In order to ensure a quality life and income for those who have become disabled during their working years, our government has established the US Social Security Administration (the “SSA”). Among other duties, the SSA is required to oversee the regulatory framework and distribution of disability benefits to those who are both eligible and to those who properly submit the applicable forms showing that the required standards of disability have been met. For those seeking disability benefits, it’s important to understand that not only must they meet the medical and other eligibility requirements, they must also submit all required information to prove benefit eligibility.
At our firm, we help those who are eligible through both preparing and submitting the required claim forms and application, as well as in the appeals process for those who have initially been denied benefits. We work with physicians and medical providers to obtain the required medical documentation that is typically needed in order to obtain an award for benefits.
We invite you to call us today for a free consultation and to learn how we can help you or a loved one in seeking disability benefits which are due. In the interim, this page provides additional information about the social security disability process and answers questions that are often asked by those seeking such benefits.
Preparing the Initial Application for Benefits for Richlands Residents
The initial application process can be somewhat confusing for those who have never had to go through the benefits submission process before. In particular, obtaining all required medical information from physicians in order to meet and prove the required standards of disability can be onerous.
As experienced social security benefits lawyers serving Richlands and the surrounding communities, we understand the complex application process. With our experience, our objective is to obtain benefits for our clients as quickly as possible, and to avoid the initial rejections, delays, and appeals that can result with incomplete submissions, or submissions that do not provide the level of proof and detail required by the government in order to award disability benefits.
Representing Richlands Clients in Appeals for Social Security Benefits
In addition to assisting with the initial preparation of the benefits application, we also represent clients in the appeals process. This process involves representation of clients in administrative hearings, which are similar to court proceedings but somewhat less formal.
In the administrative hearings, typically the main dispute revolves around the extent and permanency of the disability, and showing medical evidence and testimony concerning these matters. As experienced litigators both in administrative hearings and in court, we know and understand well the level of proof that must be shown to prevail. Firm founder and attorney Mark Hurt, a Duke Law School graduate, has been representing clients for nearly 30 years, and has argued twice before our nation’s top court – The United States Supreme Court.
Learn About the Benefits to Which You May Be Entitled
There are two types of Social Security benefits to which those who are disabled may be entitled to – Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, and Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) benefits. SSDI benefits are based upon the working history of a disabled applicant and the amount of money that the applicant may have paid into the system. There is no needs-based requirements for SSDI benefits.
SSI benefits, on the other hand, are needs-based. As a result, there will be additional matters that must be proven in the application process or in an appeal to show if the claimant qualifies for these benefits.
How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Social Security Benefits Lawyer in Virginia?
We represent clients in social security benefits matters based on a contingency fee, which is equal to 25% of the amount received for back pay (the pay that is already due to a claimant). This fee is generally capped under social security regulations at $6,000; however, there are some exceptions to this maximum amount.
Because we represent clients on a contingency fee basis, there is no fee for us if we are not successful in obtaining compensation. If an award for compensation is made, our fee is typically paid to our firm directly by the Social Security Administration.
As a client, you will be responsible for paying expenses, such as any cost that may be required to obtain medical records. These matters and other aspects of our fees and costs are described in our fee agreement (which solely governs our representation with respect to these matters). At the outset of our engagement, we can explain these matters, and also answer any questions that you may have.
We Look Forward to Learning About Your Situation and Answering Your Questions
We invite you to call us today to schedule your free consultation.