Social Security Disability & SSI

attorney Daniel J. Siegel regularly represents clients seeking Social Security disability and SSI benefits At every stage of their claims, even In Federal District Court. In most cases, We investigate your Social Security disability claim, guide You through The process and represent You At The Hearing In front of A Social Security Administrative Law Judge. We prepare You For your Hearing and do The pre-Hearing investigation For You including:

  • filing all appeals In A timely manner
  • obtaining medical records and reports
  • Preparing special forms For your doctors To fill out
  • Helping You answer The Social Security questionnaires
  • Monitoring your claim’s status

Frequently Asked Questions For Social Security claimants

am I disabled?

Social Security considers You To be disabled If: (1) You cannot work because of your medical condition(s); (2) You cannot do The work You previously did or adjust To other work because of your medical condition(s); and (3) your medical condition(s) is expected To last For At least one year or result In death. You do not Have To be bedridden, but You must be able To show these factors.

What is The process For applying For Social Security benefits?

You must submit an Application (online, by phone, In-person At A Social Security office, or mailed In) that is evaluated by SSA examiners. they review The nature and severity of your impairment, medical records, work history, age and level of education, and If You could do other work. Social Security may require You To be examined by A doctor they select. If your Application is denied, Then You Have 60 days To request Reconsideration. The process essentially is repeated with updated information from You. If Reconsideration is denied, Then You Have 60 days To appeal and request A Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. You will again submit updated information To The Social Security Administration and appear For A Hearing.

If my initial Application is denied, Should I request Reconsideration and/or A Hearing?

Yes! it is not unusual To be denied after filing your initial Application, and it also is not unusual To be denied after requesting Reconsideration. Often, your best chance At obtaining benefits is If You appear For A Hearing before The Administrative Law Judge. statistics Have proven that claimants who Have an attorney Have better results before an ALJ.

How long does The Application process take?

Unfortunately, This is A slow process. Typically, it takes up To six months For your initial Application To be decided. If You apply For Reconsideration, it can take up To six months again. Then, If You need To request A Hearing, it can take up To A year and A half To Get The Hearing, and another two To three months To Get A decision from The ALJ.  Occasionally, cases will go through The process more quickly, but on average it can be up To two years from start To finish.

If I am working, can I Still Get disability benefits?

Possibly. To be eligible For Social Security disability benefits, You cannot do “substantial gainful activity” or SGA. In 2022, The maximum income that applicants can receive from their work and Still be eligible For benefits is $1,350.00 For SSDI applicants and non-Blind SSI applicants. Blind SSDI applicants can earn up To $2,260 A month and Still be eligible. There is no SGA limit For Blind SSI applicants. If You Have income that is greater than The SGA limits, You could lose your benefits.

What If I am receiving benefits but think I can go back To work?

If You Are receiving Social Security disability benefits, Then The SSA allows recipients To do A trial work period To see If they can return To work. The SSA will look At your earnings In At least nine months In A rolling 60 month period. For 2022, If You Have earnings that exceed $970 In those nine months, Then Social Security will consider your disability To Have ended. Note that he trial work period does not apply To SSI benefits.

Should I hire A lawyer?

The SSA does not require that You hire A lawyer To apply For benefits. However, it is difficult To win an appeal without an attorney and statistics show that claimants who Have an attorney Have better results before an ALJ.  At The Hearing stage, You need To appear before The Administrative Law Judge and it is helpful To Have A legal representative To guide You through The process. We will work with You To file your appeals In A timely manner, obtain your medical records and reports, prepare special forms your doctors will need To complete, help You answer Social Security questionnaires, and monitor The status of your claim.

What do I Have To pay my lawyer?

The SSA limits the amount of attorney’s fees. You will only pay your lawyer fees if you obtain benefits, and then the fees are capped at 25% of any back benefits you receive, up to a maximum of $7,200.

What If I can’t Get To The doctor?

You cannot obtain SSD or SSI benefits If You do not Have medical records To show You Are disabled. We understand that This is difficult For some individuals.

Are Family members eligible For benefits?

Family members may be eligible For SSD benefits. This would include children under 18, spouses who Are taking care of dependent children, disabled children under 18 (SSI), and adult disabled children or widows of A deceased Social Security recipient.

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Our firm welcomes people from The greater Philadelphia area, southeastern Pennsylvania and nearby areas of Central and South Jersey. To arrange A free consultation To discuss retroactive Social Security benefits, contact