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What We Can Do For You

  • We maintain and complete all forms for you and communicate with the disability determinations unit throughout the entire disability claims process.
  • We will accept your case at any level of the disability process (This may include the initial application, reconsideration, or hearing level before an administrative law judge.)
  • We make all essential contacts vital to your case.
  • We have an “open door policy” where you can access your representative via phone, e-mail, or also by booking an appointment with our office.
  • We work closely with you, always keeping you informed of progress in your case.
  • We recommend resources for any services you may need.
  • We compassionately listen to your story and help you in determining how to proceed with your case.
  • We evaluate your case for eligibility and explain why or why you may not be a good candidate for disability should you not be eligible.
  • We do not get paid unless your case is won!
  • Your assigned case manager will always be an accredited disability representative where most firms simply have case managers who handle your case on a day to day basis and will only assign a disability representative, who may or may not be qualified to handle your hearing, once a hearing is scheduled.
  • Our main goal is localization, personalization, and dedicated representation.
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How Disability Claims Are Decided

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Disability

Disability is defined by the Social Security Administration (SSA) as the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of a medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of no less than 12 months. Social Security awards monthly payments, as well as retroactive payments, to those individuals who are unable to work or who have been diagnosed with a chronic illness or impairment which keeps them from working. There are two different types of disability claims, and it is important to understand these two types, as it can be important to those who qualify for both.

Understanding Disability or Title II Benefits

Disability payments are awarded to individuals who have an impairment or disability lasting at least 12 months in duration and which preclude them from any employment in the national economy. These payments may be awarded retroactively and allow the individual receiving the benefits to apply AFTER the date they become disabled. You must be able to prove this impairment with medical records from your physicians in order to qualify. Qualifying for disability depends on how many work credits your have earned and how much money you have paid into the Social Security system. You will also be eligible for Medicare following the 24 month wait period between qualification of disability.

Understanding Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Title XVI Benefits

Supplemental Security Income is based on whether you are deemed medically disabled and is also decided on the amount of income you have. Some may deem this the “welfare of disability,” however there are strict guidelines to qualifying for this particular benefit which also comes with automatic qualification for Medicaid. SSI benefits cannot be awarded retroactively—meaning you are not entitled to benefits prior to your application date. This is the largest difference between Title II disability benefits. You must still prove that you have been and/or are disabled for at least 12 months and must do this by submitting sufficient and credible medical evidence.

Medical Evidence is Crucial to Any Disability Claim

Many claimants allege they are unable to work but are unable to prove a disability due to insufficient evidence which is the main reason why their claims are denied. In order to prove a disability is present, it is imperative to have consistent medical treatment as well as supportive evidence which proves you have a disability which will preclude you from working for at least 12 months.

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