Social Security Disability Lawyers in Athens, Georgia
At Wells and McElwee, P.C., a big part of our longstanding commitment to client service involves making sure that people can support their families when an accident or illness makes it impossible to work. As a result, we advise our clients about every possible option for compensation, from personal injury damages to Social Security disability benefits.
If you need advice about your eligibility under the federal Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) program, or if you have had a claim for SSDI benefits denied, contact a lawyer at our office in Athens for a free consultation. Our experience with the Social Security system and our success with appeals of denied claims can help you generate the income you need to stay self-sufficient.
Most Social Security Disability Claims Are Won on Appeal
Most SSDI claims are denied on the first application. The next step is to file a request for reconsideration, and these too are generally denied. Most of our SSDI work comes at the administrative hearing stage. This represents your first chance to present your claim for benefits to a judge. We work with you, your doctors, and vocational experts to develop the evidence that will convince the administrative judge that your claim for Social Security disability benefits should be granted.
The main issues to resolve in an SSDI case are whether you can prove a period of disability for at least one year, and whether you are capable of performing work lighter than your previous job. You also need to prove recent work history, but that's usually the least of our problems. The older you are and the less education you have, the easier it will usually be to establish a right to payments on appeal.
We coordinate your SSDI claim with any worker's compensation benefits you're collecting so that you can collect full payments under both programs. If the claims aren't properly timed, the Social Security system will reduce your disability payments by a portion of your workers' comp benefits.
Supplemental Security Income Is Available for People Without Work History
Our attorneys also represent people whose inability to work has prevented them from developing the employment history that could qualify them for SSDI. Under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) system, proof of financial need substitutes for work history. If your income is below a certain level, and you are incapable of regular employment, you might qualify for SSI payments.
The lawyers of Wells and McElwee, P.C., are proud of our ability to serve as a one-stop resource for anyone who can't work due to illness or injury. To learn about your right to Social Security disability benefits, workers' compensation, or any other source of payment, call us at 706-543-8596 or fill out our short form for a free consultation.
Most often, we take accident claims on a contingent fee basis. This means that unless we recover a settlement or verdict for you, we will not charge a fee. We collect no attorney fees unless we recover a settlement or verdict for you.