While receiving disability benefits can greatly improve the lives of Pennsylvania individuals who are unable to work, applying for these federal benefits can be a challenge. Understanding the necessary documentation and requirements can help the process of securing benefits. Pennsylvania Social Security Disability lawyers can provide guidance through the application steps and help individuals understand whether they qualify for benefits.
First, when determining disability qualifications, it can be helpful to rely on the Blue Book, which is a publication entitled Disability Evaluation under Social Security. This book gives detailed descriptions of conditions and disabilities that qualify individuals for benefits. It contains an overview of Social Security programs and explains the requirements of both Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income.
Additionally, the Blue Book lists acceptable sources of medical information and makes clear that medical evidence from professional health care workers is likely considered the most accurate. As the final section of the Blue Book, the listing of impairments includes disease groups, further broken into sub-points.