Wherever you live, including Mechanicsburg, you can get injured on the job. What happens if you suffer a serious injury that will keep you out of work for at least a year? You still need to provide for your family and pay the medical bills stemming from your injury, but workers’ compensation is only a short-term solution.
If you need a long-term answer, you may qualify for one of two programs offered by the Social Security Administration (SSA):
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
You must have an injury that will prevent you from returning to work for at least a year, and you cannot have a partial disability to qualify. The application process for SSI and SSDI can last for up to 24 months, and many people find it confusing. To ensure you fill out your forms correctly and get the money you are entitled to, you should consult with a Mechanicsburg Social Security disability lawyer.
They can guide you through the application process and determine whether you qualify for this type of aid. An attorney will understand the nuances of the process and can help make it easier for you follow through on each step.
Do I Qualify for Social Security Disability?
You will need to prove your disability and long-term prognosis to receive benefits, so you need to be ready to provide all the documentation you have available. You can qualify for Social Security if you:
- Earn no more than $1,220 per month
- Are under the qualifying age for SSA benefits
- Have completed a Residual Functional Capacity and/or a Medical-Vocational Analysis test
- Are sidelined by an injury or condition on the SSA qualifying list
You also must have a doctor’s testimonial that your injury will keep you out of work for a year or more. Once you have qualified for SSI or SSDI benefits, you must take Continual Disability Reviews to show that everything on the list still applies. If your condition improves or you begin earning more than $1,220 per month outside of your Social Security disability benefits, then this aid will be taken away.
How to Apply for Social Security Benefits
We recommend our clients go to the Social Security Administration office in Harrisburg, the closest one to Mechanicsburg, to apply for benefits in person. While there are phone and online options available, completing the application in person improves the likelihood of filling out everything correctly, as you can talk to someone if you have questions. You will need to provide medical evidence of your condition, such as:
- Any lab results
- Physician’s notes
- Relevant mental health records
Talk to a Mechanicsburg Social Security Disability Attorney
If you live in Mechanicsburg and want to apply for SSI or SSDI benefits, you should speak to an experienced Social Security disability lawyer. The attorneys at KBG Injury Law have more than 30 years of experience and can advise you on going through the application process. They can also aid you if your application is denied. Contact us today to set up your free initial consultation.