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Social Security defines "disability" in terms of how your medical problems impact your ability to work a full time job. In other words, we have to show that you have a serious medical problem by submitting medical records. And we have to show that your medical problems make you unreliable at even a simple, entry-level job.

You would not be considered "disabled" just because you cannot perform your previous job. We have to show that you can't perform the tasks of any job that exists - even if that simple job would not pay you enough or even if that job is not on a bus line.

Generally, the strongest argument for disability is one where we provide medical evidence indicating that you would miss excessive days from work or that you would need to take excessive unscheduled breaks during the workday.

If you recently received a denial notice,
you must file your written appeal within
sixty (60) days.

If you miss the 60 day appeal deadline,
your case will be closed and you will have to
start over, and possibly lose hundreds or
thousands of dollars.

Many deserving claims are denied, usually
because the Social Security claims adjuster does
not have the right type of medical evidence.

Unfortunately, Social Security does not
provide the appeal forms in your denial notice.
You can find them online or call our office for

Applying for benefits is easy and there is no cost to apply.  If you have a computer you can apply at or you can call 800-772-1213 to apply.

Click here to visit our web page that explains exactly what you need to apply.

If you still need help, our friendly office staff is standing by to assist you with your application.  Just call us toll free at 800-890-2262 and we’ll walk you through the application process.

Social Security does not require you to have a lawyer when you apply for benefits but statistics show that your chances at winning increase greatly when you have representation.


Social Security defines disability in a very unique way and their decision making process is long and complicated.

Most people mistakenly think that disability relates to your medical problems.

In fact, Social Security defines disability in terms of how your medical problems impact your ability to work.  An experienced lawyer will help gather and submit evidence that addresses SSA’s requirements.

Social Security decision makers also use something called the “5 Step Sequential Evaluation Process” to analyze the evidence in your case and make a decision.

You will also have to choose the right “onset date” to maximize your past due benefits, and you need to prove that your legal  disability began before your disability insurance runs out or risk recovering nothing.

SSA employees also expect you to understand numerous abbreviations and unique terms, thereby making it difficult for non-lawyers to navigate the disability process.

Clearly, it should not be this difficult to recover your disability benefits but until the system is reformed and simplified, you are better off with representation.  The good news is that disability lawyers do not charge fees up-front and we only get paid if we win.  Call our office today at 800-890-2262 to learn more.

When we win your disability case, you will get two types of checks. First, you will get a monthly cash benefit check. The amount of this check will depend on a number of factors but will generally range between $700 and $2,500. The more you have earned and paid into the system, the larger your monthly check.

Second, in most cases, you will get a lump sum payment representing past due benefits. Because Social Security is so backlogged, most applicants won't get a decision on their claim for two, three or more years after they become disabled. During the time you are waiting your monthly benefits keep adding up and when we finally do win, all those accrued benefits are paid to you in a lump sum.  Often my clients receive lump sum checks of $30,000, $40,000, or even more.

Your lawyer, by the way, gets paid only if you recover a lump sum - his fee will amount to 25% of your lump sum, with a maximum fee of $6,000. Your on-going monthly benefits get paid 100% to you.

Social Security’s disability decision making process takes far too long - between 1 to 3 years in most cases.

Certain types of cases are often approved much earlier - sometimes within 2 to 3 months, but you must have certain medical conditions and present specific types of evidence.

Social Security blames its outrageous backlog on insufficient staffing and outdated computer systems.

Whatever the reason, we advise all disability applicants that they should expect to wait up to 3 years for a decision.

IMPORTANT: An experienced lawyer can speed up the process by filing all appeals quickly, and by submitting written requests for
“on-the-record” decisions.

Additionally, you can recover benefits up to 1 year prior to your application date so every day you delay you potentially lose past due benefits.

If you’d like to know more about how to improve your chances at winning, please call our office at 800-890-2262.

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