Why work with an Attorney?
The legal issues involved in a social security disability case can be complex. I can help you identify the strengths and weaknesses in your case and build on those strengths. In doing so we can avoid legal pitfalls and prepare the best possible case. We will also collect relevant evidence and communicate with your medical providers about your conditions, and deal directly with Social Security.
Can I get approved if I have a letter from my Doctor?
One of the most important pieces of evidence in any disability case is a detailed statement from a treating doctor addressing the very specific limitations that limit your ability to work.
Unfortunately, in many cases a doctor will write a simple conclusory statement that says that a person can’t work. This type of statement carries very little weight with social security. In order to be useful a doctor’s statement must address the exact extent of a person’s symptoms and limitations.
How do you get paid?
Federal law governs how a social security attorney can be paid. In most cases a representative will receive up to a maximum of 25% of backpay awarded in your case. This payment is awarded only if you win your case, and only if there is backpay involved. Some people will only receive payments going forward. When an attorney is eligible to receive payment it is usually withheld from your backpay award by the social security administration and sent directly to the attorney.
Do I qualify for Free Attorney Services?
In cases where a client is receiving Medical Assistance or other financial support from Minnesota I may be able to waive fees and instead ask be compensated by the state of Minnesota through a contract with DHS. If you are receiving MN state benefits please ask about the fee waiver option.
Can I work and still receive Disability?
A person can still receive Social Security Disability if they are working a small amount which is considered less than Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA). In 2014 the monthly amount for SGA is $1070 per month. Be aware however, that after you are approved for Disability you cannot continue to earn this amount for more than 9 months or your benefits could cease.
After you are receiving benefits, earnings over $770 per month will trigger a trial work period. Please click this link for more information. http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/COLA/twp.html
Are my Conditions severe enough to be considered Disabling?
This is always a complicated question. Please contact me for a thorough analysis.