Benefits While You Wait for Your Chester County Workers' Comp, SSD, or LTD Claim to be Heard

Greg Boles
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If you need a Chester County 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 Chester County 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 Chester County.


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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:

Lancaster UC Service Center
36 East Grant Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17602

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 Chester County Unemployment Compensation Office, which is located at the following address:  

Coatesville Unemployment Office
250 Harmony Street
Coatesville, PA 19320

Phone No. (610) 384‑9393


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:

Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
1875 New Hope Street
Norristown, PA 19401-3146 

484 250 4340
484 250 4357 (TTY) 
800 221 1042 (free voice) 
888 616 0470 (free TTY)


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:

Chester County Assistance Office
100 James Buchanan Drive
Thorndale, PA 19372-1132

Toll free 1‑888‑814‑4698
Phone 610‑466‑1000
LIHEAP (610) 466‑1042
Fax No. (610) 466‑1130


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 Chester County Social Security office directly.

Social Security Office:

Social Security Administration
1101 Westchester Pike
West Chester, PA 19382

Phone No. 1‑800‑772‑1213
TTY 1‑800‑325‑0778

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