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SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY

OVERVIEW
Many times people become both physically or mentally disabled and unable to return to work. If you have paid Social Security taxes (usually FICA deductions off your paycheck) you may be eligible for these benefits. Generally Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits pay you now what your old age retirement benefits would have paid you if you had worked through retirement age. Benefits may also be payable for your minor children. If you are injured on the job, you may be entitled to receive both workers compensation and Social Security Disability benefits.

In order to obtain SSDI benefits you should see an experienced SSDI lawyer like those at Morgan & Murphy, LLP. For over 25 years we have been representing Social Security Disability applicants in claims before the Social Security Administration. We have handled many types of disability claims, including:

• back injuries
• neck injuries
• cancer
• lung and breathing problems
• heart attacks
• amputations
• carpal tunnel
• Hepatitis
• arthritis
• fibromyalgia
• Epstein-Barr syndrome
• reflex sympathetic dystrophy
• bipolar
• anxiety
• depression
• schizophrenia
• manic depressive
• narcolepsy
• cataplexy
• diabetes
• peripheral neuropathy
• vision and hearing problems
• scleroderma
• multiple sclerosis

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  • AM I ELIGIBLE FOR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABIITY BENEFITS?

    In order to determine eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits, the Social Security Administration looks at your age, education, prior work experience and extent of disability. In order for most people to be found eligible for SSDI benefits, they need to prove that there are no jobs that exist in the national economy that they can perform taking into account their age, education and work experience.

    You must prove your own case to the Social Security Administration .They have no obligation to prove that you are not disabled; rather, you must prove with medical evidence that you do have a disability that meets all the requirements of the law. In order to do this, it is recommended that you hire an experienced Social Security Disability attorney like those at Morgan & Murphy to assist you in obtaining the necessary medical and vocational evidence to prove your case.

    THE APPLICATION PROCESS

    The application process for SSDI benefits is lengthy and time consuming. You should consult an attorney to assist you with the forms if you are having difficulty with them. Social Security Disability lawyers do not charge you hourly; rather they charge a percentage of the retroactive benefits if you are successful, and nothing if you lose.

    An application for benefits must be filed at your local Social Security office. You must show that you are, or expect to be disabled from all employment for a 12 month period. You must provide an accurate work history and an accurate list of your medical providers.

    The Social Security Administration will then determine your eligibility for benefits. Many people are denied benefits. It is very important that you not get discouraged if you get a denial; rather these benefits are difficult to qualify for but also worth fighting to obtain. If you are denied SSDI benefits and believe that this was a wrong decision, you should immediately appeal this decision and hire an experienced Social Security attorney like those at Morgan & Murphy.

    Eventually most applicants go to an administrative hearing in order to obtain their SSDI benefits. It is imperative that you hire an experienced SSDI lawyer to represent you in court that day. We can assist you in obtaining medical evidence and in cross examining the government’s witnesses.

    WHAT AM I ENTITLED TO?

    If successful, you are entitled to receive your retroactive benefits in one lump sum and then monthly checks into the future. This can add up to several thousands of dollars. In many cases you will be able to get Medicare benefits to pay for medical care. Retroactive and monthly checks are also available to your minor children.

    ATTORNEYS FEES

    Everyone can afford an experienced Social Security attorney, as federal law requires an attorney to charge no fee unless successful. If you lose, you pay nothing. If you win, your attorney will be paid 25 percent of your retroactive benefits up to a maximum of $5300.00. You do not have to worry about paying your attorney, as the payment for attorney fees will be deducted directly from your retroactive check.

    Filing and pursuing your SSDI claim can be confusing and complex. Call Morgan & Murphy, LLP today for a free consultation concerning your Social Security disability claim.

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    Sample of Verdicts

      $150,000 settlement on a SLIP AND FALL ON ICE AND SNOW. The client underwent surgery for a broken leg after he slipped and fell on the sidewalk outside his home. We recovered pain and suffering, lost wages and medical expenses for the client.

      $80,000 settlement for a slip and fall at a convenience store on a wet floor. The client sustained several broken bones. The convenience store defended saying that there were "WET FLOOR" posted throughout the area. Despite that the defense, we were able to get the insurance company to pay for medical expenses and pain and suffering.

      $30,000 settlement for an OUT OF STATE DOG BITE CLAIM. We contended that the dog's owner was strictly liable for the injury to the finger and we were able to settle the claim successfully without having to leave Massachusetts.

      $100,000 policy limit settlement for a person injured in an auto accident. During arbitration we successfully argued that the plaintiff's pre-existing, congenital Chiari Malformation was aggravated to such an extent by the injuries sustained in the car accident that they became disabling and in need of surgical correction. The arbitrator agreed and ordered the insurance company to pay the entire amount of its policy.