Social Security Disability Attorneys in Harrisburg
Recover the Benefits You Deserve—Call (717) 775-7195
At Scaringi Law, we know that getting the benefits you need to live can be extremely difficult. However, our Harrisburg Social Security Disability lawyers have worked for years to help people like you. We know that you are likely to have many questions, and have worked to answer as many of them as possible.
Contact Scaringi Law today if you would like knowledgeable, tenacious representation as you seek out the social security benefits you deserve.
How do I qualify to receive benefits?
The Social Security Disability and SSI programs require that recipients have mental or physical health problems sufficiently pervasive as to render them unable to work a regular job for at least a year. The test is looking to determine whether or not you are able to perform jobs which are readily available, rather than whether you are able to return to your previous job.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) takes all of the following into account when deciding your case:
- Medical condition(s)
- Ability to work
- Work experience
The regulations relax somewhat when people turn 50, then again when they turn 55 and 60, to make qualifying easier.
I have been denied benefits. What can I do now?
We strongly recommend that you contact our firm as soon as possible. Our skilled Harrisburg SSD attorneys know that a disability benefits denial notice is not the end of the road, and we can help you to request reconsideration. Roughly 60% of all applications are initially denied, but many people are able to ultimately receive some form of assistance. Applicants have 60 days to file for reconsideration after receiving their denial notice, so you must act quickly.
Will my reconsideration be approved?
It is unlikely, but do not be discouraged. So few people have benefits approved at this step that most attorneys view reconsideration simply as a hurdle that must be crossed. SSA is even testing doing away with the reconsideration step so that a claimant could request a hearing after getting an initial denial.
What is a hearing?
This is what takes place after a reconsideration has been denied. Applicants must seek out their hearing within 60 days of learning the outcome of their reconsideration. It is critical that you meet this deadline, because claimants have the greatest chance of success during this appeals process. Just over half of these hearings grant applicants some measure of benefits.
These hearings are presided over by an Administrative Law Judge in an informal setting. You will be asked about your abilities, training, education, work experience, medical history, and the limitations placed on you by your disability. Witnesses, as well as vocational or medical experts, may be called to testify on your behalf.
How would having an attorney help my case?
Legal statistics have clearly demonstrated that applicants who are represented by attorneys have a greater likelihood of gaining access to benefits than those who are not.
What would a typical case look like?
In almost every case, we would begin by investigating your case, gathering medical evidence and vocational data as necessary and viewing them through the lens of Social Security regulations. We may contact your physician to get their opinion on your condition, obtaining an official report that aligns with our findings. Our team would then send you to a number of medical and vocational experts to get further opinions on your ability to work. After investigating the documents in your file and looking over the actions previously taken in your case by the SSA, we build your case and bring it before the judge. If the Administrative Law Judge rules in your favor, we can ensure that the SSA has calculated your benefits correctly. If not, we can help you to request an appeal and even represent you in federal court.
When should I contact an attorney?
Immediately and before you file your claim. We can represent you immediately to ensure that your rights are being protected and that you receive the benefits to which you are entitled.
I have lost my hearing. Is there still a possibility of getting benefits?
You have 60 days to appeal the decision reached at your hearing. If you are still within this time limit, contact Scaringi Law immediately. We can take decisive action on your behalf.
What information will I need to give my attorney at the initial consultation?
We recommending bringing as much of the following information as you are able:
- Social Security papers, such as denial notices or appeal forms as applicable.
- Medical records.
- Names & addresses of all doctors who have treated you for the condition causing you to seek disability.
- Names & addresses of hospitals where you have been treated, as well as dates.
- Employment information, including names, dates worked, and addresses of employers over the last 15 years, as well as description of duties.
- List of medications you are currently taking, as well as the doctor who prescribed them and the dosages for each.
At Scaringi Law, we understand how stressful and frustrating it can be to go through this process, but our Harrisburg Social Security Disability lawyers have had years of experience fighting to ensure that our clients receive the benefits they deserve.
For more information, call our offices today at (717) 775-7195 to schedule your free initial consultation.