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Who is eligible for Social Security Disability benefits?

Know your rights. Contact a Northeastern Pennsylvania Social Security Disability attorney

Many people wonder if they're eligible for Social Security Disability benefits in Pennsylvania. That's probably why it's one of the most frequently asked questions about Social Security Disability benefits.

Before you apply for Social Security Disability benefits, get accurate answers to your important questions. Contact O'Malley & Langan, a top-notch Scranton Social Security Disability law firm serving Lackawanna County, Luzerne County, Bradford County and residents throughout Pennsylvania.

What are the guidelines for Social Security Disability benefits in Pennsylvania?

The Social Security Administration has strict guidelines concerning eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits. In order to qualify for SSD benefits, you must:

  • Have an injury or medical condition expected to last at least 1 year
  • Have or had a job covered by Social Security for 5 out of the last 10 years
  • Have an injury found in the Social Security Administration's list of impairments
  • Be unable to work due to your disability
  • Have not yet reached your full retirement age

Depending on your situation, you may be eligible for Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). What's the difference? DIB is a program designed to provide support to people who cannot work due to a permanent disability, but have previously earned income and paid Social Security taxes long enough to meet the work credit requirements established by the Social Security Administration. SSI is a need-based aid program designed to provide a supplemental income to aged, blind, or disabled individuals with low levels of monthly income and other financial assets.

Personal attention from a professional Pennsylvania SSD attorney

Having an experienced Pennsylvania Social Security Disability attorney on your side can make a dramatic difference in the outcome of your case. That's why it's critical you contact us. When you have an aggressive lawyer on your side, you can feel confident as you negotiate the complex Social Security disability process.

Winning court cases can be a challenge. Choosing your attorney should be simple. Discover what many people throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania already know. O'Malley & Langan vigorously investigates every case and does not rest until justice is served. We represent people living throughout Pennsylvania, from Scranton to Pittston, Hazleton and Towanda and cities and towns throughout the state.

"Our clients' needs always come first," attorney Todd O'Malley often says. Discover what we can do for you. Call (866) 326-0100 and schedule a free case evaluation. Contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You case matters here.


Office Locations



201 Franklin Avenue

Scranton, PA 18503

p. 570-344-2667



9 North Main Street

Pittston, PA 18640

p. 570-883-1321



213 Main Street

Towanda, PA 18848

p. 570-265-5800