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    Answering Common Questions About Social Security Benefits

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Does the thought of deciphering the rules and regulations of Social Security benefits produce feelings of intimidation or confusion? The Social Security Administration is a large entity with many departments and services. Though the goal of this organization is to help those in need, it can often cause misunderstanding for those that require its benefits. The following questions and answers can clarify some aspects of the Social Security program. For additional assistance, consult a Social Security attorney.

    Who can apply for Social Security benefits?
    Eligibility for Social Security benefits depends on the type of benefit that an applicant is seeking. For instance, an individual who wants SSI, or supplemental security income, must fall into one of three qualifying categories. He must be at least 65 years old, disabled, or blind. If a person wishes to receive his retirement benefits, he must wait until he turns 62 years old.

    How much money do Social Security benefits provide each month?
    As with eligibility requirements, income amounts alternate from one type of benefit to the next.  Once a person reaches his 62nd birthday and can receive his retirement benefits, his monthly payment depends upon his work history and the earnings he attained while employed. Disability benefits can also fluctuate based upon other sources of income. 

    When should you apply for Social Security benefits?
    If you believe that you are eligible for Social Security benefits, apply for them as soon as possible. Even without application delays, you may have to wait several months before you begin receiving your monthly payments. If you are denied benefits the first time, your Social Security benefits can be further postponed for many more months.

    Let Todd M. Berk, Esq. guide you through the complex arena of Social Security benefits. Call our Philadelphia office today at (215) 687-4432 to schedule a consultation with a Social Security lawyer. You can also look over our Social Security claim services by visiting our website.

    Mistakes to Avoid if Your Social Security Claim Is Denied

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Social Security benefits are crucial to the financial stability of millions of Americans. If you need these benefits, a denied claim can be a disappointing blow. It doesn’t have to be the final word regarding your ability to receive Social Security, however. Social Security lawyers urge those seeking benefits to heed the mistakes commonly made after a denied claim:

    Accepting the Denial
    Some people automatically assume that a benefits denial is an inalterable decision. As a result, they miss out on this necessary source of income. A denial means that the applicant must provide more compelling proof of his need, and this additional effort can result in a reversal. If denied, try again.

    Submitting the Same Claim
    Social Security attorneys warn that if an initial claim is denied, it may be because of insufficient evidence that Social Security benefits are warranted. If an identical claim is resubmitted for consideration, the same outcome will likely occur. Should the Social Security Administration issue a denial, consider carefully the information given on the initial claim. Be sure that all disabilities are thoroughly explained and all medical data supplied.

    Refraining from Calling a Social Security Lawyer
    A denied claim may result in a delay of months or longer as the applicant attempts to reapply for Social Security benefits. In the meantime, he may suffer extreme financial stress from a lack of funds for bills and other necessities. A Social Security attorney can help clients get a resolution to their claims as soon as possible. A legal professional who specializes in Social Security claims can also ensure that all necessary paperwork is submitted to the appropriate individuals in a timely manner.

    Don’t let a denied Social Security claim keep you from receiving the benefits you deserve. Todd M. Berk, Esq. can help you appeal your denial and successfully resubmit your application. To set up an appointment at our Philadelphia office, call (215) 687-4432.

    What's Causing the Lack of Social Security Funds?

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Recent reports indicate that the financial resources for Social Security are disappearing faster than previously thought. This video explains the reason behind this development.

    The demographic landscape factors largely into why more people are requesting their Social Security benefits. A large sector of the American public is entering retirement age. As a result, the number of people applying for their Social Security benefits is increasing at an increasing rate. This surge is taxing the reserve of funds set aside for the Social Security program.

    Are you eligible for Social Security benefits, but have been denied by the SSA? Call Todd M. Berk, Esq. at (215) 687-4432 to schedule an initial consultation with a Social Security lawyer. We provide Social Security claim assistance for residents in the greater Philadelphia area.

    Essential Tips for Filing Your Social Security Disability Claim

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Filing for Social Security disability benefits need not be a complex process as long as you do your due diligence in filling out the necessary forms and staying in contact with the appropriate individuals. To be considered disabled, you must provide a comprehensive overview of your health status. Providing a detailed history of your medical experiences is the most effective strategy for getting claim approval. You must also carefully explain why your health status prevents you from earning a working income. Once your paperwork is filed, keep up with its developments. To verify your disabled status, representatives at the Social Security Administration may ask for any number of additional documents, including medical records or recent physical examinations. Don’t delay when providing these items as requested.

    Todd M. Berk, Esq. can see to it that you receive the Social Security disability benefits you deserve. Our practice offers legal assistance for Social Security matters to those in the Philadelphia, Chester, and Norristown areas. To speak with a Social Security attorney, call (215) 687-4432.

    How an Attorney Can Help You Appeal a Denied Social Security Claim

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Social Security Disability Insurance is supposed to provide financial assistance to those who can no longer work because of a disability, but it seems like more people are denied benefits than those who actually receive coverage. If your application for Social Security Disability has been denied, it may be time to consult with a Social Security attorney. Continue reading to learn how a Social Security lawyer can assist you when appealing a denial for SSDI benefits.

    Determine Reason for Denial
    The Social Security Disability process is extremely confusing, and many people do not understand why they have been denied SSDI benefits in the first place. Working with an experienced SSDI lawyer is a great way to discover the reason why your application was denied. Common reasons include insufficient medical documentation, not meeting the guidelines for “disability,” or simple filing errors.

    Initiate Appeals Process
    Once your attorney has determined the underlying reason for your denial, he will help you gather the information needed to appeal the decision. In addition to helping you gather evidence, your attorney will also handle the appeals process, allowing you to rest assured that all deadlines will be met.

    Represent Your Court Case
    It is not unusual for the Social Security Administration to deny an application for SSDI several times before benefits are finally awarded. A Social Security attorney will stand by your side until you have been awarded the benefits you deserve, even if that means taking your case to court.

    Here at Todd M. Berk, Esq., our staff is devoted to helping you obtain the benefits and supplemental financial assistance you need. Give our Philadelphia law firm a call today at (215) 687-4432 to schedule an initial consultation. You can also visit us online for more information on our personal injury services.

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