How Do I Apply?

 

Atlanta Disability AttorneyIf you cannot work because of a disabling medical condition, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. Do you qualify? There is only one way to find out. You need to put in an application for social security disability benefits with the Social Security Administration. You can apply online, over the phone or in person at your local SSA Office.

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You may want to know what an attorney can do for you to assist you in your application for social security disability. Below we have listed some of the services we perform on behalf of our social security disability clients.

What We Do for Our Clients:

We routinely do the following for our social security disability clients:

  • We file with the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) all Forms and paperwork needed for a decision to be made on the claim. These forms may include a Disability Report Form 3368; a Work History Report Form 3369; and Medical and Job Worksheet; a Disability Report Form 3368, etc.
  • We continue to work with the SSA to provide the documentation and evidence necessary for a ruling on the client’s claim as soon as possible.
  • We contact all of the client’s medical providers (doctors, hospitals, etc.) and request all medical records that will help document our client’s disabilities.
  • We submit these medical records to SSA. We usually scan the records in our office and submit the scanned documents to the SSA using a specially designated barcode that SSA provides us.
  • If appropriate, we file a Motion for an “On the Record” decision. If granted, this will allow our client to start receiving social security disability benefits sooner, without the necessity of a court Hearing.
  • If appropriate, we file a “Dire Need” Request with the SSA, requesting that a decision be made as soon as possible because of financial or other difficulties our client is experiencing.
  • We continue to contact the adjudicator via phone, letters and emails to make sure that our client’s case is being worked on and not “put on the back burner.”
  • If a Favorable decision is made and our client is granted disability benefits, we work with the payment processing center to coordinate payment of disability checks to our clients.
  • If an Unfavorable decision is made, we often immediately file an appeal of that decision to the next level (either the “Request for Reconsideration” level or the “Request for Hearing” level), ensuring that our client’s claim stays active. If we do file the appeal we continue to work on the claim. If a Hearing is necessary, attorney Louis B. Lusk or another qualified and experienced disability attorney will appear the Hearing with the client to present evidence and argue the case to the Administrative Law Judge.
  • Most importantly, we maintain contact with our client to keep the client fully informed of the case, every step of the way. We return phone calls!

What We Charge

There is no attorney fee of any kind unless and until we win your claim and you are awarded back benefits. In that case, the attorney fee is 25% of the back benefits only, subject to a statutory fee cap. Normally SSA withholds the attorney fee amount and sends us the fee directly. If no back benefits are awarded there is no attorney fee at all.

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