Our Virginia social security disability lawyers are dedicated to fighting for your lawful and rightful benefits that may have been wrongfully denied to you by the federal government. Sometimes, our personal injury clients are also entitled to file for disability benefits.
The federal government has passed laws that sometimes may make it difficult to win your case without an attorney. Let us untangle the government red tape to help win your case.
Under the federal Social Security Disability Act, “disability” means the “inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physician or mental impairment which can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months or result in death.”
Social Security Disability Benefits or SSD are paid to individuals who have worked regularly in the recent years (Last 5-10 years).
SSI Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits are paid to individuals who are poor and disabled whether or not the individual has worked in the past.
As soon as you stop working, you should file your application immediately. SSD or SSI is not a short-term disability plan. It must be determined that you will not be able to work during the next 12 months or your condition is expected to lead to death. Short-term disabilities will not qualify you for Social Security Disability benefits.
The amount that an individual will receive for SSD depends on how much that individual worked and earned in the past. A disabled claimant will receive the same monthly benefit that he or she would receive had he or she retired at full retirement age (65 or older). The sum of money received will depend on one’s previous work record. SSI benefits depend on the claimant’s individual financial circumstances. For disabled widow’s, it depends on how much the spouse earned.
A large majority of claimants are denied at the first stage of their claims. A majority, during the second stage, reconsideration, of claimants are denied at that level. The final level, the hearing stage is where the claimant actually has a hearing in front of a federal administrative law judge. Most claimants will have to appear at a hearing before an administrative law judge to be awarded their benefits.
The Joel Bieber Firm does not charge attorney fees or case relevant costs without it being approved by the Social Security Administration. We offer a free consultation and our attorney fees are only collected on your back award. Attorneys receive 25% of the back benefits up to a certain amount, which has been set and is approved under federal law.
We have been told that statistics show that claimants that are represented by a social security disability attorney are much more likely to win their claim. An experienced attorney will know what proof the Social Security Administration requires and will be intimately familiar with the voluminous Social Security regulations. We will also assist you in making determinations about what important medical evaluations are needed from your treating doctors that are vital to you winning your case.
Contact an experienced social security disability claims lawyer at The Joel Bieber Firm today for your free initial consultation. Please fill out the form on this page.