The lead plaintiff, as well as two other individuals who previously received financial assistance from Pennsylvania’s General Assistance program, have filed a suit to overturn the state legislature’s recent decision to cut the $150 million program.
Online PR News – 18-October-2012 – Philadelphia, PA – The attorneys at Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., are dedicated to helping injured and disabled individuals secure the financial assistance they need to make ends meet, and as such, feel it is important to discuss a recent lawsuit filed in Philadelphia that illustrates the problems that many disabled individuals are facing in a time of economic distress and government budget cutting. Billie Washington, the lead plaintiff, as well as two other individuals who previously received financial assistance from Pennsylvania’s General Assistance program, have filed a suit to overturn the state legislature’s recent decision to cut the $150 million program. Individuals enrolled in this program, which required a demonstration of disability status or certain other qualifying factors, received a $205 monthly payment as financial assistance to help pay for the basic costs of everyday living.
As Washington pointed out, her only other option after General Assistance was discontinued was to apply for Social Security disability benefits. However, the process of applying for and receiving these benefits can often take months or even years, time which disabled individuals may not have. Unfortunately, unless the lawsuit from these plaintiffs proceeds, the fact of the matter is that Social Security disability programs remain the best way for those who cannot work to find support for themselves.
As this case should make clear, having the assistance of a qualified legal professional in filing for disability benefits or appealing a denial of benefits is more essential than ever for Pennsylvania residents. An experienced attorney can ensure that there are no mistakes on the application form and that the applicant has the best possible chance of getting the benefits they need. The Philadelphia Social Security disability lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., are prepared to offer their assistance to any Pennsylvania residents needing assistance filing for Social Security disability benefits.
Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., is a Social Security disability law firm based in Pennsylvania, with offices in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York. To learn more about pursuing disability benefits, contact their team today at 215-238-1130.