Social Security Disability Benefit Programs

At the Disability and Injury Law Offices of David R. Machek, Esq., we provide experienced, effective advocacy and personal assistance to individuals and families in need of Social Security Disability benefits. We handle every aspect of your claim, from drafting your application and submitting documentation through hearings and appeals. Whether you are filing a claim for the first time, or have been denied benefits in the past, we will take a comprehensive approach to helping you get the benefits you and your family deserve. There are two several types of disability benefits that you or your family may qualify for:

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI): these benefits are available for disabled individuals and their dependents who have paid sufficient Social Security taxes and have acquired Social Security insured status.

Disabled Widows/Widowers and Divorcees May Qualify for Benefits. When a loved one dies, benefits may be paid to his or her surviving spouse or ex-spouse who suffers from a disability. However, there are certain qualifications that must be met in order for a widow or a widower to be eligible for these benefits, including:

  • The widow or widower must between the ages of 50 and 60 and (with some exceptions) the marriage must have lasted 9 months.
  • Their condition must meet the definition of a disability for adults
  • The disability definition must be met within seven years of the spouse's death
  • For a surviving divorced spouse, the marriage must have lasted at least 10 years

If the widow, widower or surviving divorced spouse is caring for the deceased spouse's children and receives Social Security benefits, she or he may still be eligible for these benefits if the disability occurs within seven years after payments have ended. Our disability lawyer will review your situation and let you know whether you are likely to qualify.

Applying for Benefits for an Adult Child with a Disability. Social Security Disability Insurance pays benefits to adults who suffer from a disability that began before they turned 22 years of age. These payments are paid based on a parent's Social Security earnings record. The parent must be receiving Social Security retirement or disability, or the parent must have died and have worked long enough under Social Security. These benefits will continue as long as the adult child remains disabled and the child need not have worked to receive these benefits.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI): These benefits differ from SSDI. They are available for disabled individuals that have never worked or have not paid sufficient Social Security taxes to qualify for SSDI benefits. To qualify for SSI, an individual must also have a low income and low assets. Children under the age of 18 with disabilities may also qualify for children's SSI benefits. In some cases, an individual may apply for and qualify for both SSDI and SSI disability benefits.

Work With an Experienced Disability Benefits Lawyer

While it may seem prudent to file your disability application without legal help, you may lose valuable time and risk losing benefits. When you come to the Disability and Injury Law Offices of David R. Machek, Esq., you will work with an attorney who knows exactly what documentation will be necessary to win your case. We will help you file your application correctly so you do not have to wait longer than necessary to collect the benefits you are entitled to. We have the resources and the experience to help applicants avoid mistakes that may undermine their application.

Effective Representation for People with a Wide Range of Debilitating Medical Conditions

We only handle matters involving disability benefits. Accordingly, we have extensive experience addressing claims arising from any injury or ailment that leaves you unable to work, including:

Call Now for a Free Consultation with an Experienced Social Security Attorney

Having experienced legal counsel in your corner can make all the difference in getting approval of your benefits application. Contact us online or call (215) 886-0398 for a free initial consultation. We take all cases on a contingency basis, so you owe us nothing unless we win your claim.