Get the Social Security Benefits You Deserve
- Worked hard all your life and now find yourself unable to work?
- Denied by Social Security?
- Not sure how to apply for Social Security?
- Contact us for a free consultation.
At Wayne Wright LLP, our Social Security practice focuses on the insurance aspect of Social Security for disabled people. Part of the money that workers pay into Social Security provides disability insurance.
The Social Security (DIB) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. Only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may quality for benefits under either Social Security Administration program.
- Social Security Disability Insurance (DIB) pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are “insured,” meaning that you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes. If you become disabled before you reach retirement age, we can help you to determine if you are eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (DIB).
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) pays benefits based on financial need. At Wayne Wright LLP, we can assist you with both types of claims.
If you become disabled and are no longer able to work, you may be eligible to receive benefits from the Social Security Administration. Benefits are not automatically granted by Social Security just because you or your doctor says that you can no longer work. The Social Security Administration has rules that pertain to benefits (www.ssa.gov/disability). Once you apply for benefits, you must follow a specific and involved process before the Social Security Administration decides if you are eligible for benefits. If Social Security decides in your favor, it may still take months before you are awarded benefits and even longer before you receive any money.
Have You Been Denied?
We strongly recommend that you hire an attorney who has experience handling Social Security cases or hire a non-attorney advocate who has been certified by the Social Security Administration.
If you do hire someone to represent you, the Social Security Administration restricts the amount of money they will withhold from your award to pay your representative’s fees. Your representative’s fees are paid out of any back pay, typically your first check that may be awarded to you. However, you will not continue to pay your representative out of your monthly disability checks.
Handling the claim yourself can be a daunting task. The process takes a lot of time and can be very frustrating. You will have to prove why you cannot work, not just at your past job, but at any other job in the national economy. The burden of proof is on you. Social Security Disability Insurance is exactly that—insurance. It is not in their best interest to approve claims. In fact, most claims are denied the first time. If your claim is denied, you can appeal. Most appeals are denied. You can appeal again and you can request a hearing. In some parts of the country it may take more than a year before you have a hearing date. If you get a hearing date, you will have to present your case before a Social Security Administrative Law Judge. The Judge may ask for medical experts you have never met to give opinions about whether or not you can work.
The Wayne Wright Advantage
Wayne Wright LLP has an experienced team of attorneys, advocates and staff from across the state who focus on Social Security cases. Our Social Security clients have the unique benefit of the full Wayne Wright LLP Social Security team. Various attorneys and staff members work on a case and contribute to its development. Our technology and software allows our team to work on any case from any office. Our clients benefit from the combined expertise of our powerful team of attorneys and staff. Each staff member has experience in particular disabilities.
Let Wayne Wright LLP Do the Work
Wayne Wright’s team obtains medical records and other information to prove you are disabled. We contact you at least every 30 days to make sure that we know about any changes in your condition, medications, and treatment, and to give you status about your case. Your Wayne Wright LLP Case Manager will make sure that our attorneys have everything they need to put us in the best position to win your case. Wayne Wright LLP attorneys and staff will make sure you are prepared for the hearing and that you will know what we are doing to try to win your case. If we receive a favorable decision on your case, we will help you to get your benefits. If you think you qualify for Social Security disability, contact us for a free consultation.