Social Security Disability Benefits in Pennsylvania
Potter County, Mckean County, Tioga County, Cameron County, PA
Types of Social Security Disability Benefits
There are two primary types of disability benefits available through the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Social Security Disability (SSD) is a benefit program that is available to disabled individuals who qualify. Some requirements include a work history with payment of Social Security taxes for five out of the last ten years. The claimant must be totally disabled due to illness or injury and the disablity must be expected to last for twelves months or more.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is available to those who are totally disabled if their income and assets fall within certain limits. This program benefits low income individuals who do not have the work history required for SSI. In some cases, children can obtain SSI benefits.
For either SSD or SSI, you must be able to prove that you can no longer perform your former job or any other type of work because of your disability. Your condition must also be one that will last 12 months or longer.
There are some exceptions to these requirements and there are also other types of disability benefits available through the SSA, so it's best to check with our office if you have questions about your eligibility for benefits.
Examples of Disabling Conditions
What Benefits Are Available
For SSD, the Social Security Administration uses a formula based on your average lifetime earnings and the total number of years you have worked to calculate the SSD benefit amount.
As of August 2009, the average SSD benefit amount is $1,064 per month. You can receive up to the maximum of $2,449 per month. If you have a family, they could receive additional benefits, up to 50 percent of your own monthly benefit amount.
For SSI, your benefit amount depends on your living arrangement, the assets you own, and any income you receive.
Feel free to consult one of our social security attorneys to help you obtain social security benefits in McKean County, Potter County, Tioga County, and Cameron County, PA. We can be reached at (814) 274-8612. Your questions will be answered by an experienced Pennsylvania social security lawyer.
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