If disability has left you unable to work for a living, our attorneys can help you claim important Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. We begin by organizing and filing a strong initial SSDI application on your behalf.
With a disability lawyer managing the first filing of your claim, you stand the best chance of winning the benefits you deserve. But many lawyers don’t accept disability claims until after the application has been denied and has reached the ALJ hearing stage.
We believe our clients should receive their rightful benefits without delay, and will fight with all our might to make this happen in your case.
Initial SSDI Application Preparation and Filing
Marc Whitehead & Associates will take care of the entire Social Security disability application process for you: we handle the forms, the legwork, the filings and paperwork.
Submit a solid disability claim from the start.
Ready to begin? Contact us or call (800) 562-9830 today.
Most Social Security disability applications are initially denied.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) awards benefits on only about 30% of initial claims. This devastating national average is followed by an even higher level of denial at the first step of appeal, called “Reconsideration.” The second appeal in your fight for SSDI benefits is the ALJ Hearing, and by then you’re looking at months of further delay. Complex cases can drag on for years.
If at any step of the disability process you are found disabled, there is still a five-month waiting period before SSA will pay your benefits. The entire process is overwhelming to anyone living with a disabling medical condition and no longer able to earn a living.
Your case is likely to receive much better treatment in the hands of a good disability attorney.
File the strongest SSDI application you can!
The SSA gets hundreds of thousands of new disability claims every year. They do not have nearly enough resources to adequately develop and investigate every application. So you must do all you can to make sure that your claim gets off to the best possible start.
Successful applications for disability benefits require numerous documents that must be properly reported and submitted. Much of the information is technical.
Any gaps, mistakes, omissions or disparities of the required information can damage your claim. Without an experienced disability attorney helping you, even the most valid cases stand a good chance of rejection when first submitted.
Our law firm is very familiar with all manner of disabling medical conditions. We welcome the opportunity to assist with your SSDI application from day one, because we can advise you and set up your unique claim to get the best results possible.
Why is filing for SSDI benefits so hard to get right the first time?
SSA’s rules are complicated. Additionally, Social Security law uses wording and precise medical terminology that is not easy to understand.
It is your burden to show that you now meet SSA’s criteria and definition of “disabled.” You must base your claim on your impairments, work history, age, and how you arrived at the point of being unable to work.
A successful initial SSDI application generally requires evidence from both a medical and vocational standpoint that proves you cannot work, including
- medical records
- age and work history
- marital history
- treatment history
- vocational / functional assessment
We have acquired countless cases from previously denied clients who should have been awarded benefits but were not. While the reasons behind these denials are clear to our experienced lawyers, they remain invisible to applicants who try to file claims on their own.
Let our law firm do the upfront work and the fighting for you. We gather and review all records, and supplement your initial claim with the facts and specifics that are necessary to make it complete. Our attorneys and legal staff excel in these areas and leave no details unattended.
How our Social Security disability lawyers help.
Our job is to advise you, protect your rights, and apply the law and our experience to develop the best strategy for you. We will explain each step of SSA’s legal process to you.
Our Social Security disability attorneys strive to obtain the maximum benefits for you that the law allows, as swiftly as possible. Your initial SSDI application needs to prove to the SSA that:
- Your impairment meets or equals a medical condition in SSA’s “Listing of Impairments” (or)
- Your condition prevents you from being able to do the work you did before, and any other work considering your age, education, skills and impairment.
While no results can be guaranteed, we know what evidence is needed and how to best present it in order for SSA to award a status of disabled. As each situation calls for, we:
- Review your medical records and make suggestions for any additional testing required to prove your case;
- Demonstrate your medically determinable impairment is “severe” according to SSA rules;
- Work with your medical providers to properly get the endorsement, support and medical opinions of the doctors who have treated you. This is a key source of information about your level of function and work-related abilities;
- Establish whether a combination of impairments renders you unable to work;
- Apply the SSA’s Medical-Vocational Guidelines to support your claim;
- Strengthen your claim with impairment-specific Residual Functional Capacity evaluation;
- Show that you cannot do unskilled sedentary work;
- Establish and demonstrate pain as related to your claim;
- Demonstrate with detailed examples how your impairments have changed your life;
- Gather and submit letters from appropriate caregivers, family, and employers who can provide relevant facts and examples supporting your case;
- Foresee and prevent possible basis for SSA denial;
- Keep records of your medical appointments and coordinate on them with you;
- Meet all filing deadlines;
- Check with the SSA on your behalf and keep you updated about your claim.
By working directly with the SSA and your doctors during your initial claim, you have the best chance of winning the benefits that should be yours.
Talk to an SSDI attorney today, and put your case in the hands of an expert.
We understand the worry you may feel right now. A serious health problem has left you unable to continue working. You wonder how you will pay your medical bills let alone pay rent or put food on the table.
Let us take this burden off of your shoulders. If you are applying for SSDI benefits for the first time, we urge you to pick up the phone and request a free consultation to discuss your case: (800) 562-9830.
Founding partner Marc Whitehead is Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law by the National Board of Social Security Disability Advocacy.
We represent cases from the initial SSDI application stage through administrative hearings and federal court.