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Disability Attorney Services LLC
Social Security Disability Attorney Gary Brown Guides You Through the Application and Appeals Process
If you are unable to work due to a physical or mental disability, you should work with a Social Security disability lawyer who can help you through the process. Applying for disability can be complex, and many people are denied initially. The approval process can be frustrating, and you likely have no idea where to start. By working with an attorney, you can focus on your life while they handle the legal issues.
If Your Social Security Disability Claim Was Denied, You Should Appeal
If your claim for Social Security disability benefits has been denied, you are probably feeling confused and searching for answers. You are not alone. Most of my disability clients have felt the same way. The Social Security Administration is a large bureaucracy, governed by complicated rules that sometimes seem to defy logic. Dealing with this bureaucracy often is frustrating, at best.
That is why I created this website. As a disability attorney, I have been helping disabled individuals navigate the Social Security disability appeals process for more than 20 years. I know how the system works and how to avoid the common traps and pitfalls.
Most initial applications for Social Security disability benefits are denied. However, persistent applicants, who pursue their claim through to a hearing before an administrative law judge, are awarded benefits more often than not.
Two Types of Disability Benefits
If you have a physical or mental disability and are unable to work, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. There are two types of disability benefits you may seek:
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) – This disability benefit is available to people who have worked and paid Social Security taxes for a certain number of years and have enough “work credits.”
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) – This disability benefit is available to people who are disabled and elderly who have very low income and limited assets.
It can be difficult to know if you qualify for SSDI or SSI. Work with a Social Security disability lawyer who can guide you through the process and help you understand your legal options.
How to Qualify for SSDI
In order to qualify for SSDI, you must be mentally or physically disabled and have worked a sufficient amount of time in the past. You must have built up work credits by paying Social Security taxes at qualifying jobs. The number of credits that you need depends on your age and when you became disabled. Essentially, you must have worked at least part of five of the last 10 years prior to becoming disabled.
If you are approved for SSDI, you will receive monthly payments from the Social Security Administration (SSA). The exact amount will be based on the amount of wages you earned while working. Average SSDI payments are between $1,000 and $1,200 per month. However, people who earned higher wages and paid more federal income tax may get more money from SSA. After receiving disability benefits under SSDI for 24 months, you are eligible for Medicare. You may also be eligible for Medicaid prior to your qualification for Medicare.
A Social Security disability lawyer can evaluate your specific situation and help you understand if you are eligible for SSDI benefits.
How to Qualify for SSI
SSI benefits are provided in collaboration between SSA and your state government. Thus, your eligibility and the amount you receive monthly depend greatly on the state in which you live. In order to qualify for SSI under federal guidelines, you must meet the following criteria:
- You are blind, disabled, or age 65 or older;
- You are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or have qualified through military service, political asylum, or refugee status;
- Your monthly income is lower than limits established by your state; and
- Your assets and property are not worth more than $2,000 for an individual or $3,000 for a couple.
If you are approved for SSI benefits, you will receive monthly payments from the federal government of $750 for an individual or $1,125 for a couple in 2018. Your income may be deducted from that amount. The amount changes annually. Your state may supplement that amount with an additional payment.
It can be difficult to know if you meet both state and federal requirements for SSI. Work with a Social Security disability lawyer to ensure you meet all the qualifications.
If Your Social Security Disability Claim Was Denied, I Can Help
I represent North Georgia and South Western Social Security Disability applicants whose claims for benefits have been denied. Although each case is different and each client is unique, in most cases I can help with the following:
I will assist you in completing and filing the forms and gathering the documentation needed to support your appeal. I also will communicate with your treating doctors to ensure they provide the appropriate reports to the Social Security Administration. You can rest assured that when the Social Security Administration decision-maker reviews your appeal, your file will be complete.
I will explain what happens at a Social Security disability hearing and help you prepare to testify. When your hearing day arrives, you will know exactly what to expect, so you can relax and give your best testimony.
I will work with you to select witnesses to testify on your behalf. In addition to your doctors and therapists, we may call a friend, family member, neighbor, clergyman, or other person close to you to testify about how your disability impacts your daily life and prevents you from working.
Representing Your Interests at the Hearing
I will attend the hearing with you and be there to protect your interests by, if necessary, objecting to improper evidence or procedures, cross-examining adverse witnesses, and presenting a closing statement.
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Our Law Team
Gary Brown is a board-licensed attorney specializing in Social Security (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit claims. Over the course of the past 10 years, Brown has represented thousands of clients to help them obtain the benefits they rightfully deserve.
Brett Fulton is a board-licensed attorney. He has worked as a criminal prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney and a civil litigator in private practice. He specializes in Social Security Disabilty Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and VA Disability Benefits claims.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- By telephone.
- In person at a local Social Security office.
- Through the Internet.
- A Social Security Benefit Application.
- An Authorization to Disclose Medical Records.
- An Adult Disability Report.