Contact Our SSDI Lawyers If A Medical Condition Prevents You From Working
At Caroselli, Beachler & Coleman, L.L.C., we have decades of experience helping ill, injured and disabled people in Pennsylvania secure Social Security benefits. Our attorneys have litigated over 1,000 disability cases, and have the experience and knowledge to know what to do with your particular case. While we have handled a large number of claims, we treat every single client like the individual they are. We will listen to you to fully understand your goals and work with you toward a solution.
Attentive Service Backed By Experience
We work as a team to protect your rights and get you the benefits necessary to improve your life. We are the legal team that stands behind you. We believe you are disabled, and we keep fighting until all avenues are exhausted in the litigation of your disability claim.
After your initial meeting, you will know the game plan. It is important that when you leave our office you know the strategy which will lead us to the resolution of your claim. We don't keep your case a secret. We make every effort to ensure that you understand where we are going so that we can get there together.
What Kinds Of Benefits Are Available?
There are two basic programs available to disabled individuals through the Social Security Administration. The first is Disability Insurance benefits. In order to qualify, you must have participated in the Social Security system through payment of the FICA tax. You must show that you have earned a specified number of work credits within a certain number of years, depending upon your age. Generally speaking, you must have worked five out of the last 10 years in order to qualify for this benefit. However, there are special rules for younger individuals and those who have had a break in their work history. The second program is Supplemental Security Income, or SSI. This program requires a disabled person to meet the financial requirements set forth in the regulations of the administration. This is a needs-based program, which is similar to that found in the Welfare Office in terms of financial eligibility.
Why You Need A Lawyer
Whether or not you are starting a new application or appealing a denial, having legal representation helps navigate the complex Social Security regulations. The process is difficult, and an experienced attorney is a must. Not only does evidence of your disability need to be supplied to the Social Security Administration, but the correct paperwork has to be filed within the correct period of time in order to protect your legal rights. Simply having a doctor write a letter that you are disabled is not sufficient to meet the standard for disability. The Social Security Administration's own statistics show that claimants who hire experienced attorneys are more likely to obtain disability benefits than those without representation. In fact, most are denied benefits the first time they apply. Dealing with the Social Security Administration can be intimidating, time-consuming and an unnecessary burden when you are already struggling with illness. Contact Caroselli, Beachler & Coleman, L.L.C., so that our SSD lawyers may advocate on your behalf.
Not only is winning your Social Security claim important, but being efficient in the manner that it is won is just as significant. Though the Social Security Administration sets the ultimate time line as to when or how a case can be litigated, an attorney can help move a case along. Specifically, gathering all of the evidence and having the case prepared will assist an administrative law judge in setting a date for a hearing and perhaps even paying a case without one. Because these rules are complicated, it is important to have the support and assistance of an experienced attorney to help you move your case forward. After all, winning the case does you no good unless you can reap its benefits when you need them most.
We Take The Tough Cases
The law firm of Caroselli, Beachler & Coleman, L.L.C., is one of the few law firms in Pennsylvania that routinely takes children's cases. Children are entitled to receive Social Security Disability benefits, only if they meet certain requirements. The rules for Social Security in children's cases are different from those of an adult. Only an experienced SSDI attorney can master these complex rules to present your child's case in such a way that the judge will understand how difficult it is for your child to function both at school and at home.
If your child suffers from physical illness or mental health issues such as ADHD, our experience will help to gather evidence form doctors, schools, neighbors and others who can document the difficulties that your child faces at school and at home. Childhood disabilities also may affect the way your child grows and develops; we will work hard to document those effects as well.
The Support You Need While We Build Your Case
We understand that disability takes a toll on you not only physically and mentally, but economically as well. Therefore, our firm advances the costs to obtain the necessary medical records to be successful in your disability claim. We will ask that these costs be reimbursed only if we are successful in obtaining benefits for you. Otherwise, no payment is expected. We stand behind you by advancing the costs necessary to ensure that your case is well-prepared and well-presented.
To talk with a Social Security Disability lawyer and get answers to your questions about SSDI, contact the Pennsylvania law offices of Caroselli, Beachler & Coleman, L.L.C., by calling our Pittsburgh office at 412-567-1232 or toll free at 866-466-5789. You may also complete our online contact form. Initial consultations are free and confidential.