VA SSD Lawyer

Virginia Social Security Disability Lawyer Virginia Social Security Disability Lawyer 

Are you suffering from a medical condition that prevents you from working?  Over 10,000,000 people in the US are incapable of making a living due to a disabling impairment and are reliant on Social Security disability assistance, many of whom are Virginia residents.[1]

If you are no longer able to work because of an injury, illness, or medical condition, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income benefits.  Unfortunately, the rules and regulations surrounding the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) disability system are complicated, and individuals often underestimate the number of requirements and paperwork involved.  This is where an experienced Virginia Social Security disability attorney can help.

At the Law Office of Mark T. Hurt, we can help navigate the complex process of obtaining disability benefits and take this burden off your shoulders.  Call our offices to schedule a free consultation to get started.  The sooner you call, the sooner you may be able to begin collecting much-needed benefits.

What Types of Disability Benefits Does the Government Offer?

The SSA oversees two disability programs that provide monthly benefits for disabled individuals who are no longer able to work: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  While both offer government assistance to the disabled, they are separate programs with different eligibility requirements.

Am I Eligible for SSDI Benefits?

To be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), a minimum number of work credits must be earned.  Up to four work credits are received every year that an individual works and pays taxes on their income.

The number of work credits needed to qualify for benefits depends upon an applicant’s age at the time of disability.  Typically, an applicant needs 40 credits, 20 of which must be earned in the ten years preceding the condition.  However, in the case of young disabled workers without extensive work histories, fewer credits are needed to qualify.

In addition to satisfying the work credit requirement, an applicant must have a medical condition that meets the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) definition of a disability.  A condition must have the following characteristics to be considered disabling:

  • Severe. The extent of the condition interferes with the ability to perform basic work-related tasks.
  • Long-Term. The condition lasts or is expected to last for at least one year.
  • Total Disability. An applicant is unable to perform “substantial gainful activity” (SGA). If an individual earns less than $1,260 per month, the SSA will find that they are unable to perform SGA.

Calculating SSDI eligibility can be difficult; as a Virginia social security disability law firm we can help you in calculating eligibility and potential benefits.  We can assess your claim, explain your options, and help you secure all benefits to which you are entitled. 

How Can I Qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

SSI provides money to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter to the aged, blind, and disabled who have little or no income.  There is no work credit requirement, but income and asset limits apply.  To be eligible, an application must:

  • Have a limited income (under $735 per month for individuals; $1,103 per month for couples); and
  • Minimal assets ($2,000 for an individual; $3,000 for a couple).[2]

How Long Does It Take to Receive Social Security Disability Benefits?

The SSA utilizes a five-step process for evaluating initial claim applications, and this generally takes 3 – 5 months to complete, assuming no issues arise that cause delays.  For both SSDI and SSI, there are exceptions to this process that can expedite approval:

  • Work status. Your claim can be rejected if you are working and earning more than $1,260 per month.[3]  If you are earning less than the specified monthly amount or not working at all, the SSA will move to the next step.
  • The severity of your condition. For a disability to be severe, it must significantly impair the ability to perform basic work activities (such as standing, walking, lifting, sitting, etc.) for a minimum of 12 months.  An individual determination by the Disability Determination Services (DDS) may be needed if the severity of the condition is unclear.
  • If your impairment is in the Blue Book of Impairments. The SSA publishes a list of disabling conditions that automatically meet the criteria for being considered a disability.  If your impairment is listed in the book, your approval can move more expeditiously, minimizing the time it will take for approval.
  • If your disability is not in the Blue Book. If the SSA does not automatically find that your condition is disabling, the DDS must establish whether your impairment prevents you from performing any of your past work.
  • Are you capable of performing other work? Even if you cannot complete your previous work, you may be ineligible for benefits if you can perform other work.  DDS considers age, education, past work experience, and specialized skills when determining whether an applicant is qualified to perform other jobs.

What Are My Chances of Being Approved for Social Security Disability?

Statistically, nearly 70% of all initial Social Security disability applications are denied. One of the reasons that this rate is so high is because those who file for claims without the assistance of an experienced social security disability attorney often make critical mistakes in not complying with all application requirements; particularly those that pertain to properly documenting disability.

Specifically, many applicants wrongly assume that because they have a condition that qualifies for benefits, the SSA will simply recognize this fact and approve their claim.  This is not the case.  The SSA operates under very strict guidelines that require rejection of an application unless all requirements are specifically met – even if it is clear that an applicant otherwise qualifies due to the nature of the disability.

The best option for most applicants will be to increase their chances of receiving a favorable determination at the outset by hiring an attorney to assist with the filing process from start-to-finish.  This is particularly the case since if an application is initially denied, many more months will go by without the critical money that would be needed while a claim goes through the appeals process.  As an experienced SSDI and SSI law firm, we can help avoid some of the common pitfalls that result in denials, potentially saving you months, or even years, in getting approved for benefits.

What Can I Do If My SSDI or SSI Claim is Denied? 

The fact that a disability claim was denied does not mean that an individual is not disabled or that they are ineligible for benefits.  Most cases are rejected for minor application errors or because there was not enough medical evidence provided to prove the case.  When this occurs, claimants should never resign themselves to giving up on a disability claim and forgo their right to benefits.  Instead, when an application is denied, the best course of action is usually to appeal within 60 days of receipt of the denial notification. The sooner the appeal is filed, the faster the SSA will have a claim reconsidered or schedule a hearing with an SSA administrative law judge.

If your Social Security disability claim has been denied, you have a right to appoint an authorized representative to help you, and the SSA will work with your representative as it would work with you.  You can select a lawyer, friend, or someone else, but it is wise to hire an attorney, as legal counsel typically has the best chances of increasing the likelihood of approval.

Whether you hire our firm or a non-lawyer representative, the amount of compensation will be the same; the SSA sets fees at 25% of your back benefits up to $6,000 (although there are some situations in which this amount may be different).  Further, we work on “contingency,” meaning that you will only pay a fee if benefits are secured.

As a result, hiring our firm at the outset of your case will be the least expensive option, since there will be less “back pay” involved.  When a case is approved, in most situations the SSA will pay our fee directly to our firm, so you likely will not even need to pay us directly.  After an award is granted and we are paid based upon the “back pay” that is due, you will be entitled to keep 100% of all future payments that become due.   

How Do I Know If I Am Eligible for SSDI or SSI Benefits? 

Once we meet with you and learn about your circumstances, we can we can evaluate your claim and explain whether you may be entitled SSDI and/or SSI benefits.  We will also  help with the application process, and appeal your case if you are denied benefits (we can also appeal your case if you previously submitted your application on your own).  Call our offices today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn how we can help you secure the full benefits you deserve.


[1] Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2016, Social Security Administration, https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/di_asr/2016/sect01.html.

[2] Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Eligibility Requirements, Social Security Administration, https://www.ssa.gov/ssi/text-eligibility-ussi.htm.

[3] This amount is recalculated yearly and is subject to change.

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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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