Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are important safety nets for workers, providing monthly cash benefits to those who are unable to work for a year or more because of a disability. But filing can be complex, and the initial claim often results in a denial. If this has happened to you, you’re not alone.
We have thirty years’ experience in helping our fellow Mainers through the complex Social Security Disability application and appeals process, and would love to use our experience to help you with your claim. If you also have a Workers’ Compensation claim, we can assist you in managing both claims so that you can pursue them simultaneously.
The initial consultation is free, and there are no attorney’s fees owed by you unless you win your case. If we do win, Social Security allows attorneys to only charge 25% of past-due benefits up to a maximum of $6,000.
- Apply as soon as possible. Get a protective filing date from Social Security as soon as you can in order to protect your rights.
- A lawyer is a must for an appeal, but also extremely helpful for your initial application. Often, people wait until they are denied on their applicaiton to bring a lawyer onto their team, but we’d encourage you not to wait. We are willing to assist you with applying for benefits so we can work together to develop a winning strategy.
- Be prepared to wait. The time between your application and a decision by Social Security can be quite long. We will discuss with you the amount of money you can earn per month and still be eligible for SSDI benefits.
- Expect an exam. Social Security may schedule you for a medical examination or psychological examination with a doctor they have chosen and we will discuss with you what to expect at the exam.
- File the Request for Hearing and required forms on your behalf
- Make sure there are no missing documents. We will review the documents that Social Security has in its electronic records express (ERE) to ensure that’s the case. Many times, Social Security does not collect all of the necessary documents concerning your case. If there are missing documents, we will discuss them with you, collect them on your behalf, and file them electronically with Social Security.
- Discuss with you whether the best strategy is to request a hearing in person with the ALJ or via video teleconference
- Work closely with you during the hearing process to collect and file with Social Security the medical records, psychological records, education records, and employment records necessary for a successful outcome.
- Send applicable questionnaires to your treating doctors asking their medical and psychological opinions concerning your disability
- Discuss the hearing with you and prepare you for the issues to be decided by the ALJ and the information you need to provide the ALJ in order to win your case.
- File an Appeal Brief with the ALJ on your behalf prior to the hearing supplying the ALJ with a written argument concerning why we believe you should win your case.