Social Security Disability

If a person who has not yet reached retirement age gets hurt or sick, and that injury or sickness is expected to last for at least a year or more, he or she may be eligible for disability benefit payments from the Social Security Administration. Unfortunately, the Social Security Administration’s disability benefits application process can be confusing and frustrating, especially if you are not familiar with the Social Security Disability laws.

Fortunately, Marshall has handled and won hundreds of Social Security cases. He can assist you in understanding the disability claims and appeals processes and answer any questions regarding your application or denial. 

Please contact us if you need assistance with the following aspects of your Social Security Disability claim:

Initial Applications

Applying for Social Security disability can be a very frustrating process.  Therefore, it is important to hire an experienced attorney who can help you navigate through the tangled web of confusion and get your case properly situated to be heard.

Requests for Reconsideration

Most Social Security disability applicants are denied on their initial application for disability benefits; however, it is important to pursue an appeal of your initial disability denial. Our Social Security Attorney Marshall B. Pitts, Jr.  and his staff can help you to navigate this frustrating process, and we will get your disability appeal filed for you in order to have your Social Security  disability claim reviewed properly by Social Security Administration officials.

Administrative Law Judge Hearings

If an individual is not successful in securing benefits at the initial application for disability benefits or Request for Reconsideration stages, all is not lost! Our Social Security Attorney Marshall B. Pitts, Jr.  handles Administrative Law Judge Hearings in which he will argue your petition for disability benefits before a judge. Our Social Security Attorney Marshall B. Pitts, Jr.  has won scores of these hearings, and he would fight hard to win you the Social Security disability benefits that you deserve.

Social Security Disability Questions

Q: Should I be discouraged if I am turned down on my initial application for Social Security disability?

A: No, the overwhelming majority of people are turned down when they initially apply for disability. It is important to appeal the decision within 60 days.

Q: I am 100% totally and permanently disabled and unemployable. Shouldn’t my claim for Social Security benefits be automatically approved based on my VA Disability Rating Decision?

A: Thank you for your service to our country; we do truly appreciate you! It is logical to assume that if the VA has made a decision that a veteran is disabled, he or she would be approved for Social Security benefits. However, the Veterans Administration and the Social Security Administration use different rules to determine if a person is disabled.

Please contact our Social Security Attorney Marshall B. Pitts, Jr., who understands that each veteran’s disability is unique and will know how to make the best use of a VA Rating Decision to help you obtain the Social Security benefits that you deserve.

Q: How long will it take to have my case heard before a judge?

A: Some cases are resolved prior to reaching the judicial level of appeal; however, if your case has to go to a hearing, and all the appropriate appeals are filed timely, the wait time is typically 12-18 months.

Q: Am I entitled to back pay if I am found to be disabled?

A: In most (but not all) successful claims for disability, back pay is awarded. The amount received will depend upon the type of disability for which you are approved, and the date you are determined to be disabled.

Q: Do I have to pay attorney fees up front?

A: No. The attorney fees will be paid by the Social Security Administration out of any back pay that you receive if the case is won. 

Q: My claim was denied but I did not file an appeal on time. Do I need to file a new claim?

A: In most instances, if your 60 day time period to file your appeal has passed, you will need to refile your claim. However, if you have a valid justification for missing your appeal deadline, a “good cause” letter may be filed and the Social Security Administration will consider it.


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