The United States Social Security Administration (the “SSA) is responsible for awarding and administering social security benefits to those who are eligible and those who make a proper application for such benefits. For those who are disabled, the SSA is responsible for awarding Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI) benefits, as well as Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) benefits. The monthly SSDI benefits are based upon a worker’s work record and money paid into the social security system, while SSI benefits are needs-based.
The SSA must follow strict guidelines in making benefit awards, which means that the person seeking compensation must qualify under the medical and other benefit requirements, and the person must properly submit an application for such award (including the information required by the SSA in order to make an award determination).
Frequently, those applying for benefits are denied the benefits to which they are due because their application is deficient in some respect. In other words, while they may qualify medically for benefits based upon their condition, the required supporting documentation may be lacking (or it may not otherwise meet the requirements of the SSA). In these circumstances, the SSA must deny the application.
In addition, in some cases those applying for SSDI benefits may also be eligible for SSI benefits. As a result, it is important to understand the benefit eligibility rules so that a person can apply for the maximum benefits to which they (and possibly their family) may be entitled.
We Help Clients in Preparing Their Applications
By knowing and understanding the SSA rules and requirements, we endeavor to prepare complete applications – including the supporting medical and other documentation required – in order to put our clients in the best position possible for a prompt approval. While we cannot guaranty the SSA will approve any application, or that additional documentation will not subsequently be required or requested, we do believe that we can minimize delays and the possibility that an appeal will be necessary.
Serving the Injured and Disabled for Roanoke County
For over 25 years, our law firm has been dedicated to helping the injured and disabled obtain the benefits and compensation to which they are entitled. We do not provide “assembly-line” services. Each client that our firm represents will receive the full attention of their attorney, who will put forth a diligent effort in seeking for them the best outcome possible.
Why Hire a Social Security Disability Lawyer?
Our firm provides dedicated, meticulous representation during the administrative process and at any administrative hearings. In order to win a social security disability claim, a lawyer must understand the complex process involved and have a knowledge of current regulations and laws. Working closely with a client’s physician(s), our firm will gather the correct medical documentation that is required to prove a disability claim.
A second reason for hiring a social security disability benefits lawyer is to learn about the full range of benefits to which you and possibly your family members may be entitled. It will be in your best interest to learn about – and to apply for – all such benefits so that you can begin receiving such benefits as soon as possible.
What if your claim is denied?
If your claim is denied by the Social Security Administration, we can appeal your claim, which includes representing you in an administrative a hearing. While the appeals process sometimes can be drawn-out, our firm will do everything possible to “fast-track” the appeals process; such as requesting an on-the-record review. If we’re able to represent you at the outset of your claim, we will do everything possible towards getting your claim approved as part of the initial filling so that hopefully an appeal will not be necessary.
Our Fees for Social Security Benefit Matters
We represent clients in social security benefit matters on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we are only entitled to a percentage of the award received. This fee is equal to 25% of the amount received for back pay (there is no fee for awards for future pay), with a maximum fee of $6,000 (provided that there are a few exceptions to this maximum amount). Typically, our fee is paid to us directly by the Social Security Administration. In addition to our fee, clients are responsible for paying the costs that are incurred on their behalf, such as the expenses for obtaining medical records. Our fees and costs are described in our fee agreement (which governs our representation with respect to these matters).
Contact the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt today to see how we can help.
Once we have had a chance to learn about your situation, we can explain the best options available.
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