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The SSDI Claims Process

How Do I Get Social Security Disability Benefits?"The Disability Lawyer" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pinnola & Bomstein will guide you through the entire process of qualifying for Social Security Disability. Attorney Peter Pinnola brings 25 years of experience to the representation of disabled persons in the Philadelphia metropolitan area and southeast Pennsylvania.

See our Frequently Asked Questions about Social Security Disability and SSI (Supplemental Security Income). Or contact us now for a free initial consultation.

The SSDI Claims Process

The following is a brief explanation of the steps in qualifying for disability benefits.

  • Initial Application — Your case is reviewed based on your application and medical records. Many people are rejected at this stage. Don't be discouraged. Do hire a lawyer who routinely handles these cases. If your claim is denied, you should file an appeal (Request for Hearing) before an Administrative Law Judge.
  • Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Hearing — You appear before an administrative law judge to explain how your disability prevents you from holding a job. Mr. Pinnola thoroughly prepares you for the types of questions the judge will ask. He will also submit a written argument, drawing the judge's attention to the merits of your claim.
  • Appeals Council — If you are not approved for benefits after the administrative law judge hearing, we can file a Request for Review with the Appeals Council. The Appeals Council may approve the claim outright, send it back to the administrative law judge for re-evaluation or deny the Request for Review. The Appeals Council is the final stage of review before the Social Security Administration.
  • Federal Court Appeals — If the Appeals Council has turned down your claim, we will determine if you have grounds to appeal in U.S. District Court and, if necessary, to the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Applying for Social Security Disability and SSI can be a slow process, even when you have a strong case. Mr. Pinnola makes every effort to improve your chances of success at the earliest stage possible.

There is no investment on your part. We offer a free initial consultation. Our fees are paid back benefits only.

Contact us today at our offices in Elkins Park (215) 635-3070 to get started on your case.

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