Social Security Disability Attorney

FAQ Section

Social Security Lawyer

At my law firm, you will find a lawyer who can help you regardless of the physical or mental disability that has impacted your life.

The Law Offices of Stephen J. Hogg have been aggressively protecting the rights of hard-working Pennsylvanians who have been injured on the job.

I represent clients who have been injured in car accidents, slip and fall accidents, construction accidents and other injuries.

Social Security FAQs

The answers below regarding Social Security Disability are particularly useful in explaining the disability claim process. Disability examiners work from inside the Social Security system making decisions on claims.

Do I need a social security disability attorney?

You do not have to hire an attorney to represent you at your disability hearing; however, an experienced social security disability attorney, like Stephen J. Hogg, will greatly improve your chances of winning your case. In fact, statistics show that a disability claimant (applicant) who is represented by an attorney at the hearing level is twice as likely to be approved than an unrepresented claimant.

What happens if I keep getting denied?

In the event that you are denied at the hearing level, I can , and will pursue your case to the Appeals Council and if neccessary, to the federal court.

This can all sound a bit discouraging, but keep in mind that a significant number of people who have been denied Social Security Disability are approved at one of the levels of appeal. So, if you believe you are disabled, it is worth your time and patience to appeal.

What reasons could I be denied Social Security?

  1. You Earn Too Much Money
  2. Your Disability Won’t Last Long Enough
  3. The SSA Cannot Find You
  4. You Refuse to Cooperate
  5. You Fail to Follow Prescribed Therapy
  6. Your Disability is Based on Drug Addiction
  7. You Commit Fraud to Obtain Social Security Disability
  8. People are usually denied Social Security Benefits, at least initially, because Social Security says they can do some other less physically or mentally demanding work even with limitations.

Workers Compensation FAQs

The following “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQs) are a supplement to Publication 550 “Questions and Answers About the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA)”.

I was injured on the job. How do I file a claim?

The first step is to file a claim petition for either injury or occupational disease with the PA  Bureau Workers Compensation. Pennsylvania Workers Compensation now has an electronic system so I can handle filing any petitions or answers electronically.

Is there a timeline for filing a claim?

The PA Bureau Workers Compensation provides that a claim for compensation must be filed within 3 years of the date of injury. For a traumatic injury, the statutory time limitation begins to run from the date of injury. For a latent condition, it begins to run when an injured employee with a compensable disability becomes aware, or reasonably should have been aware, of a possible relationship between the medical condition and the employment. Where the exposure to the identified factors of employment continues after this knowledge, the time for filing begins to run on the date of the employee’s last exposure to those factors.

Personal Injury FAQs

The following “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQs) pertain to personal injury.

How much is my case worth?

The following factors will be considered when determining the amount of compensation owed for your injuries: the severity of your injuries; the details of your accident; your degree of fault; your employment history; your ability to work in spite of your injuries; and your medical treatment will also be considered. The manner in which you obtain medical treatment, your lifestyle, and your litigation history will also be considered.

How long will my personal injury lawsuit take?

It’s difficult to determine how long it will take to resolve a personal injury lawsuit. Each case is unique; therefore, no general timetable can be established for personal injury cases. A personal injury lawsuit may settle in a few months without the need for a trial, while others can take years to complete.

Should I sign a release?

Before signing anything, be sure to contact a personal injury lawyer to ensure your rights are protected. If you sign a release, you may be unable to recover future damages. In some instances, the insurer may offer an early settlement, which may not fully compensate the victim, as he or she may still be unaware of the extent and future costs of their injuries.

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