If you are unable to work due to severe physical or mental conditions, you may be able to qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits. The Social Security Administration offers two programs that provide benefits based on disability: the Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) program and the Supplemental Security Income Benefits (SSI) program.
Social Security retirement funds are mostly guaranteed but Social Security Disability is another matter. Most people who apply receive a rejection on their first attempt. This is where our assistance and experience with the application and appeals processes comes in. We will collect and review medical records, request detailed reports from your doctors, and represent you throughout the process to help you secure benefits.
Our attorneys have practiced in the area of Social Security Disability for years. We have experience representing clients at all levels of the administrative process which includes the filing of the Initial Applications for DIB and/or SSI Benefits, the filing of the Request for Reconsideration, and requesting and representing clients at the Administrative Law Judge Hearing. We also represent clients before the Appeals Council and in the Federal Court in the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Divisions of Indiana. Unlike other firms, at Hess Hess & Donnelson LLP the attorney who accepts your case will be the attorney who represents you throughout the administrative process, including at the hearing before the Administrative Law Judge. We do not believe in sending a “substitute” attorney whom you have never met to represent your interests at such an important hearing.
Sometimes, the barrier to receiving Social Security Disability is in how your medical condition is explained. In addition, it is especially important for our older clients to ensure that the Social Security Administration has sufficient information about the jobs they have performed in the past. As we have been representing clients in Social Security matters for many years, we understand the myriad of disabling conditions, the limitations imposed by those conditions, and the implications of limitations on a client’s ability to do work. We have the skills necessary to present your case in the most convincing light.
One of the most common questions that we receive involves attorney fees. Attorney fees are contingent, meaning that we do not receive a fee unless we recover benefits for our clients. In addition, there are no “up front” costs that need to be paid by the client. This often comes as a relief to our clients who are facing financial struggles due to their loss of income.
Please keep in mind that there are strict time limits at every stage of the appeals process. If you do not preserve your appeal rights, you may have to start over and you may be barred from filing a new application for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits if your disability insurance has expired.
Social Security Benefits consultations are always free at Hess Hess & Donnelson, LLP. If you believe you have a claim, we would be happy to meet with you to discuss your situation and evaluate what benefits might be available to you or your family members. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.