Botetourt County, VA SSD Lawyer & Social Security Benefits Attorney

Botetourt County, VA SSD Lawyer We Represent Clients in Obtaining the Social Security Disability Income Benefits to Which They are Entitled 

Over two hundred thousand Virginia residents suffer from illnesses and injuries that leave them unable to work and in serious need of Social Security Disability (SSD) income benefits.[1]  At The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, we see many clients who are unable to pay bills and are being harassed constantly by bill collectors who do not understand (or care) that they have a debilitating condition and are unable to work.  Many need assistance navigating the complicated SSD system or have had their benefits applications denied.  If you or a loved one are in a similar circumstance, we would like to help!

Call our office to schedule a free consultation.  Firm founding attorney Mark Hurt can:

  • Evaluate your claim;
  • Explain your options;
  • Help ensure that eligibility requirements are met;
  • File an initial application for benefits;
  • Complete forms for an SSD claim;
  • Obtain status updates from the Disability Determination Service;
  • Compile medical evidence from physicians and healthcare providers to substantiate a disability claim.

If your claim has been denied Mark Hurt can file an appeal for Reconsideration and represent you in an appeal hearing in seeking to obtain for you the full benefits to which you may be entitled.

25% Contingency Fee Representation on Back Pay Only

At The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, we understand the financial strain that having a disability can cause, which is why we only are entitled to a fee if we obtain benefits for clients.  In general, if compensation is secured, in most instances our fee will be equal to 25% of the back-pay amount or $6,000, whichever is less.  We do not receive any fee based upon future income payments which do not arise or become due after the initial payment is made.

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Why is it Critical to Hire an Experienced Social Security Disability Benefits Lawyer at the Outset of a Claim? 

For those who are no longer able to work, it’s important to understand:

  • About 70% of Social Security Disability Claims are Initial Denied. Most denials are not due to the lack of a claimant being disabled, but because the application and supporting documentation are deficient.
  • Claims filed by experienced SSD lawyers have an approval rate of about three times that of claims filed by those who don’t use lawyers.
  • When a claim is not approved, it can take months or longer to get through the reconsideration/appeals process. If a claim is lacking the appropriate supporting documentation, it is not simply the case that an applicant can send in the missing information and get the claim approved.  Instead, there will be a reconsideration/appeals process, which will result in a significant delay compared to the claim being approved at the outset. 

Do I Have to Hire A Lawyer in Order File for Social Security Disability Income Benefits? 

The SSA does not require that a lawyer be used as part of the filing process for social security disability benefits.  For those applying for disability benefits, it’s important to realize that less than 30% of initial applications are accepted.  Having an experienced social security benefits lawyer on your side can mean the difference between approval of the initial claim or months of delay having to go through the reconsideration/appeals process.

Many people assume that the SSD application process is as simple as completing a few forms.  Unfortunately, this is not reality.  The initial application process requires extensive paperwork, substantial medical records, employment history documentation, and other personal information.  Further, the SSA has strict filing requirements, and even minor errors or omissions will result in a denial of benefits.  Overall, the process is extremely complicated, which is why such a high percentage of initial applications are denied.

For over three decades, Mark Hurt has been representing clients; he serves those in Botetourt County and the surrounding communities, including Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Roanoke, Craig, Bedford, and Franklin, and throughout Southwest Virginia.  As an experienced social security benefits lawyer, he knows the Social Security review process and the rules governing eligibility.  If you would like to apply for benefits, Mark and our team can assist in compiling the necessary documentation and review your initial application to identify inconsistencies or missing elements that are critical to proving a disability.    

What Conditions Automatically Qualify for Disability?

The SSA maintains a “Blue Book” that lists numerous impairments that automatically qualify as a disability, such as quadriplegia.  The Blue Book is a state-governed manual that is overseen by the Disability Determination Services.  It determines whether a person meets the requirements for total disability.

While the conditions listed in the Blue Book will qualify an individual as being disabled, it is still possible to be eligible for benefits with an unlisted condition.  If an individual has a debilitating injury, illness, or disease that is as severe as one of the impairments on the list, SSD benefits may be awarded.

Can I Go Back to Work After Getting on Disability?

The SSA allows for some flexibility in making minimal earnings while on disability.  Currently, a claimant who is on disability could work and earn a maximum of $1,2670 per month.  However, the administration considers it to be substantial gainful activity if this amount is exceeded.

Individuals are permitted nine months of earnings or approximately $1,200 without any effect on their monthly benefits.  However, if this time is exceeded, entitlement to benefits can be suspended, or in some cases, terminated entirely. 

Will I Get Less Disability Benefits if I am on Workers’ Compensation?

SSD benefits may be reduced if an individual is collecting workers’ compensation.  This offset applies only when the cumulative total of workers’ compensation and SSD benefits exceed 80% of an individual’s pre-disability “average current earnings.”

The SSA rules allow for several opportunities to minimize the amount of payments subject to the offset.  For example, certain expenses such as dependent costs, rehabilitation bills, and medical expenses are excluded from workers’ compensation settlement amounts.  Alternatively, a person can opt to receive a lump-sum worker’s comp settlement in payments spread out over the rest of their life.  This method can significantly decrease the offset or even eliminate it.

The offset rules can be exceedingly difficult to calculate and understand, which is why it is vital to consult with an attorney who is familiar with the process.  At The Law Firm of Mark T. Hurt, we can evaluate your workers’ compensation settlement and provide advice on ways to potentially avoid an SSD benefit reduction.   

How Long Do I Have to Wait to Get Disability Benefits?

Wait times can vary extensively, depending on when approval is obtained.   It can take up to six months for an examiner to review an initial application.  If an approval is issued, benefits are typically awarded within sixty days.

When an initial application is denied, a reconsideration can be requested within 60 days of the denial.  This secondary review usually takes an additional six months.

If a denial is issued after the reconsideration, the determination can be appealed in an Administrative Law Judge hearing, which will be scheduled roughly one year out.  If the Administrative Law Judge does not issue an approval, an applicant has two final appeal options: review by the Appeals Council and a Federal Court review.  If a claim progresses to these stages, it can take several additional years to receive a final determination.

The disability application process can be lengthy and trying. As an experienced Botetourt County SSD lawyer, Mark Hurt will be there for you – whether you need representation for the initial application process, or in reconsideration/appeals.

Improve Your Chances of Obtaining Benefits – Hire The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt!

Duke law school graduate Mark Hurt has over thirty years of legal experience and has successfully represented clients before the Social Security Administration, the Virginia Court of Appeals, and Federal Court (including the United States Supreme Court).  Whether you desire to file an initial application or want to appeal a denial, Mark will advocate for you zealously in seeking to secure every benefit to which you are entitled.  Call our offices to schedule a free consultation so that we can provide you with the legal representation you need today.


[1] Social Security: 2014 Virginia Quick Facts, AARP, https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/research/surveys_statistics/general/2014/ssqf/Social-Security-2014-Virginia-Quick-Facts-AARP-res-gen.pdf (In 2012, 211,535 Virginians received Social Security Disability benefits.).

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What Our Clients Say

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
I could not be more pleased with the service I received. He is a wonderful lawyer and he gets the job done.
Country living woman Mountains
Country living woman Mountains
05:52 22 Dec 20
This law firm has great people skills and are very professional and efficient I would definitely recommend anyone to this law firm.
Lucas Green
Lucas Green
18:06 06 Dec 20
Courtney done a very good job with my case at the abingdon va office very quick and efficient great job highly reccomended my auto accident was in may and alreadh we have settled for maximum amount thanks so much
James Smith
James Smith
06:57 05 Dec 20
I contacted the law offices of Mark T. Hurt regarding a traffic ticket I received. Initially I was concerned because I live between Florida and New York, and with Virginia being midway, handling my ticket would be a major inconvenience, and I wanted to keep my record free of any infractions.Choosing Mark T. Hurt to represent me was the best choice I made, and it was further improved with the assistance of Rhonda, who contacted me once they received my request. Rhonda is one of those unique people who has mastered the fine line between being perfectly professional and friendly. Every conversation we had, was made to feel as if I were speaking to a close friend. One of the most appreciated aspects of working with her was her understanding and respectful of my schedule and time.For my work, I have a hectic schedule and very few free moments, so being able to handle things quickly and effectively is a priority for me, and Rhonda understood that and took care of everything as if she knew exactly what I was expecting. I even got sick while working with Rhonda, and her first comment was to wish me well. She also went out of her way to find solutions regarding my traffic citation that worked around my schedule. The price was fair, and when considering the quality of work and more importantly, the quality of people you will be reliant upon to ensure the best possible outcome for whatever your situation is, they can ask for 10x more than what I paid and it would still be worth it.All in all, recommendation for this law office, and for Rhonda herself, could not be higher. If you are searching for someone to represent you in any legal matter whatsoever, this is the office to work with. Thank you again Rhonda.
Al Fortunatti
Al Fortunatti
00:47 07 Nov 20
My lawyer Courtney in charge of my case was very professional, and very responsive to my personal injury and auto claim. She had it settled in a timely manner very polite and I would recommend this office to anyone.
Samantha Mays
Samantha Mays
21:28 06 Nov 20
I would highly recommend this law firm! Courtney helped me with my personal injury case, she answered all my questions and was always responsive throughout the entire process.She advocated for me efficiently and strived for the best possible outcome.
SCTC-Kimberly Dickey
SCTC-Kimberly Dickey
17:16 27 Oct 20
I'm not a Virgina resident and had found this firm through Google. I have a traffic violation case in tennessee and was desperate to get awnsers. This law office's staff was so helpful even though I wasn't able to even be a client, I believe the person who awnsered was Ashley. After their direction on finding another attorney and my case I was able to push my court date back and will be able to find someone to represent me.I'm not even a client, they didn't have to help me at all! I just wish they practiced in the tri cities area! Would recommend this group!
Benjamin Smith
Benjamin Smith
18:34 22 Oct 20
I contacted the affordable Law Offices of Mark T Hunt regarding a ticket I received. They requested certain documents from me, went to court on my behalf and got the ticket dismissed! The entire process was easy, fast and efficient. When I emailed or texted them their response time was impeccable!I would HIGHLY recommend them if you are looking for a professional attorney!
Davina Waller
Davina Waller
16:41 22 Oct 20
Under the circumstances that I had to have an encounter with Mr. Hurt, if I needed another team to represent me, I wouldn't hesitate for a second. The sheer communication that I had with Ashley was phenomenal. I was informed every step of the way. I was directed to each step of the process. I thoroughly enjoyed working with this law firm and would HIGHLY reccomend them. They were able to have my ticket completely dropped with no points added. Thank you all so much for all your hard work you did for me.
Chris Sanders
Chris Sanders
16:56 21 Oct 20
Mark and his team were very professional and courteous. They done a excellent job with my traffic ticket. I would highly recommend them.
Shannon Hanes
Shannon Hanes
16:26 21 Oct 20
My son got a speeding ticket in Virginia going back to school in Alabama. We contacted Mark Hurts office and they were very responsive and handled the entire situation for us.
Mary Ellen Fennell
Mary Ellen Fennell
22:54 20 Oct 20
The Law Offices of Mark Hurt made the process of dismissing my ticket so effortless! They were told me all the steps I needed to take to make Mr. Hurt’s job easier, and he was able to dismiss my ticket! I’m so thankful I used Mark Hurt to represent me in court. I would highly recommend him to anyone I know.
Cristina Marie
Cristina Marie
16:33 15 Oct 20
Friendly. Efficient. Professional.I’m thankful!
Moody Witoutcoffee
Moody Witoutcoffee
03:56 09 Oct 20
Rafael Oliveira
Rafael Oliveira
11:13 06 Oct 20
Cleber Bandi
Cleber Bandi
00:06 06 Oct 20
Lindaura Williams
Lindaura Williams
23:47 05 Oct 20
Flavia Oliver
Flavia Oliver
14:48 05 Oct 20
T. O.
T. O.
19:55 03 Oct 20
anita R Oliveira
anita R Oliveira
15:25 03 Oct 20
I highly recommend anyone to choose The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt for their issues! They were extremely nice, helpful, and professional, especially Courtney! Every question and concern was always answered. I am thankful for all their help!!
Brittany Gobble
Brittany Gobble
17:35 29 Sep 20
They were very helpful, and answered all of the questions I had, and got great results from my court hearing, I would highly recommend!
Bodie Breitbach
Bodie Breitbach
15:49 21 Sep 20
This law firm is the best of the best and Courtney was just wonderful in every aspect. Extremely helpful and answers every question and always willing to help! Mark Hurt and his crew are the best! Thank you all for helping my family in a very difficult time. Highly recommend.
Tony Statzer
Tony Statzer
14:41 17 Sep 20
Late in July I was charged with a reckless driving ticket in Greenville County, Virginia. I got caught going 83mph in a 55mph zone. It was my first offense on my driving record and I did not need a misdemeanor which could hurt my career. I was assured by Mrs Rhonda Hurt not to worry and that her team would take care of it. On my end, the only effort I put in was taking a 12 hour defensive driving course and sending her my driving record. Two months later, the result of my hearing was a reduction to a defective equipment/non driving violation with 0 points off my record. The other good part about this case was I did not have to go to court. In court fees I paid $68 and a fine of $78 for my ticket. Mrs. Rhonda and her team put together a miracle in that county and I cannot give her enough credit. I sincerely recommend this firm because I know they worked hard on my case and will do the same for you. Thank you again!
Marqus Keith
Marqus Keith
14:54 15 Sep 20
I highly recommend this law firm! Rhonda answered all my questions regarding social security questions and she put my nerves at ease! Im so thankful for her kind spirit and her honesty!
Catina Ratliff
Catina Ratliff
17:51 05 Sep 20
The law offices of mark hurt was very good to me and my family great people great service and great results courtney was our paralegal that presided over the case could not have asked for more to be done.
Danny Kiser
Danny Kiser
18:34 31 Aug 20
I got a traffic ticket while I traveled passing through VA in May.It is a big deal if you have the Law Section: 44-1/46/2-862 and speeding excess of 80 MPH in your ticket. It is a Criminal Misdemeanor Reckless Driving Charge!I saw Mark T. Hurt's Law office simple letter, I decided to give a call and get a free consultation.From the call, Rhonda provided a detail explaining the criminal charge of the Misdemeanor Reckless Driving ticket is about. She is a very caring and honest person, no sale pressure to me to take their law office at all.Once I decided to use their firm to represent me in court, it didn't take an hour, I was told totake some actions and wait for cout day to see the result. That is that simple and no worry at all. On the court date, I received text messages from lawyer's office. Guess what? The lawyer did a miraculous and fantastic job for me in the court.The Reckless Driving Misdemeanor ticket has been reduced to an Improper Driving traffic ticket.Thanks to Mark T. Hurt's Law office team! They are not only very professional and transparent but also does the best quality job you can find. I strongly recommend them to be your lawyer if you need one in VA.
C.Y. Kuan
C.Y. Kuan
01:07 23 Aug 20
Having landed a Reckless Driving (99 in a 65) on my way back to FL from WV, I came across this law firm when searching something along "best reckless driving lawyers Virginia."Mr. Hurt's firm dropped my "Criminal Misdemeanor" to an improper driving. Which from my understanding is right next to a normal speeding ticket.All expenses accounted (payment, court cost, fine), I'm out roughly $1,100 ; but I'd much rather pay that once today, than every six months to an insurance company for the next... God knows how many years. I am extremely grateful and overjoyed with my outcome.As far as speaking with the great ladies at these offices, everyone was always kind, quick, and considerate. They answered all my questions, explained all my options and possible outcomes. I had a clean record, and had now experience dealing with courts or lawyers, so their patience and knowledge was especially helpful. If I ever screw up again (I pray to God I don't) I hope it's in Virginia, so I can call upon Mr. Hurt's offices.
Nomadic Wolf
Nomadic Wolf
21:06 21 Aug 20
I would like to thank Hope for helping me get my SSDI. She was a true professional a great help with my success. great asset to the law firm and honest lady could not ask for anyone better. Thank You, David
David Harden
David Harden
21:17 20 Aug 20
I had a miracle outcome
jose feliz
jose feliz
22:14 18 Aug 20
I got stop in wyth county saw good reviews on Law of Mark, i can say i highly recomend them, got stop 79mph on a 60mph, they all i had to pay was a low amounth of $200 fine plus court cost $76 and they got me out with zero point infraction, if you looking for lawyer on traffic tickets here its the place to go with! Very professional and representatives will be there to help any time!
Brisio Gaza
Brisio Gaza
23:12 15 Aug 20
This law firm is the up most professional and highly knowledgeable in it's field of work. Courtney is awesome and a pleasure to work with she is the best at her job. We highly recommend this law firm!
Christy Statzer
Christy Statzer
02:52 11 Aug 20
Courtney Cormier and the law office, was amazing! Courtney was very efficient, timely, and responsive. I had an issue with a previous employee, but due to that, Mr. Hurt wanted to ensure that I was completely satisfied, so he made adjustments on his fee, just to make sure I was happy! You couldn't ask for a better paralegal or law office! I highly recommend this firm!
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
my Attorney Courtney Cormier was amazing and very helpful and patient with me and the case and always keep me updated on all the steps and procedures of the process i would definitely recommend her and this office they are amazing
Branden Lewis
Branden Lewis
15:24 21 Jul 20
These guys got my reckless driving charge of a 94 in 70 down to a improper driving. You won’t regret hiring them to help you out!
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
Thank you for doing the best you guys did an amazing job with my case I appreciate everyone that worked on my case I definitely recommend this law firm!!
Abdullah Shaikh
Abdullah Shaikh
14:56 16 Jul 20
Great people! Very helpful and professional.
Heather Foster
Heather Foster
21:53 15 Jul 20
Wonderful, family oriented law firm. The staff are very attentive and courteous especially Courtney. I highly recommend this legal establishment!
Duane Cormier
Duane Cormier
17:25 15 Jul 20
Amazing group of people to work with Courtney is fantasticI would highly recommend this group
Kara Ginter-Hensley
Kara Ginter-Hensley
21:41 14 Jul 20
Great firm!! Diana will walk you through everything you need to take care of a traffic ticket.
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
They are a hard working team that care about their clients.
Frederick Baker II
Frederick Baker II
05:13 26 Jun 20
Fast, professional, and friendly. One of the best we have had for our family case and would HIGHLY recommend!!
Jonathan Mora
Jonathan Mora
19:13 04 May 20
I had a summons to court for reckless driving doing 82/70, and they took care of it without a problem and got it dismissed for me! They also work with you on your payments! Rhonda is the sweetest person I’ve ever spoke too, she worked with me and helped me tremendously! I highly recommend you choose this amazing and sweet firm to help your cases! ❤️
Aleah Nicole
Aleah Nicole
13:46 11 Apr 20