Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, can help an injured or ill worker receive compensation when they are unable to work. The application process for SSDI varies from state to state. Learn what Pennsylvanians must do to receive SSDI benefits.
Applying for SSDI in Pennsylvania
Most states have a state agency that works with the Social Security Administration to process state residents’ applications. In Pennsylvania, this agency is called the Bureau of Disability Determination and is managed by the state’s Department of Labor & Industry. The Bureau processes approximately 145,000 applications for SSDI every year, which means that it may take a while for an application to be approved. However, there are some measures you can take to hasten the process, including:
- Gather your medical records. Compile all relevant information including the name and contact information for your doctors, the results from any medical tests you have undergone related to your injury or illness, and a list of any medications you are taking.
- Contact a qualified attorney. Only about 25% of applications are accepted on the first filing, with that number increasing to 34% upon appeal. If you want to be one out of the every three applicants who gets their claim approved, it is in your best interest to contact a qualified attorney who can gather all supporting documents for your claim, which will give it the best possible chance to succeed.
What SSDI Benefits Can You Receive in Pennsylvania?
Those with approved SSDI claims may receive around $1,200 per month. These funds can be used to pay living costs, cover your most important medical bills, and receive medical treatment. These benefits can prove vital when you have no other way to earn an income while you are incapacitated.
If you have been injured or come down with a serious illness, our team at Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. can help you build a strong claim and recover the benefits you need and deserve.
Learn how we can make this process easier! Call (844) 383-0565 to schedule an appointment.