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What if my Social Security disability claim is denied?

For Pennsylvanians who apply for Social Security disability benefits, having their claim denied can be difficult. The idea behind SSD benefits is for the person to receive assistance to make ends meet so they can be treated for their medical issues without concern for their living arrangements, purchasing necessities and more. A denial can add more worries on top of what the person and his or her family is already dealing with. Fortunately, it is possible to appeal a denied claim. Understanding the appeals process can be key.

Social Security disability and the five-step evaluation process

Residents of Hermitage who are injured, ill or have a condition that hinders of prevents their ability to hold a job should consider filing for Social Security disability benefits. Even those who do not believe they meet the criteria to be approved are often surprised when they go through the process. Before moving forward with the application, however, it is important to understand the basics. A significant part is the five-step evaluation process. The Social Security Administration will use these steps to decide on a case's viability. Knowing these is key for the applicant.


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