Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program that provides monthly cash assistance to over 8 million Americans today. If you are over the age of 65, blind, or disabled, with resources below a certain limit, you may be eligible for SSI benefits.
Qualifying for a federal assistance program can be a complicated process, and it may take a long time for you to win your case and receive the benefits you deserve. With the help of your attorney, you will be responsible for compiling all your medical records to best explain and prove both your disability and your income. And as with any other qualifications process, there are limits and restrictions along the way, some that you may not know about.
Why Would I Need a Lawyer for SSI Benefits?
There are many ways an attorney can help you win your SSI claim. And although you may be initially concerned that you may not be able to afford a lawyer to help you win your SSI benefits, in most cases Affleck & Gordon will only collect their fee if they win your case.
It’s in your best interest to begin your SSI claim with an attorney partner who will know exactly what you need to win benefits.
Here are four main areas where having Affleck & Gordon on your side can help you win SSI benefits.
With Affleck & Gordon, we make sure we conduct a thorough intake consultation with our clients to provide as much clarity as possible regarding what the SSA expects from a claimant to have their claim approved. When you begin your SSI claim, you have several options. You can file your claim online if you meet certain categories. You can call the Social Security Administration directly to make an appointment at an office near you. You may also go directly to the Social Security office without an appointment, but expect a longer wait time.
When you have an attorney working on your side, you can rest assured that you claim will be analyzed with great detail. Your attorney can equip you with the right tools to help you get started, and can offer benefits you wouldn’t get elsewhere or on your own. And you won’t have to worry that you have the wrong form, paperwork, or documentation to prove your medical condition. Even though you’ll always fill out your initial claim paperwork, your lawyer for SSI will make sure that everything is filed properly from the beginning.
One of the greatest benefits of having a lawyer for SSI on your side is that we’ll communicate as a team with you and the SSA, and the SSA will also contact your legal team throughout the process at all times. We’ll also communicate with you every step of the way. If the Social Security Administration needs additional forms filled out by you regarding your case, we’ll communicate with you regarding exactly what they’ll need when processing your claim.
Let’s face it--at times it may not feel easy when navigating a claim for SSI. That’s why having the right attorney partner to thoroughly explain every step of your claim and to set the right expectations for an outcome will make the entire process smoother.
We Know the Law.
It’s often said that “you don’t know what you don’t know.” At Affleck & Gordon, we know the law and the intricacies that could trip up your claim. We know the right documents needed to support your claim so that you are more likely to receive the appropriate benefits for your disability. We also know exactly what judges are looking for when a claim arrives on their bench. As we represent you before the administrative law judge, we know what each judge emphasizes in a given case. We know the legal complexities that will need to be clearly untangled and fleshed out in order to win your case.
We understand that we may join your case in the middle of the process. If we join your case later, we have less ability to communicate with the SSA on your behalf and gather important documents quickly for you. Our goal is to build your file with your medical records. It’s important that your claim connects your symptoms and medical issues to the pertinent rules and regulations, and that you have someone on your side to explain how your health and symptoms translate to a winning case. We understand how to make the all-important connection between your condition and the law and regulations.
We know the details of winning an SSI claim, so you don’t have to worry.
We Fight For You.
Simply put, the Social Security Administration may move quicker when they see that you have legal representation. They understand that legal teams take on cases deemed winnable, and that the best SSI lawyers will fight to win on behalf of their clients.
When you’re suffering from a debilitating disability and have limited resources, we understand that receiving the monthly benefits can improve the quality of your life dramatically. If your case is denied by the SSA, we also understand that those months of benefits can be years of past-due payments that the SSA could owe you if we win your case. We’re here to help. As we navigate your SSI claim together, we can champion your case to the judge,show the right documentation and medical records, and prepare an accurate claim that will allow your case to be processed quickly and, hopefully, in your favor.
Who Are We?
We’re Affleck & Gordon, and we’re a firm dedicated to assisting disabled and injured people in Georgia. Tens of thousands of our clients receive Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) with our team on their side. The only areas of law we practice are disability and injury related, By specializing in this area, we can better serve our clients with expertise and attention to detail. We want to help you and your family earn the benefits that can improve your quality of life and take care of basic needs every day. We’ve been fighting for the rights of the disabled and have assisted more than 25,000 people over our 40 years in practice, and we can help you too.
Our commitment to our clients sets us apart from attorneys in general practice. We specialize in winning SSI and SSDI for you. At our office, our beliefs about helping clients can be thought of as the following: You deserve an attorney who is professional and pleasant to work with, but who also cares about your case and is committed to representing you aggressively and zealously within the bounds of the law.
Let us help you today.
If your Supplemental Security Income claim has been denied, or you’re thinking about filing and don’t know where to start, Affleck & Gordon can help. We’ve been helping people in Georgia just like you for over 40 years. Sign up for a free case evaluation here, or call us (404) 373-1649.