Scranton, PA Social Security Lawyers

The amount a person receives from Social Security Disability (SSD) is determined by how many years a person worked and how much money they earned and reported during these years. Social Security Income (SSI) provides for disability payments for those applicants who are disabled, but did not have a long work history or earning history and do not have much money. The disability criteria used by the Social Security Administration is identical for both Social Security Disability and Social Security Income (SSI) cases. A person must be disabled from performing any gainful work due to either physical impairment, mental impairment or a combination of both, and this disability must be expected to last at lease twelve months. The Social Security Administration provides government sponsored financial assistance, monthly disability payments to people deemed disabled. If you have a serious injury or disease that prevents you from working, you may qualify for Social Security Benefits. As unfair as it may seem, most people who apply for benefits are initially denied benefits requiring a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. The government utilizes hundreds of regulations to determine whether or not an individual is entitled to receive benefits.

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Gallagher Law Offices P.C. has successfully handled thousands of Social Security Disability claims. The process of securing social security benefits can be complex and frustrating, often taking in excess of eighteen months. The secret to winning is persistence and preparation. We will secure all necessary medical records and documentation to effectively and aggressively represent your interest before the Social Security Administrative Law Judge.

Social security disability benefits (SSD) are payable to individuals who are disabled and have sufficient work credits to qualify for benefits depending upon your age and date of disability. Supplemental security income (SSI) is a need-based program intended to guarantee a minimum level of income to financially hard pressed, older, blind, disabled individuals. SSI availability is based upon your age, disability, financial need and is determined by both income and assets. Disability is determined by the Social Security Administration according to the following criteria:

  1. Are you working?

  2. Do you have a severe impairment?

  3. Does the severe impairment meet or equal the recognized listing of disability impairments

  4. Are you able to perform your previous type of work?

  5. Are you able to perform any type of work generally available?