Cave Spring, VA SSD Lawyer and Disability Benefits Attorney for Applications & Appeals 

Cave Spring, VA SSDLiving with a disabling injury, illness, or disease is challenging. When a person can no longer work, living with a disabling condition is compounded by the lack of income, which can make it difficult (or even impossible) to afford even the necessities.  In situations such as these, Social Security Disability (SSD) payments are vitally important, as benefits can help compensate for lost wages and provide much needed financial support.

At the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, we’re here to lessen the financial burden by helping those who are disabled with the process of obtaining the SSD benefits that they need and deserve.

For those who are in the process of making the initial application, we can explain the process and prepare the application so that the Social Security Administration can make a qualification determination.  For those who have received a denial, we provide representation in the reconsideration/appeals process.

It’s important to understand that preparing the application and complying with the required documentation can be complex.  Most claimants who apply without obtaining legal counsel and who do not have a full understanding of the documentation and paperwork required to substantiate a claim are usually denied benefits.  Often, this is a result of minor application errors or a lack of sufficient medical documentation, even when a qualifying disability exists.

When a claim is denied – even if the denial is due to a small technicality – there will typically be months of delay.  The SSA does not allow an applicant to simply make a small correction (such as to provide additional documentation), and then quickly approve a claim.  Instead, after a claim is denied, the applicant must go through an often lengthy reconsideration/appeals process.

We advise clients on the law and assist in obtaining relevant documentation from physicians to prove claims.  If benefits are denied, we can explain the appeals process, timely file an appeal, and fight tenaciously in seeking to get all benefits that are rightfully deserved.

Attorney fees for representation in a Social Security claim must be approved by the SSA, and are typically paid by the SSA directly to the attorney.  Fees are only awarded if benefits are obtained, and, by law, attorney fees are normally capped at 25% of the back pay amount or $6,000, whichever amount is less.

There are no attorneys’ fees for future payments that are not yet due.  Instead, fees are only applicable on what is known as the “back pay” – the amount of past benefits due when the award for benefits is made.  As a result, legal fees will be limited (more so for representation in an initial application, as the time period for back pay will typically be only a matter of months).    And, as always, our initial consultation is free.  

With no upfront fees and a complimentary consultation, call today to schedule a free claim evaluation so that we can begin helping you through the process of seeking to obtain disability benefits 

What is Social Security Disability (SSD)?

Social Security Disability Insurance assists those who are disabled and unable to work and who have a qualifying employment history.  To be eligible, applicants must have a sufficient amount of work credits.  Up to four credits can be earned each year that an individual works and pays Social Security taxes.  The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires that quarterly taxes be paid a total of twenty out of the last forty quarters from the date of an application.  Typically, this equates to a total of 40 credits, 20 of which must have been earned within ten years before the disability.   

In addition to having enough work credits, the debilitating condition must be severe and prevent an individual from working for at least twelve months.  As long as a qualifying disability exists, and a person is unable to work, they remain eligible for benefits. 

Is There an Age Limit for Social Security Disability?

Applicants cannot collect both SSD and Social Security Retirement (SSR) benefits at the same time; thus, a claimant must typically be between the ages of 18 and 65 years old to be eligible for payments.

While those over the age of 65 are typically not eligible for SSD, there is an exception; however, it can be an uphill battle to obtain benefits.  If an elderly individual is not drawing SSR and is unable to continue working because of a disability, it is possible to receive disability payments.  However, extra consideration will be given.  For instance, a claims examiner or Administrative Law Judge must carefully review medical records to determine if the condition is attributable to age or a qualifying disability.  If the inability to work is due to age, they may be ineligible.

If you are unable to work because of a medical condition and are over age 65, you should consult with our experienced Cave Spring SSD attorney Mark Hurt.  You may qualify for disability benefits so that you will not have to retire earlier than anticipated.  

How Long Do I Have to Wait for an SSD Decision?

The wait times for every case in Virginia are different.  After filing an initial application, it typically takes four to six months for a decision.  If approved, benefits will commence within thirty to sixty days.

If denied, a reconsideration (the first level of the appeals process) will be required.  At this stage, it can take another four to six months to receive a decision.  Finally, if an unfavorable determination is made at the reconsideration level, it will be necessary to appeal to an Administrative Law Judge for a hearing.

It can take over a year for a hearing.  Fortunately, if benefits are awarded, SSD back pay will be paid for most of the wait time in the first benefit check.

Because each level of the process can be time consuming, it is beneficial for applicants to secure an approval at the initial application or reconsideration level.  As an attorney with over thirty years of legal experience, Mark Hurt understands what level of proof is typically required for an award.  Call our firm to learn how we can assist in seeking to secure benefits for you as quickly as possible.

What Are the Steps of the SSD Application Process?

The following are the steps of the SSD application process (if you secure an approval, it is not necessary to engage in any additional steps):

  • Initial Application. The Disability Determination Services (DDS) reviews the initial application and supporting documentation to determine if a qualifying disability exists.  Approximately 70% of initial claims are denied. 

As a result of the high denial rate (which is higher when an attorney is not retained), individuals who are applying for social security benefits are strongly encouraged to retain an experienced social security disability lawyer at the outset.  Attorney fees will be much less than if an attorney is retained at the reconsideration/appeals stage, and applicants receiving an award as part of the initial filings stage will receive benefits significantly sooner than if a reconsideration/appeal is required.

  • Reconsideration. If the initial application is denied, the decision can be appealed within sixty days from the date listed on the top of a denial notification.  A second examiner will review the application and render an independent decision.
  • Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Hearing. If a request for reconsideration is turned down, an applicant has sixty days from the denial to request an appeal hearing.  Much like a trial, evidence can be presented, and experts will testify before an Administrative Law Judge, who will make an eligibility determination.
  • Appeals Council. If an ALJ denies a claim, the decision can be appealed to an Appeals Council (AC).  If the AC decides to review a claim (it has the option to refuse to hear a case), a determination could take an additional year to receive.
  • Federal Appeal. If all other appeal options are exhausted, a denial can be appealed in federal court, which typically takes roughly eight months from the date of the filing.

Hiring an experienced attorney has been shown to increase an applicant’s chances of success threefold.  If you are denied benefits, do not delay in calling our office, as you normally will have only sixty days to file an appeal.  We can timely file appeal paperwork, assemble documentation, and fight tenaciously in a hearing (if needed) in seeking to get you the maximum benefits possible.

Is an SSD Lawyer Expensive?

At the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, you will only pay a fee if we are successful in obtaining disability benefits.  Thus, you will not have to worry about paying any upfront, out-of-pocket expenses (outside of potentially paying to get a copy of your medical records).  Further, fees are typically paid to our firm directly by the SSA, meaning that you will not have to hassle with calculations or writing a check.

Do I Need an SSD Lawyer?

You do not need a lawyer for the Social Security Disability process.  Nonetheless, having a lawyer by your side can be extremely helpful and increase your chances of receiving an approval.

It is easy to make mistakes when filling out the initial SSD application, and the first step requires lengthy paperwork, extensive documentation, and medical records.  At the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, we can assist in helping you avoid making costly mistakes to increase the odds of having an initial application approved.  If you are denied benefits, we can help you timely appeal so that you will not miss any opportunity to obtain much-needed disability payments.  The faster you call to schedule a free consultation, the quicker you may be able to begin collecting benefits.

Client Review

“Great job of communicating throughout the entire process. Rhonda and staff were very professional, with great knowledge, and results.They were able to get my speeding ticket completely dismissed.”

Kendrick Wiggins
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What Our Clients Say

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
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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
They are here to help you out and take care of your needs. I would recommend them for sure.
Dusty Kimber
Dusty Kimber
22:43 02 Apr 20
Great job of communicating throughout the entire process. Rhonda and staff were very professional, with great knowledge, and results.They were able to get my speeding ticket completely dismissed.
Kendrick Wiggins
Kendrick Wiggins
20:03 02 Apr 20