Americans With Disability Act
Social Security Disability
Adult Disabled Children
Our disability advocates provide nationally recognized, exclusive representation of the disabled in matters against the Social Security Administration. Our disability advocates will help you from the very beginning of the process including filing the initial claim, reconsideration appeals, all DDS/SSA forms and interrogatories, hearing appeals before the U.S. Administrative Law Judge, Appeals Council, and Federal Court actions.
Long-Term Disability Cases against major disability insurance companies such as MetLife, Prudential and Unum. We represent disabled insured employees when denied LTD Benefits whether the claim is under an individual or group policy.
The ADA is a wide-ranging civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability. It affords similar protections against discrimination to Americans with disabilities as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which made discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, and other characteristics illegal. In addition, unlike the Civil Rights Act, the ADA also requires covered employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities, and imposes accessibility requirements on public accommodations
DISABILITY PROGRAMS OFFERED BY SSA
- Social Security Disability Insurance under Title II oftentimes referred to as “SSDI” or (“SSD”) or (“DIB”)
- Supplemental Security Income Under Title XVI, oftentimes referred to as (“SSI”)
- Widow/Widower Benefits;
- Adult Disabled Children Under Age 22.
MOST COMMON REASONS GIVEN BY SSA WHEN DENYING A DISABILITY CLAIM
- You are not disabled enough to do your past relevant work (SSA usually specifes a job you did in the past). This is called a Step 4 denial.;
- Your medical conditions cause limitations, which may prevent you from doing certain jobs you did in the past but you are not disabled enough to do “other work” found in the national economy. We call this a Step 5 denial.
- You have not worked enough to earn sufficient Quarters or Credits to be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance;
- Insufficient evidence to establish “disability” before your Date Last Insured (SSA usually specifies the exact date of your “Date Last Insured”);
- An appeal was not filed within the sixty (60) day deadline of the denial letter.
SSA Statistics on Percentage of Disability Claims Denied
The percentage of applicants denied benefits at the initial claims level averaged 75 percent over the same period and ranged from a low of 69 percent to a high of 75 percent. The percentage of applicants awarded at the reconsideration and hearing levels are averaging 3 percent and 13 percent, respectively. Denied disability claims have averaged 58 percent. In 2012, nearly 800,000 disability recipients had their disability benefits ceased or terminated.
Top Ten Leading Causes of Disability in the U.S.
- Back Pain
- Heart and Cardiac Problems
- Mental or Emotional Problems such as Severe Depression or/or Anxiety
- Blindness or Severe Vision Problems
- Lung, Respiratory and other Breathing Problems
- Deafness or Hearing Problems
- Stiffness or Deformity of a Limb or Extremity (Hands, Feet, Legs, etc.)