We Can Answer Your Questions About Social Security Disability

If a medical condition or injury precludes you from holding gainful employment, you may have a rightful claim to seek disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. However, it can be remarkably complex to navigate this process and get the benefits you need, and many applicants find themselves frustrated, confused and unsure of what to do next.

At Steppacher Law, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, we provide compassionate support and practical guidance for disabled individuals seeking financial benefits. With decades of experience in disability cases, we understand what it takes to successfully navigate even the most complex of cases. Our lawyers will make sure you have the answers and information you need about your disability claim.

Common Questions About Benefits Through The SSA

We employ a personal approach in every case we take, which is why we strive to ensure you understand your options and your right to fight for necessary financial support. Some of the issues we can address include the following:

  • What Conditions Qualify For Benefits? The SSA considers a person disabled if he or she cannot work due to a debilitating medical condition or mental illness that is expected to last for at least a year or result in the person's death. There is often an extensive review to determine if an applicant qualifies, and we will work to keep your claim moving throughout this process.
  • What Happens If My Claim Is Denied? Unfortunately, most initial claims for disability benefits are denied at the initial level. However, this is not the end of the road. Your best shot at getting approved is requesting a hearing and going before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). When you get denied at the initial level, that is nothing to get discouraged or upset about. That should normally be expected. If we filed your initial application, we will file an appeal for you, or if you filed your initial application on your own, we will file your appeal once you become a client. Again, your chances of getting approved are much higher at the hearing level than on the initial application. So, if you get denied, call us, and we'll get your appeal filed. Assuming you are approved before an ALJ, you will receive retroactive compensation all the way back to your onset of disability (aka date of disability). Contact us today, and we can explain further.
  • When Can The Firm Take Over A Case? Our team can help you at any point in your case. Our firm handles the whole process from A to Z. We can file your initial application, file an appeal or reconsideration request, represent you at a hearing before an ALJ, and, if necessary, take your claim to the appeals council and then Federal Court. While we strive to get claimants approved on the initial application, we take on every case with the expectation that we will have to take the claim before an ALJ in order to get you approved. Again, getting denied on the initial application is to be expected. So, whether you are completing your initial application or you are dealing with a denied claim at the initial level, we can step in and take action on your behalf, regardless of what stage your claim is currently at. Our attorneys will quickly assess the state of your situation and do whatever is necessary to keep your case moving forward, and to of course, eventually get you approved.

You are entitled to an explanation of your rights and options, and we will help you understand what you need to do to secure the disability benefits you need and deserve from the SSA.

What Questions Do You Have?

We can answer any of your questions related to disability benefits and the application process. There are many misconceptions and myths with regard to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Get the support and information you deserve by calling 570-800-2600 or contacting us here to schedule an evaluation of your case.