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Have you been disabled from a work injury or disease where you are no longer able to work? If the disability prevents you from working for one year or longer, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

At Epperly & Follis, our Social Security Disability lawyers pursue claims for both disabled adults and disabled children, or family members of the disabled person. We have handled many disability claims and helped our clients get the benefits they are entitled to so they will be able to financially survive with a disability.

How Can an Attorney Help With Your SSD Claim?

Many of our clients come to us after being denied  benefits. The first step is to determine your eligibility for SSD.

To be eligible, you must have first paid into Social Security. If you have been working in a standard W2 job for many years, your employer is required to pay into social security.

The disability should be expected to last for at least one year, or result in death. The disability can be a result of a physical or mental condition, or a combination of a number of such conditions. To be considered disabled, a person must establish that he or she cannot perform his or her past work and be unable to perform other types of employment.

Conditions Eligible for Social Security Disability

denied social security disability in richmond va and consulting with a lawyerThere are many conditions which might be eligible for disability:

  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Genitourinary Disorders
  • Skin Disorders
  • Endocrine Disorders
  • Mental Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Immune System Disorders
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Congenital Disorders
  • Speech Disorders
  • Musculoskeletal System Disorders
  • Digestive System Disorders
  • Hematological Disorders

How Does Social Security Benefits Work?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is a federal agency that administers retirement and disability benefits, and defines disability as a person’s inability to perform any kind of work for which he or she is suited because of an injury or a medical condition.

The Social Security system provides benefits for the disabled under two separate but related programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). To get disability benefits from Social Security, you must apply. How much a person receives as a benefit depends on his or her work history, resources, and other available income.

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). SSDI is an “insurance” program that pays a disability benefit to people (as well as to their certain disabled dependents) who have paid into the Social Security trust fund through Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA taxes). The employers of these insured individuals make equal FICA contributions on behalf of the employee.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSI is a financial aid, or needs-based program that provides a basic income for disabled people who meet specific low-income guidelines. Regardless of your lack of employment history and age, you can receive SSI benefits when you become disabled.

What If I Have Been Denied Benefits?

person in a wheelchair denied disability

Have you been denied benefits? Statistics show only 30-40 percent of disability claims are approved on the first try. This means 60%-70% of all disability claims are denied on the first try and that is why you should contact the attorneys at Epperly & Follis. People represented by attorneys are more successful in obtaining Social Security benefits than people without legal representation. At Epperly & Follis, our attorneys will find out what benefits you are entitled to, and how we can help you get them.

How Does the Appeals Process Work?

If you have been denied eligibility for SSDI, you have 60 days from the date of the denial letter to request an appeal, so the sooner you contact Epperly & Follis, the better. There are typically four levels of appeal, including:

  • Reconsideration
  • Hearing by an administrative law judge
  • Review by the appeals council
  • Federal court complaint

As soon as your application is denied, call Epperly & Follis so we can begin preparing your case and gathering evidence. You can trust us to assist you with this process and help you reach a positive conclusion.

If you have any questions regarding Social Security, contact the social security disability law firm of Epperly & Follis, P.C. in Richmond, Virginia for a free consultation today at 1-888-703-0109 or (804) 648-6480, or contact us via our online Contact Form.



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