Workers Comp or Social Security Claims Denied? Here's How Philadelphia Residents can Obtain Cash and other Assistance

Greg Boles
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If you need a Philadelphia Workers' Comp, Social Security Disability, or Long-Term Disability attorney to handle your case, please call us.  Whether you hire us or not, however, you're going to need help if your claim is denied and you have no income.  I wrote Battered and Broke: Making Ends Meet When your Workers' Comp Claim is Denied to help people who have suffered a sudden loss of income as a result of injury or illness.  For a complete list of all the benefits that may be available to you, download Battered and Broke.

The premier organization that provides free help to the disabled in navigating the confusing benefits system is Meeting Life's Challenges, which can be accessed here.

Most Pennsylvania benefits are available through the Compass website.  The following is a discussion of many of the types of benefits available to Philadelphia residents, along with the addresses and forms that need to be filed in connection with such claims. 

I strongly advise you to review my general overview of the benefits available, which you can access by clicking here. The following gives you the specific information you need to file for benefits in Philadelphia.

TOOLS FOR MEETING LIFE’S CHALLENGES

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  • Federal, state and local cash benefits
  • Medicare & Medicaid benefits
  • Private insurance benefits & appeals
  • In-home and community-based services
  • Educational advocacy
  • Home and vehicle modifications
  • Long-term care planning

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Website: Tools For Meeting Life's Challenges

UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION

You can apply for unemployment compensation benefits by filling out an application which you can obtain here.  The finished application should be mailed to the following address:

Erie UC Services Center
1316 State Street
Erie, PA 16501-1978

In the alternative, you can apply for unemployment compensation using the Compass web site, which you can access by clicking here.  Finally, you can apply for unemployment compensation benefits in person at the Philadelphia Unemployment Compensation Offices, which are located at the following addresses:  

Philadelphia UC Service Center
2901 Grant Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19114-1069

Local:  (215) 856-6990
Toll Free:  1-888-313-7284
TTY Toll Free:  1-888-334-4046 
FAX: (215) 560-6981

VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION

For a discussion of the benefits available through the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, click here and scroll the test to "VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION."

To apply for assistance with OVR, you have to do so at the following address:

Vocational Rehabilitation Services
444 North Third Street, Fifth Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Phone No.:      215-567-1900
TTY:               215-567-6144
Toll free:         800-443-6381
TTY toll free: 800-772-9031

You can also seek assistance through Pennsylvania CareerLink, which provides a wide array of services to the unemployed. The Philadelphia addresses for Pennsylvania CareerLink are as follows;

Pennsylvania CareerLink
Philadelphia North
990 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Phone No.:      215-560-5465
TDD/TTY:      215-560-5389

Pennsylvania CareerLink
Northwest Philadelphia
235 West Chelten Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

Phone No.:      215-560-5187
TTY:               215-560-5157

Pennsylvania CareerLink
Northeast Philadelphia
Academy Plaza Shopping Center
3210 Red Wine Road
Philadelphia, PA 19114

Phone No.:      215-281-1038
TDD/TTY:      215-632-6451

Pennsylvania CareerLink
Suburban Station
1617 JFK Boulevard, Second Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Phone No.:      215-557-2592
TDD/TTY:      267-514-8076


DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES

For all Pennsylvania residents, there are a variety of benefits available to you through the Department of Human Services, including cash assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance and health coverage, all of which are described in more detail here. You can apply for these benefits through the Compass web site, which can be accessed here.  You can also fill out an application for benefits, which you can access by clicking here.  Once you have filled out the form, bring the completed form to your County Assistance Office (CAO), at the address set forth below:

Philadelphia County Assistance Office Headquarters
801 Market Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107

Phone:             215-560-7236

LIHEAP:         215-560-1583
Fax:                 215-560-3214

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
1348 West Sedgley Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19132-2498

LIHEAP phone:          215-560-1583
LIHEAP fax:               215-560-2260

Boulevard District
4109 Frankfort Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19124-4508

Phone:             215-560-6500
Fax:                 215-560-2087

Chelten District
301 East Chelten Avenue, 1st Floor
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19144-5751

Phone:             215-560-5200
Fax:                 215-560-5251

Delancey District
5740 Market Street, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19139-3204

Phone:             215-560-3700
Fax:                 215-560-2907

Elmwood District
5740 Market Street, 1st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19139-3204

Phone:             215-560-3800
Fax:                 215-560-2065

Glendale District
5201 Old York Road
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19141-9943

Phone:             215-560-4600
Fax:                 215-546-5103

Liberty District
219 East Lehigh Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19125-1099

Phone:             215-560-4000
Fax:                 215-560-4065

Long Term Independent Services District
5070 Parkside Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19131

Phone:             215-560-5500
Fax:                 215-560-1495

Ridge/Tioga District
1350 West Sedgley Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19132-2498

Phone:             215-560-4900
Fax:                 215-560-4938

Somerset District
2701 North Broad Street, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19132-2743

Phone:             215-560-5400
Fax:                 215-560-5403

South District
1163 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA  19147

Phone:             215-560-4400
Fax:                 215-218-4650

Unity District
4111 Frankfort Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19124

Phone:             215-560-6400
Fax:                 215-560-2067

West District
5070 Parkside Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131-4747

Phone:             215-560-6100
Fax:                 215-560-2053

SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS

More information concerning the SSD and SSI programs is set forth in Battered and Broke and in the text summary that you may access here.  To apply for Social Security disability benefits online, click here.

Anyone who seeks Supplemental Security Income benefits must apply by scheduling an appointment with your local Social Security office, which can be reached by calling 1-800-772-1213 or (TTY) 1-800-325-0778 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  In the alternative, you can contact your Philadelphia Social Security office directly.


Social Security Office:

Social Security Administration
1500 JFK Boulevard, Suite 200
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102

Phone No.:      1-800-772-1213

Social Security Administration
300 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Phone No.:      800-772-1213

Social Security Administration
2929 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19132

Phone No.:      215-225-9165

Social Security Administration
701 East Chelten Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

Phone No.:      800-772-1213

Social Security Administration
3336 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145

Phone No.:      800-772-1213

Social Security Administration
2373 Welsh Road
Philadelphia, PA 19114

800-772-1213

To obtain the location and information about your local workers' compensation office, click here.