Social Security Disability
With more than 27 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.
Reevaluation of Your Social Security Disability Claim
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 like Elizabeth A. Smith, you may be successful on appeal.
If your claim has been denied, contact Elizabeth A. Smith today. With a track record of successful claims, she can advise you whether to appeal and potentially turn the decision around.
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 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. Receive help from experienced Attorney Elizabeth A. Smith.
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 Elizabeth A. Smith immediately will ensure preservation of your interests as we take crucial steps in an urgent manner.
In an appeal, we 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
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.