Bland, Virginia Social Security Disability Lawyer

Bland, Virginia Social Security Disability LawyerIf a debilitating injury or illness makes it impossible to for you to work, you can apply for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (“SSA”).  Over ten million people collect benefits each month, many of whom rely on this compensation as a primary source of income.

At our firm, we help clients get the social security benefits to which they are entitled.  We help those who are disabled file a claim for benefits, and represent through the appeals process those who have had a claim denied.  With significant experience in helping clients file for benefits over years of social security benefit representation, we know the types of matters that often lead to claims being rejected, and with this experience we can avoid many of the claim mistakes that are often made by those unfamiliar with the social security benefit process.

For What Types of Conditions are Social Security Benefits Available?

Social Security disability benefits are available for debilitating conditions such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Back or spine injuries
  • Immune system disorders
  • Kidney disease
  • Respiratory illnesses
  • Hematological disorders
  • Mental disorders
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Neurological disorders
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Malignant neoplastic disorders
  • Depression
  • Injuries from slip and fall work accidents
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

This is only a partial list of conditions for which social security benefits are available; in general, any condition or injury that renders a person unable to work may result in social security benefits being available.

To be considered disabled, a person must not be able to engage in substantial gainful activity as a result of a physical or mental disability which:

  • Resulted or is expected to result in death; or
  • Lasts for more than one year.

If you have sustained an injury or suffered from a condition which prevents you from working and is not likely to improve so that you can work again, it will be to your advantage to contact a social security benefits attorney as soon as possible so that you can file a claim and begin collecting compensation as soon as allowed under the social security regulations.

How is Social Security Benefit Eligibility Determined?

When making a disability determination, the SSA utilizes a five-step analysis:

  • Can you work? If you work and earn more than $1,220 per month in income, you are generally not considered disabled.
  • Is your condition severe? You condition must hinder you from accomplishing basic functions such as walking or sitting.
  • Is your condition on the SSA disability list? The SSA publishes a catalog of medical conditions that are considered serious enough to prevent individuals from performing substantial gainful activity. To the extent that your condition is included in this list, it will be much easier to have a claim accepted (assuming that the required medical documentation is provided).
  • Can you return to work? To be considered disabled, you must be unable to perform tasks that you could previously accomplish.
  • Is there any work that you can perform? If your disability does not impair you from performing other types of work, you may be denied benefits.[1] It is important to understand that simply being unable to perform your previous job will not necessarily qualify you for benefits; the social security administration will want to know if you can gainfully work.

The overwhelming majority of initial Social Security disability claims are denied, [2] often because an individual has failed to accumulate enough medical documentation to clearly demonstrate the extent of their injury or illness.

Determining whether you qualify, what documentation is needed, and applying or appealing for benefits can be difficult due to the SSA’s strict requirements and guidelines.  As an injury attorney for three decades, experienced Bland, Virginia Social Security disability lawyer Mark Hurt can review your case, helping you file your claim, and represent you if you have already received a claim denial.

What are Social Security Disability Benefits?

For approximately 215,000 disabled Virginians and their families,[3] the SSA offers five types of disability benefits:

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”). Disability insurance benefits are available to individuals who have worked enough to be insured under the program.  Currently, the maximum benefit for 2019 is $2,861 per month.[4]
  • Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”). SSI is a need-based benefit offered to poor and disabled people who have less than $2,000 ($3,000 for a couple) in assets.  In some cases, SSI can be collected concurrently with SSDI.[5]
  • Disabled Adult Child Benefits. Children who are disabled before the age of twenty-two and have a parent who is deceased, disabled, or retired under Social Security may be eligible for these benefits.
  • SSI Disability Benefits for Children. These benefits are available to disabled children under the age of eighteen.
  • Widow/Widowers Disability Benefits. Disability benefits are paid to over five million widows and widowers each month.  Eligible individuals can begin receiving benefits as early as fifty years old.

How Does the SSDI or SSI Application Process Work?

A claim must be filed with the SSA to initiate the disability benefit process.  A disability examiner at the Disability Determination Service (DDS) will evaluate the claim and decide whether to approve benefits.

If your application is denied, you can file for a reconsideration.  Your claim will be assigned to a different examiner who was not involved in the original determination who will make a secondary determination.

If the reconsideration does not overturn the denial, you have sixty days to appeal the decision and request a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).  The ALJ will evaluate your claim, evidence, and testimony and then will make a final benefit determination.

The appeals process can be tedious and frustrating for those who are unfamiliar with the process.  As an experienced Social Security disability lawyer serving clients in Bland and the surrounding communities, attorney Mark Hunt has helped numerous clients successfully appeal SSA denials to receive the benefits they deserved.  If you have been denied disability compensation, we would look forward to putting our experience to work for you in seeking to secure benefits as soon as possible.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Social Security Disability Lawyer?

Many disabled clients do not have the means to cover basic healthcare costs when they first consult with us, much less pay legal fees.  The good news is that representation for social security benefits – both for the initial application and for appeals of a denial of benefits – is done on contingency fee basis.  This percentage is typically equal to 25% of the “back pay” (pay that will be due immediately if the claim is approved), and this amount is subject to a maximum limit of $6,000.  There is no fee awarded for future compensation that is not yet due. There also is no fee if you are not awarded disability benefits.[6]

Prior to commencing representation, we will provide a fee agreement that details all costs associated with the engagement and will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Call Today to Schedule a Free Social Security Disability Consultation!

Social Security Disability Lawyer Mark Hurt has been serving injured clients in the Bland and other communities for thirty years, and he has helped countless clients secure full compensation.  Call to schedule a free consultation to find out how Mark can help you.

 


[1] Benefits Planner: Disability |How You Qualify, Social Security Administration, https://www.ssa.gov/planners/disability/qualify.html.

[2] Outcomes of Applications for Disability Benefits, Social Security Administration, https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/di_asr/2018/sect04.pdf.

[3] Annual Statistical Report on The Social Security Disability Insurance Program, Social Security Administration (2018), https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/ssi_asr/2018/ssi_asr18.pdf. (4.3% of the almost 5 million Virginia residents collect SSDI).

  Typically, a person must accumulate 40 credits to qualify and must earn 20 of these credits within 10 years prior to the disability date.

[5] 2019 Red Book, Social Security Administration, https://www.ssa.gov/redbook/eng/supportsexample.htm.

[6] If we are successful,   ordinarily, the SSA will pay the fee directly to our firm, but you will be responsible for minor expenses, such as the cost to obtain medical records.  While the above fee explanation is generally applicable to most matters, there are certain cases when other fees may be applicable; we will explain and provide a full fee explanation in our retention agreement.

What Our Clients Say

I'm an out of state driver who received a speeding ticket in smyth county. Mark Hurt Law firm helped me get the charge completely dismissed at a very affordable cost! Great Firm , highly recommend!
Luke Robinson
Luke Robinson
21:48 22 Apr 21
A very professional team who understands the stress of being in an accident. Our paralegal, Courtney Cormier, made us always feel as if things were being taken care of and it was nice to be worry free.
Kristina Murray
Kristina Murray
18:29 03 Mar 21
Diana Phipps
Diana Phipps
13:46 03 Mar 21
After my car accident, Mr. Hurt and his team worked very diligently to get me a fair settlement. Courtney Cormier, a paralegal on the team, was an invaluable asset to me. She always kept me informed of everything that was happening. I couldn't have had a better experience.
Caleb & Kristina Murray
Caleb & Kristina Murray
21:54 22 Feb 21
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Country living woman Mountains
05:52 22 Dec 20
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Lucas Green
Lucas Green
18:06 06 Dec 20
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James Smith
James Smith
06:57 05 Dec 20
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Al Fortunatti
Al Fortunatti
00:47 07 Nov 20
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Samantha Mays
Samantha Mays
21:28 06 Nov 20
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SCTC-Kimberly Dickey
SCTC-Kimberly Dickey
17:16 27 Oct 20
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Benjamin Smith
Benjamin Smith
18:34 22 Oct 20
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Davina Waller
Davina Waller
16:41 22 Oct 20
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Chris Sanders
Chris Sanders
16:56 21 Oct 20
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Shannon Hanes
Shannon Hanes
16:26 21 Oct 20
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Mary Ellen Fennell
Mary Ellen Fennell
22:54 20 Oct 20
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Cristina Marie
Cristina Marie
16:33 15 Oct 20
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15:25 03 Oct 20
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Brittany Gobble
Brittany Gobble
17:35 29 Sep 20
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Bodie Breitbach
Bodie Breitbach
15:49 21 Sep 20
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Tony Statzer
Tony Statzer
14:41 17 Sep 20
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Marqus Keith
Marqus Keith
14:54 15 Sep 20
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Catina Ratliff
Catina Ratliff
17:51 05 Sep 20
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Danny Kiser
Danny Kiser
18:34 31 Aug 20
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C.Y. Kuan
C.Y. Kuan
01:07 23 Aug 20
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Nomadic Wolf
Nomadic Wolf
21:06 21 Aug 20
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David Harden
David Harden
21:17 20 Aug 20
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jose feliz
22:14 18 Aug 20
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23:12 15 Aug 20
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Christy Statzer
Christy Statzer
02:52 11 Aug 20
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Jessica Ann Roberts
Jessica Ann Roberts
20:10 30 Jul 20
I called seeking help with a traffic ticket I received. I spoke to the legal assistant, Ashley and she was very helpful.
Nathan
Nathan
13:54 30 Jul 20
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Branden Lewis
Branden Lewis
15:24 21 Jul 20
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Haley Walser
Haley Walser
23:22 20 Jul 20
Great experience with Courtney Cormier! Thanks for the professional help!
Alisha Fagan
Alisha Fagan
16:26 20 Jul 20
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Abdullah Shaikh
Abdullah Shaikh
14:56 16 Jul 20
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Heather Foster
Heather Foster
21:53 15 Jul 20
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Duane Cormier
Duane Cormier
17:25 15 Jul 20
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Kara Ginter-Hensley
Kara Ginter-Hensley
21:41 14 Jul 20
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Braden Alexander
Braden Alexander
19:28 14 Jul 20
They are very professional, and respectful with everybody, including one of his employees, Rafael
Flavia Oliver
Flavia Oliver
17:01 14 Jul 20
The personnel who work here are constiment professionals. Rhonda Hurt kept me abreast of all proceedings and changes without the need for me to follow up, allowing me to maintain a piece of mind knowing that the Law Offices of Mark T Hurt were on the job (Rhonda kept me up to date through text and e-mail).During the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak all court dates were changed. I received a personalized letter from Mark assuring me that he and his team was on the job and was going to see my case through to the end while keeping me looped in.Thank you for all your help and persistence to see the great outcome I received.I highly recommend anyone to use the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt for their issues!
Jon H
Jon H
11:34 13 Jul 20
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Frederick Baker II
Frederick Baker II
05:13 26 Jun 20
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Jonathan Mora
Jonathan Mora
19:13 04 May 20