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Social Security Disability

Have you recently filed for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD/SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and received a denial?

Or, are you just beginning the process to apply for SSD benefits and are confused about how to fill out the forms?

In Western Pennsylvania, Westmoreland Injury Lawyers has the experience you need to help you get your benefits or resume disability benefits that have been unfairly stopped. Call our law firm in Greensburg, PA today and talk with our SSD lawyers. Our attorneys have the legal experience required to give you the right advice and better legal representation. Contact us today to schedule your FREE consultation.

Benefits Programs You May Qualify For:

Long-Term Disability

Through an employer or other private disability insurance provider, you may be entitled to collect disability benefits if you have been disabled due to a current medical condition or recent injury.


Administered by the federal Social Security Administration (SSA), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD/SSDI) is one of the most extensive social "safety net" programs our government has in place for disabled workers.


The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. It is not tied to work history, as those who qualify for SSI may have never worked a job.

At Westmoreland Injury Lawyers, we can help you navigate all of these programs to get you or a loved one your necessary benefits.

Types of Injuries and Illnesses that May Make You Eligible to Receive Disability Benefits

Many disabilities can make it impossible for an individual to earn a living. Here are some of the most common injuries and disabilities that could meet medical eligibility requirements for you or a loved one to receive ongoing payments:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Disorders of the spine
  • Amputation
  • Neurogenic Disorders
  • Respiratory Illnesses
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Acute Respiratory Disease
  • Hepatitis
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Stroke
  • Mental Disorders
    • Schizophrenia
    • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    • Bipolar Disorder
    • Depression
  • Lupus
  • HIV
  • Brain Injury
  • Cancer

Navigating the Social Security Disability system or private disability insurance claims can be a complicated and frustrating process that you don't have to—and should not—face on your own. Get the help you need from an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer who understands the system and can help you fight for the benefits you deserve.

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Answers to 3 Big FAQs About Social Security Benefits

How Difficult Is It to Apply for SSD?

In short, it is not extremely difficult to begin the application process for Social Security benefits. However, to be eligible for SSD, you must meet Social Security's definition of having a "disability." You must also have been working recently—and for long enough—in jobs covered by Social Security.

Unfortunately, things can get complicated quickly between your medical eligibility and what is known as Social Security work credits. This is why it is best to seek legal help with the SSD claim process before you even begin filling out the initial online forms, but lawyers are happy to jump in at any point in the disability claims process.

SSD/SSDI vs. SSI - What's the Difference?

The most significant difference between Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is that SSD/SSDI is tied to work history. To qualify for traditional Social Security Disability benefits, you must be medically eligible and have accrued enough Social Security work credits, which are based on your total yearly income, whether you worked for someone else or were self-employed.

If you or a loved one has never been able to work at a job due to a disability, you may qualify for SSI instead. Statistically, fewer individuals will qualify for SSI, though one of the helpful things about the program is that it's not limited to those who have never worked. This means that some people will qualify for both SSD benefits and SSI.

The application process for SSI is no less complex than claiming SSD benefits, and we recommend that you consult with an experienced SSI lawyer if you are thinking about filing, especially if you are doing so on behalf of a minor child.

I Received a Denial of Benefits—Now What?

Call a Social Security Disability lawyer right away. You will want to appeal your denial of benefits, but you should not do that alone. Denied SSD benefits claims are an unfortunately common occurrence. In fact, survey data suggests that only about 25% of initial claims for social security disability benefits submitted by individuals are approved. There are other potential complications beyond a denial, too.

Our law firm and experienced local SSDI attorneys understand the frustration and fear that comes from being denied benefits that you desperately need. Even if you have already been denied, you may still be able to receive benefits. We urge you to get in touch with us right away if you have received a denial of benefits.

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Get the Facts About Social Security Disability

We often cover topics related to Social Security Disability benefits and personal injury on our Westmoreland Injury Lawyers blog. We encourage you to check out some of our top articles related to disability claims and how to apply for SSD benefits.

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Westmoreland Injury Lawyers is Here to Get You the Disability Benefits You Are Owed

Throughout Western Pennsylvania, Westmoreland Injury Lawyers is well known for our experience in getting clients the disability benefits they deserve or helping them resume benefits that have been unfairly stopped.

Now more than ever before, we understand that our neighbors here in Greensburg may be facing uncertainty about their health and wellbeing. If you have been injured at work as an essential employee and are navigating the workers' compensation system or you are beginning the process of applying for SSD or SSI benefits, we invite you to get in touch with our skilled and caring attorneys. Call us, stop by our office, or send us a secure message through our website to begin the case review process.

Consult with a Social Security Disability lawyer for FREE today!

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