Waiting on the Social Security Administration to decide your social security disability claim can be frustrating. Your case may take months or in some cases, years, to make its way through the system. Your claim normally does not move forward at all until an “adjudicator” is assigned to your case. This waiting can be difficult, especially considering the fact that you are out of work and disabled.
For my new clients with an existing claim I make sure to submit all relevant medical records, forms and other documents to Social Security so they can make a decision as soon as possible. For some cases I make a Motion for an expedited review of the case.
If you have already applied for social security disability and are waiting on a decision from the Social Security Administration, call me at (404) 250-7000 or fill out the above form for a free evaluation.
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What We Do for Our Clients:
We routinely do the following for our clients who have an active claim pending at the Initial or “Reconsideration” level:
- We immediately notify SSA to formally request that they assign an adjudicator to the claim if one has not been assigned already.
- We file with the 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.
- Once an adjudicator is assigned to the case, we continue to work with the adjudicator to provide the documentation and evidence necessary for a ruling on your 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.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 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.