Life is unpredictable, and even when all the proper safety precautions are observed, the fact still remains that anyone can be injured on the job. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is a part of the United States Department of Labor, reports that in 2012 alone, private industry employers reported close to three million workplace injuries. Workers in certain industries run an especially high risk of falling victim to workplace injuries. For example, employees who work in the fields of healthcare, manufacturing, and construction are at a statistically greater risk than their peers for sustaining an injury on the job.
When a person is injured, whether it happens at the workplace or in the home, they may lose their ability to continue earning income. When an injury creates a disability that prevents a person from working, they can lose out on precious financial resources — but utility bills and medical bills continue to accumulate just the same. Add in the fact that the SSA rejects about as many disability applicants as it approves, and you’re looking at a very challenging situation.
Young, Marr & Associates can help guide and support you through the process. To arrange for a free and confidential legal consultation, call our law offices today at (609) 557-3081 in New Jersey or (215) 515-2954 in Pennsylvania.
You don’t have to go through the process alone. At Young, Marr & Associates, we have more than 25 years of experience representing injured and disabled residents of Bucks County, and have represented thousands of clients. Whatever situation you may be facing, we’ve been there before.
Our highly experienced disability attorneys serve a multitude of communities across Bucks County, including Doylestown, Feasterville, Langhorne, Levittown, New Hope, Perkasie, Quakertown, Silverdale, Trevose, Yardley, and more. We have office locations spread conveniently across Lower, Central, and Upper Bucks County.
The Social Security Act, enacted in 1935, defines a disability as the “inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death, or has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.” The SSA maintains a lengthy list of conditions which are considered disabilities for both children and adults.
Some of the broad categories of injuries and disabilities which the SSA considers eligible for benefits include:
The amount of benefits each individual receives from the SSA varies. The main factor which determines the benefits you will be eligible to receive is your earnings record. The SSA looks at your earnings record and applies it to a formula, which takes into account your overall average earnings for all the years you were employed. The formula is not limited to evaluating only your most recent salary.
Workers’ compensation and disability benefits are not the same thing, nor are they mutually exclusive. Even if you are currently on workers’ compensation, you may still be a candidate to receive disability benefits as well. However, the sooner you are able to file a claim for disability, the better, because you would ideally like to avoid a situation in which your workers’ comp runs out, and your disability benefits haven’t started yet.
If you or a loved one has suffered from an injury and is unable to work and generate an income, you don’t have to navigate the system alone. Contact the law offices of Young, Marr & Associates online, or call our Bucks County disability attorneys today at 1 (609) 557-3081 in New Jersey or (215) 515-2954 in Pennsylvania for a free, private legal consultation.