Roanoke SSD Lawyer

Roanoke SSD LawyerRoanoke, VA Social Security Disability Lawyer for SSD Benefits

Social Security Disability (SSD) income aids severely disabled individuals who are unable to work for at least one year.  Administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA), these benefits provide regular, monthly payments.  However, the SSD application process can be long, tedious, and complicated, leaving many applicants frustrated and without a means to afford necessities for substantial lengths of time.

Claimants must abide by strict rules and regulations set by the SSA, including the detailed requirements for proving disability.  When these requirements are not met, the SSA must deny the claim; they can’t simply request additional information.

Because of the strict criteria, over 70% of all initial applications are rejected, often for technical errors or minor deviations from the guidelines.  Requests for Reconsideration, the first level of appeal, are denied at an even higher rate of 85%.  Thus, it is vital to present a claim correctly from the outset.  An experienced Social Security Disability attorney can increase the chances of obtaining benefits by helping to avoid many of common application pitfalls.

At The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, we have been advising and representing individuals in injury matters throughout Roanoke, Virginia, and the surrounding areas for over thirty years.  As a Social Security Disability Lawyer, firm founder Mark Hurt can assess your eligibility for benefits, prepare and file an initial application, or appeal if you are denied benefits.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation Today – Learn About the Benefits to Which You May Be Entitled, and How the SSD Process Works

Call our offices at 276-623-0808 to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.  Once we learn about your case, we can explain your options and how we can help, as well as answer any questions you may have.

We represent clients on a contingency fee basis, meaning there are no upfront costs, and you will only pay a fee if you are awarded benefits.  We serve clients in Roanoke and the surrounding communities, including (but not limited to) Vinton, Cave Spring, Salem, Hollins, Catawba, Hollins, Blue Ridge, Amsterdam, Elliston, and New Castle, and throughout Southwest Virginia.

How Can I Obtain Social Security Disability Benefits? 

An applicant will be considered disabled and eligible for benefits under the SSA rules if:

  • Work that was previously performed can no longer be accomplished;
  • Other work cannot be completed because of the disabling condition; and
  • The impairment lasts or is expected to last for at least one year or result in death.

To prove these requirements, extensive medical and work history records must be submitted.  Most initial applications are denied because of a lack of medical or vocational evidence; thus, claimants need to compile as much documentation as possible.  The following steps can help in meeting the evidentiary requirements and substantiating a claim:

  • Contact employers for work records and IRS W-2s
  • Seek regular medical treatment
  • Follow all physician orders
  • See specialists (when necessary)
  • Undergo diagnostic testing (MRI, CAT scan, bloodwork, etc.)
  • Request medical records

What Should I Do If I Can’t Afford an Attorney for My Disability Claim?

When you hire our firm, you needn’t worry about how you will afford our services.  We represent clients on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we will only be entitled to a fee if benefits are obtained.  Further, our fee is only assessed on SSD back payments; consequently, you will keep 100% of any future benefits that you receive (those that arise after an award is made and which are not yet payable).

In most cases, federal law caps attorney fees at 25% of the back pay amount; thus, no matter how long it takes to handle a claim, clients do not have to worry about incurring higher bills.  This can be advantageous, especially if a lengthy appeal is needed to secure disability payments.

As an example, for clients needing assistance in filing an initial application, the “back pay” portion of an award will be limited, since there likely will not have been significant time that has elapsed from the onset of the disabling condition.  Hiring an attorney at this stage, however, can be critical in increasing the chances of getting a claim approved at the outset, as well as avoiding months (or even years) of appeals.

If you become a client of our firm, we will provide a detailed engagement letter outlining the terms of our representation and will be happy to answer any financial or nonfinancial questions that you may have.

Does My Injury, Illness, or Condition Qualify as a Disability?

The SSD maintains a listing of impairments, also known as the Blue Book, that are so severe that they automatically qualify as a disability.

The following are a few examples of the impairments that automatically qualify under the SSA Blue Book:

  • Major Dysfunction of a joint(s)
  • Spine disorders
  • Amputations
  • Fracture of an upper extremity
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Asthma
  • Chronic respiratory disorders
  • Loss of central visual acuity
  • Loss of visual efficiency
  • Loss of Speech
  • Hearing loss
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Gastrointestinal hemorrhaging and issues
  • Bowel syndrome
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Dermatitis
  • Photosensitivity disorders
  • Hormonal issues and imbalance
  • Epilepsy
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Brain tumors
  • Depressive, bipolar, and related disorders
  • Intellectual disorder
  • Cancer
  • Immune disorders

If a condition is not automatically categorized as a disability in the Blue Book, the SSA must make an individual determination as to whether the impairment is severe enough to qualify for benefits.  This can be highly subjective; thus, the extent of the condition must be adequately explained and medically documented.

Firm founding attorney Mark Hurt has over three decades of legal practice and knows how to present a compelling case.  If you have an impairment that does not automatically meet the SSA disability definition, he can thoroughly explain the extent of your injuries and zealously advocate for the full and fair benefits to which you are rightfully entitled.

Will I Lose My Social Security Disability (SSD) if I Work?

The SSA allows benefit recipients to engage in limited work.  Still, it is imperative that earnings do not exceed a certain amount set by the SSA each year, as this can result in benefit ineligibility.  If an applicant earns more than this amount, referred to as the substantial gainful activity (SGA) limit, it is assumed that considerable work can be performed.  In 2020, the monthly SGA limit is $1,260 for non-blind individuals and $2,110 for blind claimants.[3]

In addition to the amount of money earned, the SSA routinely looks at the number of hours worked.  Even if the SGA limit is not exceeded, if a significant number of shifts are worked, it can signify that an applicant is not disabled.  For instance, if a person works 30 hours per week, the SSA may determine that they are ineligible for benefits.

Because benefits can be compromised by working too much or earning more than the SGA limit, it is crucial to ensure that SSA thresholds are not exceeded.  If you intend to work part-time, it is vital that you reach out to our firm to schedule a free consultation before you begin employment, so that we can help you potentially avoid compromising disability payments. 

Are There Eligibility Requirements for SSD?

A disability alone is not enough to qualify for SSD benefits.  Applicants must also earn enough work credits during their career to be eligible for benefits.  Workers can earn up to four credits per year, depending on the amount of income received.  Each year the amount of earnings needed changes; in 2020, one credit is awarded per $1,410 earned.

Work credit eligibility requirements can vary from individual to individual, but the following is the general schedule:

  • 24 years old or younger: 6 work credits within three years before the date of disability
  • Age 24 – 30: Half the time between the age of 21 and the date of disability.  For example, if you are disabled at age 27, three years of credits are needed (12 credits)
  • Age 31 – 42: 20 credits within ten years immediately before the date of disability
  • Age 44: 22 Credits
  • Age 46: 24 Credits
  • Age 48: 26 Credits
  • Age 50: 28 Credits
  • Age 52: 30 Credits
  • Age 54: 32 Credits
  • Age 56: 34 Credits
  • Age 58: 36 Credits
  • Age 60: 38 Credits
  • Age 62 or above: 40 Credits, 20 of which must be earned within ten years immediately before the date of disability

Calculating work credits can be difficult, especially if a disability occurs at a younger age or employment records are not readily available.  At The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, we can examine your work history and help determine potential benefit eligibility.

What Can I Do If I Am Denied SSD?

If you are denied benefits, it is essential to request an appeal immediately, as there is a 60-day deadline.  A denial can be appealed at four levels:

  • Reconsideration. The initial decision will be reviewed by an independent examiner at the Virginia Disability Determination Services (DDS) bureau.  On average, the chances of approval are approximately 13%.
  • Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Hearing. An ALJ hearing is much like a traditional trial in that both sides can present additional evidence and witnesses.  Nationally, approximately 50% of all claimants will be approved.
  • Review by the Appeals Council. If denied by the ALJ, the Social Security Appeals Council will review the claim.  Chances of success are only approximately 1%.
  • Federal Court Review. If all other levels of appeal are exhausted, a denial can be appealed in federal court; however, they are seldom overturned.  [4]

Statistics show that hiring an attorney can significantly improve the chances of winning an appeal.  If you were denied benefits, Mark Hurt can evaluate your claim, help compile documentation, provide recommendations for expert witnesses, and fight at any appeal level to get you the benefits you deserve.

How Long Does an Appeal Take?

If you are denied benefits, it can take years to secure disability payments.  For example, in Roanoke, the average wait time for an ALJ hearing is 14 months, and it takes approximately 492 days to process a case.

Because of the length of time involved in appealing, it is advantageous to obtain an approval at the reconsideration or ALJ level, making it vital to secure an SSD attorney who understands what examiners and Administrative Law Judges are looking for.  If you receive a denial, contact our offices as soon as possible so that we can potentially assist in securing approval without having to exhaust all methods of appeal. 

Why Should I Hire a Roanoke Social Security Disability Attorney?

Even though you may qualify for benefits, it does not mean that you will be awarded SSD payments.  It may be necessary to enlist the services of a knowledgeable Virginia Social Security Disability attorney to improve your chances of securing benefits from the outset or winning an appeal.

At The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, we can help to ensure that documentation is completed thoroughly and that your case is presented to the SSA in the most persuasive manner possible.  If benefits are denied, we can fight tenaciously to assist in seeking to secure the full benefits to which you are entitled.  Call our offices to schedule a free consultation to learn how to get started.


[1] Disability Evaluation Under Social Security, Social Security Administration, https://www.ssa.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/AdultListings.htm.

[2] Id.

[3] Substantial Gainful Activity, Social Security Administration, https://www.ssa.gov/oact/cola/sga.html.

[4] The Appeals Process, Social Security Administration, https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10041.pdf.

[5] Virginia ODAR Offices, DisabilityJudges.com, https://www.disabilityjudges.com/state/virginia.

[6] Id.

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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
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Cleber Bandi
00:06 06 Oct 20
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Lindaura Williams
23:47 05 Oct 20
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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