Nationwide Social Security Advocates
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is notorious for denying applications for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits. If you have applied for benefits and been denied, we understand that it can be discouraging, but we encourage you to not lose hope. As long as you meet the qualifications for obtaining benefits, there is a good chance that we can help you appeal the decision successfully. While it may take some time, we should be able to get you the benefits that you need and deserve.
The advocates at Prince & Associates provide nationwide Social Security representation. We fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Our professional and experienced staff is able to handle referrals at the initial claim stage, reconsideration stage, hearing stage, Appeals Counsel stage or Federal District Court stage. We insulate the claimant from the process by completing of all necessary Social Security forms at each level.
Eligibility For Disability Benefits
To be eligible, a person must be unable to do any kind of substantial gainful work because of a physical or mental impairment (or combination), which is at least for twelve (12) months. Alternatively, the disability must be “reasonably anticipated” to last for at least twelve (12) months. In either case, the fact of disability must be proven by competent and substantial medical evidence. This can include medical reports from physicians; psychiatrists; physical therapists; podiatrists; chiropractors and other providers.
“Disabled” for the purposes of claiming Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits means you have a condition that prevents you from earning a minimum monthly income as a full-time employee. The listed disability must also have either lasted or is expected to last for 12 continuous months, or is expected to result in death. There is an official listing of medical impairments maintained by the Social Security Administration of approved medical conditions. This list includes, but is not limited to:
- Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
- Chronic coronary disease
- Digestive tract problems such as Crohn’s disease, liver disease and hepatitis
- Head Trauma
- Heart Disease
- Herniated Disc
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
- Joint Problems
- Kidney Disease
- Liver Disease
- Mental disorders such as anxiety, autism, depression and PTSD
- Parkinson’s disease
- Repetitive Stress Injury
- Sense Impairments such as hearing and vision loss
Each disability case is considered on an individual basis. Therefore, you may still be eligible even if your condition is not listed above.
Find Out If You Qualify For Disability
Applying for disability benefits can be a challenging process for disabled individuals, especially if the disability makes otherwise normal daily activities difficult. Eligibility for SSI or SSDI benefits is based on a number of factors. At Prince & Associates we understand how navigate these very specific procedures.
There are (3) three ways to file an initial application for Social Security Disability:
- In-person application at your local Social Security Office. Locations of the Social Security Office can be obtained by calling the Consumer Affairs Office of the Social Security Administration at telephone (800) 772-1213.
- Apply online at Social Security’s website: SSA.Gov.
- A telephone application can be made by scheduling an appointment with the Consumer Affairs Office of the Social Security Administration, at telephone (800) 772-1212.
Benefits You Can Receive
Benefits are paid to disabled workers and their families and to the families of deceased workers. A disabled claimant will receive the same monthly benefit that he or she would receive at full retirement age of 65. An adult who was disabled as a minor, even at birth, is eligible for Social Security Disability benefits under a special program. Minors can be eligible for Social Security Income, if strict income and asset requirements are met.
Has Your Disability Claim Been Denied?
About 75% of applications are denied administratively as a nationwide average. The only option is to APPEAL the decision within sixty (60) days of the date of the denial letter from the Social Security Administration. If you don’t appeal, it will be required to file anew and start the process again.
Social Security Disability Attorney Scherrie L. Prince and her advocates represent claimants in the appeals process. Claimants represented by a law firm have a higher rate of success than those without attorneys. Our firm will gather medical and vocational evidence, including contacting your physicians to answer specific questions that are required to demonstrate disability. Our advocates will prepare evidence and testimony for a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge and represent you in court.
NO FEE Unless We Win Your Case!
Please keep in mind that getting benefits can be a long, time-consuming process. That is why it is so important that you get started as soon as you can. If you have not already applied, we encourage you to do so. You can contact our firm to discuss your application, or to learn about your options if your application has been denied.
Attorney fees are contingent; if benefits are not won, no fee is due. Fees are paid based on the value of 25% of past due benefits or a maximum of $6,000.00, whichever is less. All attorney fee arrangements must be set forth clearly in the fee agreement with your attorney and are always subject to strict approval by the Administrative Law Judge.
Contact us online or call (888) 844-9406 today for a free and confidential consultation!