Social Security / Disability
The attorneys at Wusinich & Brogan are experienced in helping you obtain Social Security or other disability benefits to which you are entitled such as short-term and long-term disability benefits. Over the years, our attorneys have handled hundreds of these types of claims. Because we also handle workers' compensation cases and automobile cases, we know all the types of claims an injured person may have and how they interact with each other.
I. Social Security Cases
We have helped many clients obtain Social Security benefits or disability benefits for various conditions. These conditions have included:
- herniated spinal discs;
- failed back syndrome;
- heart arrhythmias;
- coronary artery disease;
- knee and hip replacement surgery;
- stroke and its after effects;
- bipolar disorder;
- personality disorders/obsessive compulsive disorder
- multiple sclerosis
- chronic pain syndrome
For those who are unable to work because of injury or illness, Social Security benefits may be available. Disabled workers may be entitled to Social Security disability insurance. The amount you receive will be based on how much you have paid into the system through your payroll taxes. For those without a strong work history, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), a needs-based program, is available.
Almost all people who apply for benefits are denied at the initial level. It is only when you appeal and request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge that you have your best chance of obtaining benefits. We know how to help you understand the Social Security bureaucracy and will prepare you for the hearing. This is done by obtaining the medical records and reports which the Judge will need to grant a favorable decision. More importantly, we will help you in your testimony so that you can explain to the Judge how your impairments affect you on a daily basis and why, at this point in your life, you are unable to work.
Disability is defined by the Social Security Administration as being unable to perform full-time work of any kind in the national economy. This disability must be expected to last for at least one year. It does not matter if your disability is based on a physical condition or a medical condition.
II. Short- and Long-Term Disability Cases
We are proud to provide representation of those who have short- or long-term disability claims as well. Persons who have such claims are usually subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and must follow certain defined procedures in a benefit plan. The plans often have strict deadlines. Our representation of you is made easier if you consult with us as soon as you perceive a need for benefits. It is important to place your best foot forward if you wish to be approved for benefits. Early consultation is important to protecting your right to benefits.