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What You Need to Know Prior to Making a Social Security Disability Claim

February 9th, 2018

Did you know: According to the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA), a 20-year-old has a one in four chance at becoming disabled before reaching retirement age? The SSA also reports an increase in the number of people who require social security benefits, which is credited to the aging baby boomers and a diversification of the workforce.

So, whether it has crossed your mind or not, Social Security Disability is relevant for individuals of all ages. And, unfortunately, Social Security Disability claims can be confusing, complicated, and are often denied the first time. Dale E. Anstine’s personal injury attorneys are sharing important information to consider if injured and potentially eligible for a Social Security Disability claim.


Why Might You Be Eligible?

You might be eligible to claim Social Security Disability benefits if you have a physical disability or severe mental health condition that makes you unable to work full-time. The disability must be expected to last for a specific amount of time or must be a life-threatening condition.


How Strict Are Eligibility Requirements?

STRICT. There is a specified length of time you must have worked (usually ten years), in addition to how recently you have worked, in order to be eligible. You must have paid into the Social Security system to be eligible to withdraw from it, and money received will be based on your earnings over a specific length of time. To see more details about eligibility requirements, click here.


What if My Claim is Denied?

A majority of claims are denied the first time they are filed; however, it does not necessarily have to end there.  You can opt to appeal the denial within a short window of time after receiving your initial response, and upon submitting additional information, you may still have a chance at having your claim approved.


For your best chance at getting approved quickly the first time, take precaution and reach out to our Social Security Disability attorneys. Get an experienced professional on your side immediately to protect your rights to benefits. Reach out to Dale E. Anstine today to learn more. With offices in York and Gettysburg, our team is proud to protect the injured across the Central Pennsylvania community. Consultations are always free, we’re available 24/7, and there’s no fee unless we win for you.