Norfolk Social Security Disability Attorney
Representing Norfolk, Newport News & Roanoke
You should be able to begin collecting Social Security benefits after you have retired, especially if you have paid into it since the beginning of your work life. If you have worked long enough and become injured or ill to the point you cannot continue working, it seems fair to begin drawing on your social security benefits. This is referred to as Social Security Disability benefits.
What Is Disability?
Regarding Social Security Disability benefits, "disability" is defined as:
"The inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months."
The Social Security listing book lists dozens of problems that may keep you from performing your job. These problems include, but are not limited to:
- Anxiety disorders
- Back and neck problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Chronic pain syndrome
- Degenerative disc disease
- Mental impairments
- Mental retardation
- Pain impairments
- Personality disorders
- Physical impairments
- Seizure disorders
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
You've paid a portion of your paycheck to Social Security for as long as you can remember. You trusted that money would be there for you when you needed it. But now that you're disabled and unable to return to work, the benefits you counted on aren't coming through. What can you do?
Why Do I Need a Social Security Disability Lawyer?
Most people who apply for early Social Security benefits are turned down a minimum of two times, even when represented by a qualified Norfolk Social Security lawyer. If you're injured, unwell and struggling to get the disability benefits you desperately need, you don’t need double talk. You need a quick solution.
An administrative law judge will hear your claim before you can receive your disability benefits. It is strongly recommended you have an attorney by your side at this stage. Of course, there is no guarantee that your benefits will be awarded, but retaining an experienced social security lawyer in Norfolk can guarantee your case will be appropriately developed for the hearing.
Since the majority of claimants have no idea how to go about advocating for themselves, preparing their case for the hearing, gathering the necessary records or even understand the maze of Social Security Disability rules and regulations, your attorney can be an invaluable help in winning your case. Additionally, the “date of onset,” or the date when your disability payments begin, can be affected by the length of time with which you have suffered from your disability.
A lawyer familiar with disability claims understands this, and knows that convincing the courts to accept the earliest date of your symptoms as the beginning of your disability may mean more ‘back pay’ for you. Kalfus & Nachman PC can help to answer your Social Security Disability questions.
Overall, while an attorney is not a prerequisite, it is extremely unwise and may result in losing your benefits altogether. Click here to learn more about the SSDI process.
How Our Norfolk Disability Lawyers Can Help
At Kalfus & Nachman PC, we've helped hundreds of people get the disability help they are entitled to. If you are or expect to be totally disabled for a period of 12 or more months, you may be entitled to disability payments from the Social Security Administration.
The process of applying for early Social Security Disability benefits can be long and frustrating. Without legal help, it can take up to 2 ½ years to get benefits. Hiring Kalfus & Nachman PC to help you receive these benefits can significantly lessen this waiting period. We have solid experience and understand complicated federal regulations governing Social Security Disability claims. We'll help you get through the system to get the benefits you need.
Proudly serving clients in Norfolk, Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth, Roanoke, and Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Contact us online or by phone at (855) 880-8163 today to begin the filing process. “Tell Them You Mean Business.”