Social Security Disability

Social Security Disability Lawyer

Reevaluation of Your Social Security Disability Claim

With more than 23 years of experience, Attorney Elizabeth A. Smith has a proven track record of helping people just like you obtain the social security disability benefits they deserve.

Social Security is a complicated program that often makes it difficult to receive the disability benefits you need. When submitting an initial Social Security Disability (SSD) application, a majority of people are denied. If your application is denied, do not give up hope. With the help of a knowledgeable attorney you may be successful on appeal.

Please contact us today for a free consultation if your claim has been denied. Because we have experience with successful claims, we can advise you whether to appeal to an administrative law judge (ALJ) and potentially turn around the decision. 

Qualification and Application for Social Security Disability Insurance

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or SSD) is available to seriously disabled individuals who have a significant work history and have paid Social Security taxes.

You are able to apply for Social Security Disability Income as soon as your disability requires you to stop working; you do not have to wait until you are have been out of the work force for a full year to apply. Starting the lengthy application process as soon as possible is very important. Most people are denied benefits following their first application.

Helping You Obtain Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits

If you have been denied after submitting your application, you have 60 days to appeal or in some instances, to file a request for reconsideration. Contacting us immediately will ensure preservation of your interests as we take crucial steps in an urgent manner.

In an appeal, we will begin by requesting a hearing before an administrative law judge.

To prepare for the ALJ hearing we may:

  • Request reconsideration
  • Gather medical and other evidence
  • Analyze your case under the regulations
  • Consult doctors for further medical information and exams
  • Request subpoenas for witnesses or documents
  • Prepare you to testify at the hearing

At the hearing we represent you and protect your rights. We cross-examine the vocational expert and present an opening statement and closing argument about the benefits to which you are entitled.

Following a positive outcome, we ensure that the Social Security Administration correctly calculates your benefits.

If the denial is upheld, you have the right to request review of the decision by the Appeals Council.

Understanding Payment and Fees

Our fees are contingency-based (plus costs) and governed by the Social Security Administration.

We charge 25% of the back benefits awarded to you or $6,000, whichever is less. You will also be asked to pay for medical records and reports if there is a favorable decision.

Contact us today for a reevaluation of your Social Security Disability claim.