Guidance on Delaware Social Security applications and appeals from the disability attorneys at Silver and Silver
We have been practicing Social Security disability law in the Delaware Valley area for over 30 years. Mike Silver, our firm’s co-founder, served as a past President of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR). NOSSCR’s members, numbering nearly 4,000 attorneys and paralegals, are committed to providing high quality representation for disability claimants and to maintaining a system of full and fair adjudication for every claimant. Mike has been recognized by Philadelphia Magazine as a Super Lawyer in the disability field from 2004 through 2010.
Mike and the other attorneys at our firm focus on Social Security disability law, which allows us to offer specialized experience and knowledge, and a successful methodology for approaching your Delaware Social Security disability case. We will guide you through the often complex Social Security disability application and appeal process. For information about us, see About Us.
Will my application for Delaware Social Security disability benefits be approved?
We are often asked this question by our prospective Delaware Social Security disability clients. To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you must satisfy Social Security’s strict definition of “disabled,” which is based on your ability to work.
To be “disabled” for purposes of Social Security disability benefits you must:
- Be unemployed or working at a job that requires only minimal duties and pays no more than a minimum monthly amount.
- Have a severe physical or mental condition that can be established through medical diagnostic techniques, and that is expected to last or has lasted at least a year or result in death.
- No longer be able to do any job you held during the past 15 years.
- Not be able to adapt to any other jobs available in the economy in significant numbers considering your age, education, and previous work experience.
You must also have paid enough Social Security taxes to qualify for Social Security disability insurance benefits or you must meet income and asset tests to qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
For more information on whether you are disabled for Social Security disability purposes, see the video “Are you likely to qualify.”
What should I do if my initial application is denied?
Do not be surprised if your initial application for Delaware Social Security benefits is denied. The Social Security Administration denies about two-thirds of initial applications. The good news is that a denial letter is not the final word and it does not mean that you cannot receive disability benefits. You must take the next step and appeal.
Disability claimants who appeal have a much better chance of success. Over half of Social Security disability claimants who appeal eventually win disability benefits. The Social Security disability evaluation process is lengthy. Many people become so frustrated by delays and denials that they simply give up. Don’t let that happen to you.
For more information on how to appeal see Advice for appealing a denial of Social Security disability benefits.
How we help Delaware disability applicants
Pursuing Delaware Social Security disability benefits can be a complicated and frustrating process. The Social Security Administration reports that claimants who are represented by disability attorneys have better odds of a successful outcome.
As your Delaware disability lawyers, we will begin by analyzing your case to determine what we need to prove to win. Then we will gather the necessary evidence and make sure that it is considered by the Delaware disability decision makers. Typical items that can be vital to the success of your case include:
- Your medical records and test results, such as admission histories and physicals; physical therapy evaluations; emergency room records; radiology reports; surgical and operative reports; and pathologist reports.
- Reports from your treating doctors on your diagnosis, treatment, and what you can and cannot do given your impairments.
- Letters from employers, family and friends in support of your claim.
As your hearing approaches, we will prepare you to testify about how your impairments affect your ability to function. And we will be by your side during the hearing to object to improper evidence or procedures, cross-examine adverse witnesses, and present a closing statement. We’ll also submit a written summary of the evidence and arguments to the administrative law judge.
We will work as hard as we can to make the process go smoothly. We promise to answer your questions and keep you informed about your case.
We are experienced with handling all types of impairments, including the following:
- Arthritis and joint pain
- Back injuries
- Bipolar disorder
- Heart disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy/complex regional pain syndrome
And many more.
How to contact us
Please contact us if you live in Delaware and want assistance with your Social Security disability case. We also handle Social Security disability applications and appeals for claimants located throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
If you provide a brief description of your claim using the form to the right, we will respond promptly. Or you may contact us at:
Silver & Silver
Social Security disability lawyers
42 West Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore, Pennsylvania 19003
We are conveniently located approximately two miles west of City Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.