Legal Help For The Disabled

If you are disabled due to injury, illness or other conditions, you know how hard it can be to earn a living. State and federal government programs are designed to help, but working through the bureaucracy to actually get the benefits you need can be time-consuming and intensely frustrating.

A skilled lawyer can help you at many stages in the process, from filing the initial paperwork to administrative hearings to appeals in court.

At Flanigan Law Office, we help disabled people and their families fight to receive the benefits they need and deserve.

Understanding Social Security Disability Benefits

The Social Security Administration is best known for its benefits for retired workers, but it also provides benefits for people with physical, mental and other conditions that make it impossible for them to earn a living. The two major programs are known as Social Security Disability Insurance (also known as SSD or SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (or SSI).

To qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you typically must show that you have one or more of the health issues on the Social Security Administration's long list of qualifying conditions. As with retirement benefits, the dollar amount of your SSD benefits will be based upon your previous earned income.

Supplemental Security Income is a separate program with a separate source of funding. These benefits are not tied to previous income. SSI benefits typically go to people 65 and older, to the blind and to people with other disabilities that leave them with little to no income. The benefits are intended to cover basic needs.

Appealing Your Social Security Claim

Applying for SSD benefits can be a frustrating process, and most claims are denied the first time. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration provides an extensive appeals process.

The help of a skilled attorney can be extremely important during the appeals process, which can take about 18 months, depending upon the circumstances. At Flanigan Law Office, we help clients through every stage of the process and work hard to get them the benefits they need.

Get Started Today

For experienced help with Social Security benefits, call Flanigan Law Office today at 304-716-4172. You can also contact us through email. We offer a free initial consultation.

We represent clients in Princeton, West Virginia, and the surrounding areas, including Mercer, Summers, Monroe, McDowell, Greenbrier and Wyoming counties.