Is SSDI/SSI A "Do-It-Yourself" Project?

If you have decided to pursue benefits, the process begins with filling out forms/paperwork for the initial application. You can apply:

  • Online
  • By calling the Social Security Administration's (SSAs) national toll-free phone number 888-366-8134
  • By contacting your local SSA office

After submitting your application to the SSA, it will obtain your relevant medical records. All of the information is evaluated and a determination on your disability and any appropriate benefits is made. At this level, a small percentage of claims are approved.

If we file the initial application as your law firm, we will begin by building your initial application from the ground up. We know how to respond appropriately to the SSA's initial inquiries and give you any additional help you may need. Contact our SSDI process attorneys to learn how we can maximize your chances of securing the benefits you need. Call us toll free today at 888-366-8134.

Request For Reconsideration

If your initial application is denied, you have 60 days from the date of your denial notification to request reconsideration. If you choose to request reconsideration, a new SSA employee will be assigned to your claim to determine if a reconsideration is necessary.

At the reconsideration level, we thoroughly review the Social Security Administration's decision for errors before submitting a hearing request.

Request For Hearing

If your claim is denied at the reconsideration level, you have 60 days from the date of your denial notification to request a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). At the hearing, in addition to your testimony, the ALJ will likely hear from a government vocational expert and a government medical expert. If you are represented by an attorney, he or she will be able to cross-examine those experts. We also prepare you for what to expect at the hearing and attend with you.

Our focused and caring staff work hard to guide you through each element of the legal process:

  • Filing of initial application
  • Denial of benefits
  • Reconsideration
  • Second denial
  • Appeal and hearing

How Does Your Attorney Get Paid?

There is no fee for an initial consultation to discuss your case with attorney Kenneth Dobbs or his staff. If you decide to retain Dobbs Law to handle your claim, we will send you a simple attorney-client agreement for you to review and sign. Our fee agreement conforms to federal law and will be processed by the Social Security Administration (SSA) as part of the claim process. We welcome any questions you have before you sign the agreement.

Generally speaking, no matter whom you hire, every lawyer is paid the same because attorney fees are governed by federal government rules. We work on a contingency basis. We are paid if we win your case and only if we win your case.

Under federal rules, the contingency fee is limited to 25 percent of any "back benefits" we obtain for you, up to a cap of $6,000. By example, if your attorney obtains $4,000 in back benefits for you, you will get $3,000 and the attorney gets fees of $1,000. Even if your attorney gets you more than that in back benefits, the attorney can never get paid more than 25 percent of back benefits with a maximum of $6,000.

Who writes the check for attorney fees? Once Dobbs Law wins your case, the administrative law judge (ALJ) or the SSA will review our attorney-client agreement. Upon approval, he or she will order the SSA to calculate our appropriate attorney fees, and SSA will pay us directly. This system is designed to protect you and to ensure that attorneys are paid appropriately.

What Are "Back Benefits"?

When the judge grants you back benefits, any future benefits belong entirely to you; your attorney is paid out of your back benefits (where 25 percent and the $6,000 maximum rules apply). The attorney gets nothing of the health care or prescription drug benefit that they obtain for you as a consequence of winning your Social Security case. Those benefits belong entirely to you.

Contact Us To Take The Mystery Out Of The SSDI Process

For many people, the SSDI process can seem overwhelming. We started this law firm to alleviate unnecessary hurdles in an effort to help our clients secure the benefits they are entitled to. Contact our Social Security Disability lawyers today for a free initial consultation. Our toll free number is 888-366-8134.