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The Chambersburg disability lawyers at Black and Davison provide reliable guidance and personal attention at every step of the Social Security disability benefits process

As experienced Chambersburg disability lawyers, we know how frustrating it can be to deal with a large government bureaucracy like the Social Security Administration. The rules are complicated; the language is confusing (“residual functional capacity?” “substantial gainful activity?” “past relevant work?”), and the paperwork is seemingly endless, as you are forced to jump through one hoop after another. Under the best of circumstances, the process is difficult; when your health is impaired, it can be almost overwhelming. The good news is that you do not have to tackle this process alone. We can help.

Are you thinking about applying for Social Security disability benefits?

If you cannot work because of a mental or physical condition that has lasted or is expected to last at least 12 months or to result in your death, then you should apply for Social Security disability benefits. An initial application may be filed in person, online or by phone. You may file the initial application on your own or we can do it for you. More information about applying for Social Security disability benefits is available on the Social Security website ( and in our Social Security disability library. You may find the following particularly helpful:

Was your initial claim for Social Security disability benefits denied?

Do not be discouraged. Nationally and in Pennsylvania, approximately 2/3 of initial applications for disability benefits are denied. Your chances of success improve, however, if you appeal your claim to a hearing before an administrative law judge. The hearing is your opportunity to meet the person who will be deciding your case; it is your chance to look him or her in the eye and explain why and how your impairment makes it impossible for you to work. This face-to-face interaction often proves persuasive. More than half of all applicants who appeal to an administrative law judge are awarded benefits. Even if your claim is denied after an administrative hearing, all is not lost. You still have two levels of appeal available to you – the Social Security Appeals Council and federal court.

A knowledgeable Chambersburg disability lawyer at Black and Davison can help with all aspects of your appeal, including completing and filing the paperwork, and preparing you to testify. A denial letter does not have to mark the end of your claim.

More information about appealing a denial of Social Security disability benefits is available here:

Would you like to talk with a knowledgeable Chambersburg disability lawyer?

If you would like to talk with a knowledgeable Chambersburg disability lawyer, please use the Free Claim Evaluation form on this page to tell us about your situation, or call or email us directly. From your initial application for benefits through the entirety of the appeals process, we can help you organize your claim, gather evidence, and present a persuasive case. We will deal with the Social Security Administration so that you can deal with more important matters, like taking care of your health and your family.

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Chambersburg, PA 17201

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