Skilled Georgia Lawyers Fighting to Help You Get the Social Security Disability Benefits You Need
Our experienced Cook County attorneys are powerful advocates for the disabled
Thousands of people in Georgia suffer from illnesses and injuries that leave them unable to work and in serious need of Social Security disability benefits. At the Adel law firm of Carter, Carter & Carter Attorneys at Law, LLC, we see many clients who are frustrated by constant harassment from bill collectors who refuse to accept that they have a disability and cannot work. Some need help navigating the complex Social Security disability system or have had their benefit applications denied. If you find yourself in a similar situation, our attorneys can look at your circumstances and see what we can do to help.
Get help preparing your initial disability claim
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has notoriously complex steps people must follow to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). While it is possible to file your initial disability application on your own, doing so increases the possibility of claim denial.
Our Georgia SSDI attorneys know what the SSA looks for on an application. While SSDI is an insurance program that is available to anyone regardless of other assets, there are eligibility requirements, including having enough work credits based on your age at the time you became disabled. We can assist in making sure nothing is left out on your application and that you’ve provided a clear picture of why you need benefits when the SSA panel reviews it.
Understanding the SSDI application and appeals process and timeline
There are several different stages to the SSA’s disability claim process. Each stage presents an opportunity for either approval or denial.
- Application — The initial application starts things off. Expect the SSA to take three to five months to make an initial determination.
- Hearing — About two-thirds of initial applications are denied. If this happens, you can request a hearing. The average wait time to get a hearing is about 18 months, but your attorney may be able to expedite it, depending on your situation. Many claims that were previously denied get approved at the hearing stage.
- Appeals Council review — If your claim is still denied after the hearing, you can request an Appeals Council review. This is the final option within the SSA.
- Federal court — If you go through all of these steps and the SSA still denies benefits, you may want to speak with your lawyer about pursuing a lawsuit in federal court.
Our firm has significant experience handling all stages of the Social Security disability process.
Get a free consultation with a Social Security disability lawyer in Georgia
For help obtaining Social Security disability benefits, rely on Carter, Carter & Carter Attorneys at Law, LLC in Adel, Georgia. Please call 229-896-4513 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.