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Apply for disability (SSDI and SSI) with us from the convenience of your home and
avoid having to wait in long lines or talking to the Social Security Administration.
No up-front cost to you and I only get paid
from the proceeds of your claim if we prevail.
If you are a current SSA client, please contact us through this link below "Contact Us", to ask a SSA question, to update your medical treatment or contact information if you are a current client.
Unlike most Social Security Disability firms, we take cases at the application stage. We find that by doing this, we can strengthen your application early and improve your chances of success at the first review. Although we do not get paid if you get approved on the first review, we find that the goodwill it creates to be worth it. In the event you are denied, we find our early participation to be beneficial in presenting a stronger case at subsequent reviews.
We get paid only if we win and obtain back benefits for you. Our fee is the lesser of 25% of the back benefit up to a cap of $6000 in most cases. For example, if the backpay were $3000, our fee would be $750. Also, since we advance costs to obtain medical records and reports, we ask that you reimburse those costs without markup if SSA pays you any kind of benefit.
SSA created a list of conditions called "Compassionate Allowances" that allows claimants to quickly identify diseases and other medical conditions that, by definition, meet SSA's standards for disability. If you have one of these listed conditions, you would obtain a letter from your doctor indicating the diagnosis along with about a paragraph explanation about it. Take that letter, in person, to SSA and ask for the "Compassionate Allowance." You should then be placed in SSA's pay status within two weeks time. Click the link below to be taken to SSA's website where you can check to see if your disease or condition qualifies for Compassionate Allowance expedited approval.
The easiest way to apply for disability benefits is online but it can also be done in person or by telephone. Applying by phone takes the longest since you wait about two weeks for your phone interview then you wait approximately two weeks more to sign your statement by mail.
If you apply in person, it is best to take someone with you because some SSA clerks tend to be more careful when someone else is watching. Also, it is beneficial to have someone else listening in case you forget something. If you apply in person, make sure to take your original Birth Certificate, it you have it. Otherwise, you can submit it later.
To apply online is the easiest and fastest way to apply for disability benefits. The process takes about 1.5 hours and you will need the following information:
Click the link below to be taken to Social Security Administration’s website to file your application.
I am an attorney, and for years Firms large and small hired me to represent their clients at trials before Administrative Law Judges (ALJ) to obtain Social Security Disability (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. I regularly observed mistakes made by some of these Firms and by their clients.
In this e-booklet, you will get a brief overview of the entire adjudication process, so you have a better idea of what to expect. I share with you several valuable tips to help you avoid common pitfalls and tips to strengthen your claims.
I provide tips to help you avoid mistakes at the application stage, tips for the hearing, and how to identify and handle the ALJ’s trick questions. I give you tips on how to avoid a common post-award mistake.
I explain how some SSI recipients can save up to a third of their benefit from being offset. I show you how to shave off four months from the process. I explain how you can work while at the same time applying for disability benefits. I give tips on what you can do after you win your case to improve your chances of keeping your benefits. (Note, if you are one of my clients, you do not need to purchase this e-booklet. Just request it from me by email, and I will forward it to you free of charge.)
Congestive Heart Failure
Crohn’s Disease & SSD
Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Osteoarthritis & Disability Benefits
Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome
Disabling Pain & Fatigue
SSA uses the Listings to evaluate disability claims. The listing for each body system describes
impairments that SSA considers severe enough to prevent an adult from doing any gainful
activity or to cause marked and severe functional limitations in a child younger than
18-years-old. Most of the listed impairments are permanent or are expected to result in death;
however, some include a specific statement of duration. For all others, the evidence must show the impairment has lasted, or can be expected to last, for a continuous period of at least 12 months. The Listings is organized by major body system—14 for adults (Part A) and 15 for children (Part B), although adult criteria can be applied to children if the disease processes have a similar effect on adults and children. Altogether, SSA has over 100 listed impairments. Click the link below for the complete Listings and an explanation of each one.
It is imperative that you give yourself the best chance of winning your SSDI or SSI appeal. That includes hiring a Social Security Disability attorney. The system is set up to make hiring an attorney easy since you do not have to pay in advance and you pay only if you win you case. We charge 25% of the back pay benefits that we win for you and that is up to a cap of $6,000. So, if we win your case and SSA starts your disability benefits and say your back pay is $3,000, our fee would be $750. Also, since we advance costs to obtain medical records, we ask that if SSA grants you any disability or if any disability is awarded by the judge, that you reimburse the money we advanced to obtain your medical records dollar-for-dollar (i.e., with no markup).
Unrepresented claimants often make avoidable mistakes that make the difference between winning a losing their case. These mistakes occur at the application stage as well as at the hearing stage, and even after they are granted benefits they can still lose those benefits. Many of these mistakes are covered in our above-referenced E-Booklet.
Hello, my name is Michael O'Connor. I am a Social Security Disability attorney. I am also a Supplemental Security Income attorney. We handle SSDI appeals and SSI appeals but we can also represent you at the initial stage of your application. We serve clients throughout the United States including Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
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