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Lovins Trosclair is excited to announce that we are now handling Social Security disability claims. We feel this is a natural extension of our personal injury practice. Many of our clients have sustained life-altering injuries and need Social Security disability benefits to survive. So rather than send them to another attorney, as we did in the past, we decided to handle the Social Security claims right here in our offices.
So how can we help you? If you have an injury or illness that prevents you from earning a living, you may be entitled to either Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). In a nutshell, SSDI is disability program for individuals who have a sufficient work history and have paid sufficient taxes into the system before becoming disabled, whereas SSI is a needs-based program that provides a benefit for basic costs of living, even if you do not have a long work history. The most important difference between the two programs is that SSI benefits tend to be much lower than SSDI benefits. We are ready to help with both SSDI and SSI claims, from the application process through the exhaustion of all appeals.
So what are the perks of having an attorney on your side throughout this process? For starters, the application process can be extremely confusing and stressful. Most people are denied on their first application, often due to errors or incomplete information in the application. However, statistics show that a person’s chances of being granted Social Security benefits increase drastically once they retain an attorney and file an appeal. Having an attorney to guide you every step of the way, from the application process through the appeals process (if necessary), can make a world of difference in not only your stress levels, but your chances of being awarded SSDI or SSI benefits.
Also, if your claim is initially denied, you will likely need to go before an administrative judge to appeal the denial. We know what to expect from these judges. We will prepare you for the hearing, gather the documents we need to prove your case, retain the expert witnesses we may need to establish your disability, and generally increase your chances of being awarded benefits.
So if you or someone you know would benefit from Social Security disability benefits due to illness or injury, give us a call. All initial consultations are free, so why not take advantage of it? We look forward to hearing from you.