Galax, VA SSD Lawyer for Social Security Disability Applications & Appeals 

Galax, VA SSD LawyerSocial Security Disability (SSD) income can be a critical safety net for disabled individuals who have a physical or mental injury, illness, or condition that prevents them from working.  For workers who meet the work and other requirements established by the Social Security Administration (SSA), disability benefits include monthly income checks that continue so long as a disabling condition persists, up until retirement age (when retirement benefits will begin).

Most Social Security Benefit Claims Initially Are Denied

The SSA has strict requirements concerning approval of SSD claims, and unless all requirements are met, a claim must be denied, even if it appears that the applicant meets the medical qualifications for being considered disabled.  As a result, over 70% of initial claims are rejected.

In most cases, benefits would have been awarded if the applicant had provided all of the proper information.  Because of the SSA rules, however, when an application is denied, an applicant must go through an appeals process that can be lengthy, even if the reason for denial is a small technical matter.

As Galax Virginia SSD lawyers and social security attorneys, we are experienced in preparing and filing claims, and know how to present the requisite information that is usually required by the SSA.  With this knowledge, we have a much higher approval rate than applicants who choose to submit a claim without legal counsel.

Firm founding attorney Mark Hurt can assist in preparing the paperwork and documentation for the initial application, and if your claim has previously been denied, he can represent you in a reconsideration and an appeal hearing (if one is necessary).  Our team can also work with medical experts who can document your condition and offer testimony on your behalf.

Call Us for a Free Consultation and Learn How We Can Help

If you have questions concerning qualifying for benefits, whether you can return to work, appeal options, or the general application process, we invite you to call our office to schedule a free consultation.  If we represent you, we will only charge a fee if you win your SSD case.  Our fee is typically capped at 25% of the backpay amount or $6,000, whichever is less (we are not entitled to any fee for future benefit payments which are not yet due).

Because Our Fee is Relatively Low for Initial Filings, We Encourage All Applicants to Contact Us at the Outset of their Disability

When a person first becomes disabled, because of the waiting period, their “back pay” will be very limited.  Our fee, if a claim is successful, will only be 25% of that back pay.  And, if we are successful in the initial application, an applicant normally will begin to receive SSD income and benefits in a number of months after the application has been filed.

Conversely, if an applicant files a claim on their own, their claim is much more likely statistically to be denied.  If that happens, not only will the applicant normally be in financial hardship as a result of not receiving any pay for a number of months from not working, but the additional delay of many more months with no income will significantly increase their financial burden, often resulting in having to rely on high interest credit cards in order to get by.  

How Is Eligibility for Social Security Disability Determined?

The Social Security Administration will consider your age, education, past work history, and medical condition when making an eligibility determination.  To qualify, applicants must prove that they are (or expect to be) disabled from all employment for a minimum of one year, or that their condition is expected to result in death.  Additionally, claimants must also have paid into the Social Security system for a sufficient amount of time during their careers (we can advise you of these requirements concerning your situation).

Applications are reviewed through the local Social Security Administration and state Disability Determination Services, and can be submitted by mail, telephone, or online.  While Galax does not have a field office, an application can be filed in-person at the following nearby location:

Social Security Office
130 Withers Lane
Virginia, Wytheville, 24382

The application process can take a significant amount of time; thus, it is vital to file for benefits as soon as a disability arises.  It is critical to provide accurate information regarding the date of disability, as even small errors or discrepancies can result in a denial.  Additionally, the names and addresses of all physicians must be provided so that the SSA can acquire medical records and evaluate the extent of a condition. 

How Much Does Social Security Disability (SSD) Pay?

Disability payments are unique for every individual.  If eligible for benefits, the amount of the SSD payments will depend on an individual’s average lifetime earnings before the disability began, not on the severity of the condition or financial need.  In 2020, the maximum benefit is $3,011 per month; however, most recipients receive a monthly benefit between $800 and $1,800.

Social Security bases disability benefits on the amount of income that is paid into the Social Security Disability Insurance program (referred to as “covered earnings”).  When assessing disability amounts, a complicated equation (involving many different calculations and figures) is used.  Because of the complexity of the formula, most individuals have difficulty determining the potential monthly amount they may collect.

If you would like to learn more about the benefits to which you may be entitled, call our office to schedule a free consultation.  We can evaluate your work history and documentation to help in determining how much you may potentially receive.

If Your Application is Denied, SSD Attorney Mark Hurt Can Help You Through the Appeals Process

If your application is denied, you should promptly notify our firm so that an appeal, called a “Request for Reconsideration,” can be timely filed.  During a reconsideration, the SSA will take a second look at eligibility for disability benefits, and additional evidence may be presented to substantiate a claim further.  If a denial is issued at this stage, we can assist in filing a request for a hearing, which must be submitted within sixty days of receipt of a notice of denial.  There are some situations in which this time period may be extended, in general the Request for Reconsideration should always be filed within the 60 day period unless an applicant is physically not able to do so. 

At a hearing, applicants are required to appear and testify before an Administration Law Judge who will render a decision on benefits.  Much like a traditional court hearing, evidence can be presented, and witnesses can testify on a claimant’s behalf.

Statistically, having an experienced attorney by your side can significantly increase your chances of receiving an approval.  Galax Social Security Disability attorney Mark Hurt has been through the disability appeals process and understands what is needed to secure approval.  If you would like to file an appeal, we can help you through the process and tenaciously fight in seeking to obtain the full benefits to which you are rightfully entitled. 

Is There a Waiting Period to Get SSD Benefits?

Once approved, benefits typically begin within thirty to sixty days.  However, if an individual is collecting workers’ compensation or long-term disability, it may take longer, as the SSA must calculate any potential offset of benefits.

If a claim is denied and an appeal is necessary, it can take months or even years to secure an approval.  Therefore, it is essential for a claimant to speak with an attorney as soon as possible, so that the appeals process can be started immediately.

The disability claims process can be complex and confusing.  At The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, we can explain the survivor benefits to which you may be entitled and help you timely submit all required paperwork. 

Do I Need a Lawyer to Apply for Social Security Disability?

While it is not mandatory to hire an attorney, it recommended as a way to increase your odds of securing a favorable disability determination.  Statistically speaking, an individual who is represented by counsel is three times more likely to be awarded benefits over an unrepresented applicant.

With over three decades of legal experience, Mark Hurt can assist in compiling critical medical documentation and in preparing an initial application.  He can also provide compelling legal arguments before an Administrative Law Judge if an appeal hearing is necessary.

Contact us at 276-623-0808 to schedule a free consultation to learn how we can help with your SSD claim.

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“Ashley was amazing to work with. She has great people skills and I would recommend anyone to this law firm because of my experience”

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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
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
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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!
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Moody Witoutcoffee
03:56 09 Oct 20
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Rafael Oliveira
11:13 06 Oct 20
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Lindaura Williams
23:47 05 Oct 20
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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