Social Security 101

If you are wondering if you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits (SSDI), or if you have been denied benefits and are in the process of appealing that denial, it is important to understand the Social Security Administration's process of approval. Our office can help you organize your information that will meet the Social Security Administration’s requirements and then present an accurate and compelling claim for benefits. As your attorney, I am able to provide guidance in your pursuit of disability benefits. At your initial consultation, we can answer all of your questions and address any issues or concerns you may have.
You have a right to receive benefits, if you have worked and paid into the Social Security system, and you have physical or mental condition that will prohibit you from working for one year or more.
According to the Social Security Administration, your attorney can:
• Get information from your Social Security file;
• Help you get medical records or information to support your claim;
• Come with you, or for you, to any interview, conference or hearing you have with us;
• Request a reconsideration, hearing or Appeals Council review; and
• Help you and your witnesses prepare for a hearing and questioning any witnesses; and
• Receive a copy of the decision(s) made on your claim(s).
Our office will speak with your treating physicians, collect evidence, prepare you for the hearing, and attend the hearing with you to present your case before the Social Security board. Our representation of you can increase the chance of a successful outcome.
Right now you may be wondering how much it will cost to hire an attorney.
The Social Security Administration has specific guidelines on the amount of attorney’s fees that can be charged. These fees are 25% of the amount of back benefits you are owed by the Social Security Administration, up to a maximum of $5,300; the fee is usually deducted by the Social Security Administration from your benefit check. This maximum will be increased by the Social Security Administration to $6,000 in the near future. In addition, you are responsible for medical record costs, if any.
Once you meet with our office we will be able to help you determine whether or not you meet the SSDIs definition of disability or whether or not you want to pursue an appeal. The earlier an Attorney is able to start working on your case, the better your chances of winning.