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When you work and earn wages social security tax is deducted from your earnings. A portion of this tax is allocated to the social security disability fund. You paid for it, and if you become disabled you expect to receive social security disability benefits. It is common for the Social Security Administration to deny initial applications and Requests for Reconsideration. However, if you file an appeal many claims are granted at the hearing level. Mark L. Newman, Attorney at Law, can represent you at an Administrative Law Judge Hearing and help get you the benefits you are entitled to.

Do You Qualify For Disability Benefits?

To be eligible for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you must have a severe physical or mental impairment that is expected to prevent you from working for at least 12 months. When evaluating your disability claim, the Social Security Administration uses the following five-step sequential evaluation.

  1. Are you working? If you are currently working and earning more than $1180 per month in 2018, such work will be considered substantial gainful activity and your claim will be denied.
  2. Do you have a severe physical or mental impairment? The Social Security Administration will consider your impairment severe if it significantly limits your physical or mental ability to perform basic work activities.
  3. Does your condition meet a Social Security Listing? If your condition meets or equals an impairment listed in the Social Security Listing of Impairments you will be found disabled. The Listing of Impairments is a list of physical and mental conditions considered severe enough to prevent you from working.
  4. Are you able to perform your past work? You must establish that you can no longer perform the jobs you had in the last 15 years. When determining whether you can do your past jobs the Social Security Administration will compare your current physical and mental limitations to the physical and mental demands of your past jobs.
  5. Can you perform any other type of work? At this step in the process, the Social Security Administration will evaluate your current physical and mental limitations, age, education, and transferable skills to determine whether you can do any other type of work.

Mark can help you file an appeal and guide you through the complicated disability process. He has more than 25 years of experience helping people at all levels of the process including the Initial Determination, Reconsideration, and at Hearings Before an Administrative Law Judge.

Get Personalized Representation From An Experienced Lawyer

Mark will give your case personal attention, gather the medical evidence to support your claim, and represent you at your hearing. Some of the other work we will do on your case includes:

  • Obtain medical records and reports from your doctor
  • Analyze your case under the Social Security regulations.
  • Hire a vocational expert to evaluate your ability to work.
  • Obtain documents from your social security file.
  • Prepare you to testify at your hearing.
  • Cross-examine adverse witnesses at your hearing.
  • Submit a written summary of the evidence and argument to the judge.
  • Make sure the Social Security Administration calculates your benefits correctly.

Mark L. Newman will represent you on a contingent fee basis, which means we are not entitled to attorney fees unless you are awarded disability benefits. If you have questions, about applying for Social Security Disability, or need help filing an appeal, please call us at 513-813-7616 or contact us by email.