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Applying for SSD benefits more successful with familiarity

Social security disability benefits provide reliable and welcomed support for many families and individuals in Pennsylvania. However, before people can begin to receive any benefits, they must first qualify after having applied for assistance. If their application has been approved and their situation has been classified as eligible, they will begin to receive benefits. 

People who take time to familiarize themselves with the application process can benefit from having an awareness of what to expect as they seek assistance from the Social Security Administration. Experts recommend that people read through their application in its entirety before and after filling the paperwork out. Eligibility for social security benefits depends on a person's situation and the extent of their medical condition. The application process itself will take some time and people should begin it several months in advance of when they wish to begin receiving benefits. 

If their application is denied, people have the right to file for assistance again. They would benefit from gathering additional evidence in favor of their situation to support their request for help. The average payout of social security benefits is usually just over $1,000. However, this number fluctuates based on individual circumstances. The extent of time that people will continue receiving benefits depends on whether or not they are able to return to work after some time. If people are able to resume working, their benefits may be discontinued. In some cases, people can maintain a portion of their benefits while returning to work if they are going through a transition period where they are slowly becoming acclimated to work again. 

If people want assistance in their quest to apply for social security disability benefits, they may wish to hire an attorney for help. Legal professionals understand the process and may be able to help people better present their information to make their case more compelling.  

Source: U.S. News, "6 Frequently Asked Social Security Disability Benefit Questions," Rachel Hartman, Oct. 23, 2019

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