
  3. Your medical impairment prevents you from being substantially gainfully employed.

YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME BENEFITS IF

  1. You are an individual and have less than $2,000.00* in assets and monthly income; or
    You are a married couple and have less than $3,000.00* in assets and monthly income; and
  2. You have a severe medical impairment, physical, mental or both, which has lasted or is expected to last at least 12 months; and
  3. Your medical impairment prevents you from being substantially gainfully employed.

*may vary from year to year

IF YOU BELIEVE YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS OR SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY BENEFITS YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY APPLY

  1. In person at your local Social Security office located:
    • Social Security Administration
      Greenfield Corporate Center
      1809 Olde Homestead Lane, Suite 104
      Lancaster, PA 17601; or
  2. Complete and submit an online application at ssa.gov.

IF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION DENIES YOUR APPLICATION

You have 60 days (plus a 5 day grace period) from the date of the decision to file an Appeal. It is recommended that you immediately obtain counsel to review and assist you with the Appeals process.

YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR MEDICAL BENEFITS ALONG WITH SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS

  1. You are required to wait for a delay period (4 to 6 months from your date of disability onset) before you become eligible for medical coverage.
  2. You may be required to pay a portion of your monthly medical bills before you are eligible to receive medical coverage.

YOU ARE AUTOMATICALLY ELIGIBLE FOR MEDICAL BENEFITS AS OF YOUR DATE OF DISABILITY IF YOU RECEIVE $1.00 OR MORE A MONTH IN SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME.

IF YOU ARE NOT SUBSTANTIALLY GAINFULLY EMPLOYED YOU CAN WORK ON A LIMITED BASIS AND STILL COLLECT SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY OR SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME

YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO HAVE AN ATTORNEY OR REPRESENTATIVE FOR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY OR SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME CLAIMS, HOWEVER

  1. The initial Social Security consultation is free of charge.
  2. It is recommended that you contact an attorney to prepare your appeal.
  3. Your appeal may require an informal case review or a more formal hearing before an Administrative Law Judge.
  4. Your attorney will gather, organize and present evidence to the Administrative Law Judge and in some cases can obtain favorable decisions without going to a hearing.
  5. Your attorney only gets paid fees if you receive a favorable decision and obtain benefits, however, you will be required to reimburse any out-of-pocket costs.

It will be our pleasure to assist you in any way possible.