It’s important to look for a law firm in the Bruin, PA, area that can help you through the whole process of getting disability benefits from the SSA. The team at Osterhout Berger Disability Law is here for you every step of the way. We have more than 50 years of experience, and we’re ready to fight for the benefits your deserve.
Applying for SSD Benefits
When you’re applying for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration, there are a few options for starting the process. First of all, you can apply online, which is a good idea if you want to save time. You can also go to a Social Security office in your area; You might choose this option if you want a simple way to get your process started and want to talk to someone in person. Finally, you can contact us at Osterhout Berger Disability Law so that we can learn about your situation and come up with a plan that will help you get the benefits you deserve. Even though you don’t need to hire a lawyer to make a claim, you’re much more likely to get a good outcome because we know how to make sure that all of the steps are taken care of and that the paperwork is done correctly, ensuring you don’t miss out due to a simple mistake.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) wants to see a lot of medical records when you apply for disability benefits. There are also a lot of things you’ll have to agree to before your medical records about your condition are released. Here, you’ll commonly be required to list all the doctors you’ve seen, specifically the ones who have treated your specific condition on a regular basis. Besides that, if you’ve gone outside your normal list of doctors for an urgent situation, they will also want to know who you have seen. The SSA will also need to know all of the hospitals and clinics where you’ve gotten care, and you’ll need to show them proof of your condition and the treatments you’ve had for it, too. You’ll also need to explain how this condition affects your daily life and ability to work when you file a claim.
On some occasions, you may need to get a “consultative examination.” This is when another evaluation is required, and the SSA picks a doctor to help them figure out more about your health.
Appealing a Denial
Even with the best legal representation, it’s still possible to end up with an unfavorable decision when you make a claim for benefits. If this happens, you should consider going forward with an appeal. This course of action is a good choice for some people who believe that the judge might have made an error, and Osterhout Berger Disability Law can help you with the entire appeals process. One of the first things that you should know is that you have to start the appeals process within 65 days of being denied your claim.
The first step of the appeal process is to make your case before the Appeals Council, which is the only appeals court within the SSA. During this phase, your goal is to demonstrate that administrative law judge made a mistake when deciding on your particular case. Some people are initially confused on this point, but you won’t be presenting any new information about your medical condition. The only type of new information that might be considered at this stage is medical information that wasn’t available at the time that you originally presented the case. Instead, the aim is to show evidence of a case similar to yours being ruled in favor of the applicant.
If you still don’t win your case at the Appeals Council level, you can still take it to the federal court level. During this phase, the federal court will look at your case fully to determine whether or not there’s a reason the original ruling might not be within the rules that are currently laid out for your condition.
What We Do To Win Your Case
When you come to us at Osterhout Berger Disability Law, you can be sure that we will do everything we can to get you the benefits you deserve. We will ensure you’re informed every step of the way. Email, text, phone calls, and letters are all potential ways that we can keep you up to date on your claim or appeal, so we’ll do everything we can to make sure that you get the most up-to-date information on your case.
You can rest easy knowing your case is in the hands of an experienced attorney. By telling you what comes next, we make sure that you don’t get lost in the process if you’ve never tried to get disability benefits from the SSA.
When you work with us, we also have to help you get ready for the judge’s hearing. It makes people nervous when they don’t know what kind of questions they’ll be asked, but we can make things easier for you by asking you the questions before you go on the test.
We work with you all the way through the process to make sure that your medical history documentation is at a level that will likely lead to a good outcome for you. Disability benefits are the focus of our practice, and we’ve been fighting for people like you for years.
We try to make sure that we can help you with all of the technical parts of filing a claim and talking to the judge on the day of the hearing so that we can help you get the best possible outcome.
What You’ll Need To Do
Our team at Osterhout Berger Disability Law will be very grateful if you take the time to fully understand how you can make the process go more quickly. Keep in mind that we need you to be there for us. In order to be successful, we need you to answer the phone and return all paperwork on time. There are some things that only you can do, like authorize the release of your medical records. Many steps are time-sensitive, so we’ll need to maintain open lines of communication.
It’s also very important that you follow your medical treatment plan. This means that you need to go to all of your doctor’s appointments, take any prescribed medicines, and do any therapy that your doctor has told you to do. The message that your condition isn’t that bad or doesn’t affect your life very much can be sent if you don’t follow your doctor’s recommendations.
How We Can Help
There are several ways in which the team at Osterhout Berger Disability Law can help you receive the benefit you deserve. We help individuals who need to…
- Apply for Social Security Benefits and want to ensure everything is done right the first time
- Appeal a denial of Social Security Disability Benefits
If you are facing one of these situations, please do not hesitate in reaching out. Our team of experienced attorneys are here to help, and your consultation is free.