Personal Injury Lawyer or Disability Lawyer? Which is right for you?


If you’ve been involved in an accident or have been injured because of the actions of another person, you may want to contact a personal injury attorney about filing a personal injury claim. 

However, if your condition or injury causes chronic disability, even if it has been caused by an accident or the fault of another, you may still seek assistance in filing for benefits from Social Security to assist with your medical and daily expenses. There are two programs that may be able to help: either Georgia Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). A Georgia SSDI lawyer can help.

Every year, tens of thousands of people file for SSDI or SSI. These two programs offer monthly financial support to people who are disabled to the point that they can no longer work, even if that initial injury was a part of a personal injury claim or settlement. If you are in a position to seek disability benefits because of an injury or condition that renders you unable to perform work in any economy, you may feel burdened by your emotional reaction to the changes in your life. You may also be overwhelmed by the onslaught of paperwork, laws, and regulations put in place surrounding disability benefit programs. Seeking legal advice at a time like this isn’t only for people who have already been denied disability benefits or are in a state of appeal. A strong, local disability attorney can make the process of seeking SSDI or SSI simpler for you from the very beginning of your case. 

But where do you start? 

What are SSDI and SSI?

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Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal government income program for those who haven’t paid enough taxes into the Social Security Administration system to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

SSI is funded by general tax dollars, not Social Security taxes, however, it is managed by the SSA. For those over 65 who are blind or disabled, and have little to no income, SSI provides monthly benefits to meet basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter for a disabled person and their household. These benefits can dramatically improve your quality of life and are a benefit you deserve. 

Why Would I Need a Lawyer for Social Security Benefits?

There are many ways a disability attorney can help you win your SSI claim. And although you may be initially concerned about your possible inability 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 a disability attorney partner who knows exactly what you need to win benefits.  


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At Affleck & Gordon, we make sure we conduct a thorough and free 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 or SSDI 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 your claim will be analyzed with great attention to 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. 


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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 or SSDI. 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. 

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 (SSI) 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 these areas, 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.


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