Can You Apply for Social Security Benefits After Being Laid Off? -

The coronavirus crisis has caused serious hardship for millions of Americans. Many have fallen ill or lost a loved one, while others have been forced to shutter a business or have lost a job in the resulting economic downturn.

Like so many of their fellow citizens, individuals working with a disability who were laid off during the pandemic now face a stressful and uncertain future. Paying medical bills, along with living expenses, and supporting a family without a steady income can seem like an overwhelming challenge in such a historically poor job market.

At Silver & Silver, the leading Social Security Disability lawyers in the Philadelphia area, we’re dedicated to helping clients with disabilities collect the benefits they deserve. We may be able to help disabled workers who were laid off due to COVID-19 apply for Social Security Disability benefits, particularly those who are over the age of 50.

To qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you must:

  • Have held a job that was covered by Social Security.
  • Suffer from a medical condition that meets eligibility requirements. 

 Therefore, if you’ve shown you are able to work in spite of your disability, proving you are eligible for benefits after being laid off is a daunting prospect. Some workers suffer from mental health conditions, which can be even more difficult to prove than a physical disability. That’s where an experienced attorney becomes a crucial asset in the process.

Older workers laid off during the pandemic may be more likely to qualify for benefits, because, after years of fighting through a disability to earn a living, their employment outlook during a recession is particularly cloudy. To find work again, they will have to compete with younger job seekers who are in better health.

If you suffer from a disability and have recently lost your job due to COVID-19, we encourage you to contact Silver & Silver and schedule a consultation. When it comes to disability benefit attorneys in the Philadelphia area, you won’t find more skilled and experienced legal guidance than here at our firm. 

In fact, we are home to some of the top-rated Social Security Disability lawyers in the state of Pennsylvania. Our co-founder, Mike Silver, was just honored by Super Lawyers for the 17th straight year, and attorney Joe Silver was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in both 2019 and 2020.  Mike continues to be the only disability attorney in Eastern PA to earn the Super Lawyer designation. 

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