Last updated 4 months ago
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is a large bureaucratic entity that frequently makes mistakes. If you filed a claim for Social Security Disability (SSD) and received a denial letter, you have the legal right to appeal the decision. Here are the three major steps in the process of appealing an SSD claim:
Step 1: Reconsideration
The first step is petitioning the SSA to review your file within 60 days of receiving a rejection. This involves the local office passing your documents to a different reviewer for consideration. If the second SSA employee believes that you have met your burden of proof, he or she will reverse the denial and you will receive notice that your benefits have been approved.
Step 2: Judicial Hearing
If reconsideration does not yield a positive result, you have the right to have your case heard by an Administrative Law Judge. This individual is an attorney who works for the SSA, and presides over a court where you present evidence and cross-examine witnesses that are relevant to your disability. A disability rights attorney can help you prep for this process and represent you in front of the judge for the entirety of your hearing.
Step 3: Further Appellate Venues
If the judge does not reach a favorable conclusion, you have two other legal appellate options: appeal to the Social Security National Appeals Council or file a case in federal court. Both of these courts involve lengthy pre-trial processes and a great deal of legal paperwork. Consult your attorney about the viability of these options, as your chances of approval are lower in these courts than within the SSA’s own system.
If you live in the Philadelphia area and have recently received a denial of your SSDI claim, consult attorney Todd M. Berk, Esq. as soon as possible. You only have 60 days from the date of your letter to decide on a course of action, so dial (215) 687-4432 to schedule a free case evaluation with a member of our staff.
Last updated 4 months ago
If you qualify for Social Security disability benefits, your family members may also qualify for benefits. Your spouse, divorced spouse, children, or disabled children may be eligible to receive benefits on your behalf. Before they can receive benefits, your family members may be asked for certain information, including their Social Security numbers and marriage certificates. Family members may receive up to 50 percent of the rate you receive for your Social Security disability, up to a maximum amount that is calculated based on how much you receive and the number of eligible family members you may have. Since seeking benefits for family members can be a complicated process, it’s always a good idea to employ the services of a skilled Social Security attorney.
For more information about applying for and receiving Social Security disability benefits for yourself and your family, call Todd M. Berk, Esq. at (215) 687-4432. We have been helping people in Berks County and Philadelphia get through the Social Security application process since 1995.
Last updated 5 months ago
If you’ve been injured at work, you may not know what to do next or where to turn. There are several very important steps you should take to ensure that you receive the benefits that you are due. Employers must provide worker’s compensation insurance that will pay for your medical bills. However, you must first take these steps to make sure your workers’ compensation claim goes through.
Notify your employer
You should notify your employer as soon after the injury as possible. If you don’t report your injury right away, your worker’s compensation claims may be delayed or denied. After an injury, your supervisor needs to investigate the incident and ensure that you receive immediate medical attention. Your employer should report your injury within seven days to the worker’s compensation insurance company.
Visit your doctor
If you’ve been injured on the job, be sure to seek medical attention right away. Even if your injuries seem minor, it is important to see a doctor to be sure that you don’t make your injury worse by ignoring it. You do not need to pay for the doctor’s visit if you are seeing the doctor after being injured on the job. If you have medical coverage, you should not use your usual insurance to pay for workplace injury claims. Be sure to hold onto the documentation that your doctor or the ER staff give you after your visit.
To help you through the worker’s compensation process and to make sure you receive the full benefits you deserve, consult a qualified attorney. If your worker’s compensation claims have been denied, a personal injury attorney can help you file an appeal and receive your injury benefits.
If you’ve been injured on the job, call the law office of Todd M. Berk, Esq. With offices in Berks County and Philadelphia, we are here to help you through the process of recovering from a personal injury. Call (215) 687-4432 today for a free consultation.
Last updated 5 months ago
To find the right personal injury lawyer to represent you, you must consider the attorney’s experience. Does the attorney have experience dealing with insurance companies? Is the attorney a skilled litigator? Most importantly, you must make sure that you and your attorney are on the same page as far as your goals. You must decide what settlement you will be willing to accept and how long you are willing keep your case open. To find out more about selecting an attorney, watch this video.
Call (215) 687-4432 for a free consultation with Todd M. Berk, Esq. We have been handling personal injury cases in Philadelphia since 1995, and can help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Last updated 5 months ago
Many rightful claims for Social Security disability benefits are denied. Sometimes, claims may be denied more than once before they are finally accepted. Going through the Social Security disability application process can be confusing and time consuming. A qualified Social Security attorney can help guide you through this process and give you the peace of mind you deserve. Here are a few tips for finding a skilled Social Security lawyer:
Research over the internet
You can search the web to find an attorney, but be aware that many online attorney listings may not give you the full picture of a practice. Look for an attorney who provides helpful information on his or her sites and complete contact information.
Check for a good track record
Once you’ve found a potential attorney, make sure that attorney has a history of successfully arguing cases that are similar to yours. If the attorney you’ve chosen has a good track record, but doesn’t have much experience with Social Security benefits, you may need to look elsewhere.
Don’t be afraid to ask attorneys questions about their services, their history, and their staff. Attorneys should welcome your questions and be open about themselves and their practice.
Ask about fees and charges
Not all attorneys offer a free consultation, and some may charge you for your initial visit. Be sure to ask whether you will be charged for the first time you meet with your attorney. You should also understand how the attorney will charge you during the case, and if they will charge you even if your case is unsuccessful.
If you are looking for an experienced Social Security attorney to handle your case, look no further than the law office of Todd M. Berk, Esq. We have been representing clients like you in the Philadelphia area since 1995, and can help you get the most out of your Social Security benefits. Call (215) 687-4432 for a free consultation today. You won’t be charged a fee until your case is successfully resolved.