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Social Security Disability Lawyers Erie, PA

PA Social Security Disability Attorneys Help Clients Get SSD Benefits in Crawford County, Erie County, and Throughout Western Pennsylvania

Workers pay for Social Security Disability Insurance with each paycheck through patrol deductions. Throughout a person’ working life, a small amount is deducted to pay benefits to people who can no longer work because of disability or illness. Any worker who has paid into SSD for the mandated time and is found to be disabled after one year is eligible to receive benefits, according to the rules used by Social Security.

Although this sounds straightforward, actually obtaining Social Security Disability benefits is often challenging. That’s where we come in. The Erie, PA attorneys at Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. help disabled workers obtain the SSD benefits they need. When we are successful, our fee is based on the percentage of the back benefits you receive. If we are not successful, you pay no attorney’s fee.

How Our Western PA Attorneys Help With an SSD Claim

Studies have show that workers who hire SSD lawyers in Pennsylvania have a better chance of obtaining Social Security Disability benefits. Our lawyers know how to advocate successfully for clients because we have done it before and we know the process. We understand how to structure SSD claims so that medical evidence, work history, and doctor reports are presented effectively. Our lawyers handle all aspects of the SSDI claim process in PA, including:

  • Initial applications for disability benefits.
  • Preparation and advocacy during appeals if the initial claim is denied.
  • Answers to your questions about your Social Security Disability benefits claims.
  • Make sure that your claim includes all qualifying disabilities.
  • Disability benefits for children.
  • Disability benefits for people who can still work.
  • Coordination of benefits with Social Security Disability and Workers’ Compensation when appropriate—some workers may be eligible for both.
  • Advocate for vocational training when you want to work part time because of your disability.

This means we gather and review all medical evidence, ensure that the appeals court judge has all the relevant information needed, help you document your daily activities to show your limitations, cross-examine vocational and medical experts and specialists, and file additional appeals if the first SSD appeal is unsuccessful.

What Amount Can a Disabled PA Worker Expect to Receive in SSD Benefits?

The average amount of SSD benefits paid in 2017 was $1,171 per month. The maximum monthly benefit was $2, 687. Social Security uses an average of your past earnings to calculate disability benefits. The best way to ensure that you get maximum Social Security Disability Benefits is to speak with an experienced SSD attorney in Pennsylvania today.

Am I Really Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits in PA?

Most people who have been working for more than a few years are eligible for SSD benefits if:

  • They have a physical or mental injury or condition that keeps them from performing any “substantial gainful activity,” or SGA in the language of the Social Security Administration.
  • Their condition or illness is expected to last at least 12 months or cause death.
  • They are under age 65.
  • They have enough work credits for their age.

The Social Security Disability claims evaluation process relies heavily on medical evidence that shows the worker’s inability to continue working. Applicants for SSD benefits may be asked to visit a different doctor for a third party evaluation. If the medical evidence clearly shows that the person has one of the conditions or illnesses in the SSD Blue Book – the Bible for disability evaluators – the claim will probably be approved. However, most SSD applications do not have enough medical evidence or the right kind of evidence – and, as a result, the claims are denied. This can require applicants to file an appeal and wait even longer for Social Security Disability benefits.

Contact an Experienced Pennsylvania Attorney If You Have Questions About Social Security Disability Benefits

For more information about applying for SSD, contact the Erie Social Security Disability attorneys at Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. Call now or use our online contact form. SSD claims can be complicated and lengthy. Disabled workers need guidance as they undertake the process of obtaining their rightful disability benefits in Pennsylvania.

Personal Injury Case Results


Car accident

At approximately 50 mph, a young woman’s vehicle collided with a truck. Both vehicles were totaled. Client suffered multiple injuries including complex fractures and a myocardial contusion.


Motorcycle Fatality

Client’s husband was killed in a motorcycle accident caused by a careless driver. His underinsured motorist carrier originally denied coverage, based on a policy exclusion, and then offered only half the coverage.

Criminal Defense Case Results

Charges Dropped

DUI, Lane violation & Careless driving

Late at night, a driver turned right at a stop light and crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic. His BAC was over the legal limit. He was charged with DUI, a lane violation and careless driving.

Not Guilty

Sex Offense

An instructor at a local high school was accused by a student of indecent assault on the last day of school. After four days of trial, the jury acquitted the instructor of all charges.


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  • "There aren't enough words to express how elated we are with the end results Attorney Tim George delivered, he went above and beyond our expectations. Attorney George was always prompt in returning phone calls, straight forward about the facts and extremely empathetic with the horrible situation that our son was facing."

  • "Eric Purchase provided clear, logical guidance. He worked to understand the situation and circumstances (in a complicated matter) in order to provide accurate assessments and recommendations. Thrilled to partner with him. Also appreciated his updates on pertinent matters and professional counseling throughout the entire process."

  • "Craig Murphey handled my personal injury claim. He was extremely professional, but also took a personal interest in helping me through a very difficult process. Everyone in the Purchase, George & Murphey office was very kind and helpful. I would recommend Craig Murphey’s services to anyone who might find themselves in need of a top-notch lawyer."

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Mr. George and his entire office staff were very kind and helping me through my first ever experience with the law. He was able to get me exactly what he said he would in the outcome of my trial. The entire staff was very informative and kept me up to date on everything. Very pleased with my experience and would most definately recommend him to others.

Allison, July 8, 2017