Disabled and unable to work?
If you are disabled by any injury, medical condition, or disease, then you may be entitled to monthly social security disability benefits. If you are not able to work and have significant health issues, then you should apply.
What type of social security disability benefits are there?
- Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI): These are the disability benefits are available to disabled workers who have accumulated a sufficient number of work credits. This means that you have paid into Social Security through your payroll FICA taxes. SSDI applicants must be younger than 65. There is a five month waiting period for SSDI to begin from the onset date (the date you became disabled) of your disability. People who receive SSDI for two years become eligible for Medicare benefits as well.
- Social Security (SSI): These are the disability benefits that are available to low-income individuals who have not accumulated the required number of work credits to be eligible for SSDI. To be eligible for SSI the disabled applicant must have less than $2,000 in assets or $3,000 in assets for a couple and have very limited income. People who are awarded SSI also will qualify for Medicaid and may also qualify for food stamps. SSI benefits begin from the month that you first apply.
How do you apply?
Applying for Social Security disability benefits can be difficult, frustrating and time consuming. About 70% of all applicants for SSDI and SSI are denied when they first apply.
How much will my monthly disability benefit be?
There are many factors that will determine how much your monthly social security disability benefit will be. We encourage you to submit your case to us using our Social Security Benefit Calculator to find out for yourself.
Do I need an attorney?
Yes. Almost everyone is denied by the Social Security Administration when they first apply for social security disability benefits. If you apply and are denied, then you should call us at 877-PAIN-LAW as soon as possible so we can evaluate your case, and if we accept your case, then we will timely file your appeal.
How can we help if you are denied?
Because the Social Security lawyers at the Griffin Law Firm have a great track record of winning our clients their social security disability benefits even when they initially are denied. However, it is very important to call us for your free consultation immediately after you receive your denial because you normally only have 60 days to appeal an unfavorable ruling.
How does the appeal process work?
The four levels of appeals for Social Security Disability include:
- Reconsideration: You must appeal your initial denial within 60 days. Our firm handles the reconsideration for our Social Security disability clients which is a second review by a claims examiner at the Disability Determination Services (DDS).
- Appeal Hearing: If the applicant loses the reconsideration appeal, then the next step is a hearing before an administrative law judge (a Social Security judge). There is a 60 day deadline for appealing the denial of the reconsideration as well.
- Appeals Council: This is an appeal that of the denial at the Appeal Hearing. the Appeals Council can reverse the judge’s decision and grant the benefits, remand the case back for a second hearing, or issue another denial.
- Federal District Court Appeal: This is the appeal from a denial of the Appeals Council.
Why should I hire the Griffin Law Firm?
The Griffin Law Firm has vast experience in handling social security disability claims and a great track record of winning for our clients. We will fight for you and will present your case in the best possible light using medical records, medical narratives, and vocational disability experts.
How much is the attorney fee for social security disability claims?
The Griffin Law Firm handles social security disability cases on a contingency basis. This means that if we do not win your case, then you do not pay us any attorney fee at all. The contingency fee rate is 25% of the back benefits recovered with a maximum attorney fee of $6,000. There is no attorney fee charged on the ongoing future Social Security disability benefits.
How successful has our firm been with social security disability claims?
We have many success stories handling social security disability cases. In one case we recovered over $87,000 in back social security disability benefits. Since our attorney fee is capped at $6,000, our client recovered about $81,000 in back social security disability benefits and continued to receive future disability benefits each month after the win.
Why is it so important to hire us now?
Time is of the essence. If you delay in applying, then you may lose your social security disability eligibility or some of the back benefits that you would otherwise be entitled to receive. So call us today at 877-PAIN-LAW to find out how we can help you win your Social Security disability benefits that you need and deserve.