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VetLaw is a national law firm with its physical office located one block from the Winston-Salem, North Carolina Regional Office. However, we serve veterans nationwide in the VA appeals process, and have successfully represented veterans throughout the country. Most consultations can be done over the phone, or by video chat if preferred. If you elect to have a hearing, founding member and VA accredited attorney…
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You should apply as soon as you are no longer able to work because of your illness. There is no benefit to waiting or requirement that you wait. Expect a decision generally in three to six months, although it can take longer depending on the completeness of the work and medical history that is provided, and the level of investigation that is required in your…
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You and your attorney will appear before an administrative law judge (ALJ). Hearings are relatively informal compared with a hearing in a criminal or civil court. You will be asked to testify about a number of issues regarding your health and issues that may help the judge define your disability. There may be expert witnesses. A decision will not be given at the end of…
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Often one of the major hurdles that people have if they are preparing their own applications for benefits is the fact that they are very likely to be unfamiliar with the way in which the SSA expects information to be submitted. Our attorneys are very familiar with how to present medical evidence to the SSA to create a finding of disabled. Further, the steps beyond…
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The majority of people who file for disability benefits are initially denied. This does not mean that you will not be eventually granted disability benefits. Many people who were initially denied do eventually receive benefits at some later point in the process such as at a hearing or appeal. The process for determining the validity of a claim has many steps. Our attorney can explain…
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Unless your condition is extreme, it is difficult to predict who is qualified to receive disability benefits from the SSA. The real question is, “do you believe you are disabled?” Has your illness or injury had such a dramatic impact on your life that you can no longer work or enjoy your personal life? If so, then you should pursue disability benefits.
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Yes, we can. Our firm offers its skill and experience to help those who are applying for SSD or SSI benefits in the filing of an application.
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This is wrong. In most cases, in fact, initial applications for benefits are denied. Our attorney has a wealth of experience in these claims, and we can help you with the appeal process to get the benefits you need.
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This is true in the case of SSD, but it is a myth in regards to SSI. Supplemental Security Income is intended to be something like a welfare program, helping only the poorest of disabled workers with the basic necessities of life. For this reason, SSI does not pay out benefits to people who have assets over the specified limits. In regards to SSDI eligibility,…
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This is incorrect, unfortunately. As long as a worker can do some substantial gainful activity (SGA), that worker is not considered disabled and is therefore ineligible for benefits. If you were once a CEO making $1 million a year, and now, because of an injury, illness, disease or another ailment, you can only make minimum wage at a local grocery store, you are not considered…
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