Georgia Social Security Disability Claims
Georgia residents who become disabled may file for Social Security disability benefits. Filing for SSDI or SSI benefits is easy - you can visit your local Social Security office, you can file your claim on-line or you can call Social Security toll free at 800-772-1213.
There is no charge to apply and if your medical condition improves and you are able to go back to work, you can simply dismiss your disability benefit claim.
Because Social Security is a federal government program, Georgia disability claimants go through the same process as disability applicants in other States. Georgia disability claims may take longer to process than disability applications in other States because of the backlog here - do not be surprised if you end up waiting two years or longer for your case to be scheduled for a hearing.
How a Georgia Social Security
Disability Lawyer Can Help You
I am a Social Security disability lawyer who represents individuals in their claims for Social Security benefits. Sometimes, I get involved in cases early on in the process and sometimes I am hired weeks or even days before a hearing.
As your attorney, my job is to obtain and organize evidence that will help me argue to an Administrative Law judge that you satisfy Social Security’s definition of disability. Sometimes this evidence is already in your claims file but frequently I have to obtain it directly from your doctor.
Often your doctor will want to help, but may not know how - after all most doctors are focused on treating you, not compiling records for the Social Security Administration. Having tried hundreds of cases before dozens of judges, I have good sense about what judges are looking for. Often I will work with your doctor to obtain checklists that help translate your medical issues into specific work limitations.
In addition, as part of my representation, I am responsible for updating your claims file in preparation for your hearing. When you first apply, Social Security employees are responsible for updating your file - once you request a hearing, however, you (or your lawyer) must assume this responsibility. Judges appreciate having case files that are complete and up-to-date and a happy judge is more likely to find in your favor.
As your disability lawyer, I will prepare you to testify before the Social Security judge and I will work with you to identify the arguments that best support your case. For example you may have two or more medical or mental health issues that prevent you from working. My job as your lawyer is to review your medical records and to identify the strongest argument for your disability case.
No Fee Unless You Win
If you decide to hire me, I accept most cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that there is no fee unless I recover past due benefits for you. I have been a practicing lawyer in Georgia for over twenty years and I am backed by a well trained and dedicated support staff.
How to Use This Disability Web Site
I created this web site to serve as a resource for you to learn more about Social Security disability in Georgia. Each section of this web site is organized to allow first for a quick read, and then for in-depth knowledge. I will also provide you links to relevant posts at my Social Security disability blog and to episodes of my Social Security disability podcast.
You are welcome to e-mail me with questions or to call my office at 770-393-4985 if you want to discuss your case