Since 1978, Gold, Khourey & Turak has helped thousands of people with their Social Security Disability claims. We know the Social Security system, and we know how to get you your benefits. GKT has an attorney dedicated to handling Social Security claims. He will guide you through each step of the Social Security process, and represent you in front of a Judge at Hearing, if necessary. You can trust in our knowledge and experience to present your information in a manner that provides the best opportunity to obtain benefits for you.
If you’re disabled and can no longer work, contact our office today for a free consultation. If you have not yet applied, we may be able to assist you with your initial application. If you’ve applied and have been denied, you only have 60 days from your denial letter to file an appeal. Don’t go through this complicated process on your own – We can help. Contact our office today at (304) 845-9750 or complete the consultation form. We look forward to speaking with you.
Don’t Give Up – We Can Help!
If you’re like most workers, you spent the majority of your life paying into Social Security. Now that you’re disabled and can no longer work, you expect Social Security Disability benefits to be there to help you and your family. However, the majority of claims are denied by Social Security and many people just simply give up and stop trying. DON’T GIVE UP! If you’re disabled and can no longer work, we can help.
Denied? Don’t Wait! – You ONLY have 60 Days to Appeal
Have you been DENIED Social Security Disability benefits? You only have 60 DAYS to appeal. Contact our office at (304) 845-9750 and we will provide a free consultation to discuss your rights. There is no upfront cost to retain us, and there’s never a fee unless we win your claim.
Social Security Disability Frequently Asked Questions
What is Social Security Disability?
This is commonly referred to as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). SSDI is payroll tax-funded, as you work a portion of your wages is paid into Social Security. Think of Social Security Disability as a type of insurance: you are the beneficiary and the government is the insurer. If you become disabled, SSDI pays you a monthly benefit based upon a percentage of your wages calculated by the Social Security Administration.
What is Supplemental Security Income?
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federally funded program to assist those who are disabled and have little or no income.
How does Social Security define a disability?
We understand that being disabled for any period of time and unable to work can be very difficult. However, Social Security uses a different standard. Social Security only considers you “disabled” when you have a disabling condition that is expected to last a year or more. If you are disabled and unable to work, contact our office today for a free consultation. We may be able to help you obtain benefits.
Does Social Security consider age a factor when determining disability?
Age is one of many factors Social Security considers when determining if someone is disabled. Age affects your ability to do certain kinds of jobs, and eligibility is based on how your condition affects your ability to work. Presently, Social Security uses the age of 50 as a guide to the screening process. If you are under 50 years of age, your disability must prevent you from doing any and all types of work, even if that includes taking a job that pays you less than what you previously earned. If you are over 50 years of age, Social Security only considers your ability to do your past types of employment or “past relevant work.”
What types of conditions are considered disabling?
There are many disabling conditions that can prevent you from working, and they include both mental and physical conditions. Common physical conditions are back problems, amputations, severe arthritis, uncontrolled diabetes, heart disease, and many more. Mental conditions are often overlooked but can be just as debilitating. Common mental disabling conditions include severe bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and psychosis. Proving that your condition is “disabling” according to Social Security can be difficult. Contact our office and we can help you through the process. We offer a free consultation to discuss your case, and there’s never a fee unless we win your claim.
How do I prove to Social Security that I am disabled?
Medical evidence documenting your disability is critical. If a person is treating with a specialist as opposed to their family doctor, Social Security may view the condition as more severe. Don’t be discouraged if you are not currently being treated for your disabling condition. You can seek treatment and establish disability while your application is pending.
How can I apply for Social Security benefits?
It depends on the type of benefit you are seeking. Contact our office today and we can help you through the process.
The process can be difficult and tiring, but don’t give up. If you need help, we may be able to assist you with your initial application and, if you have been denied, your appeal. Contact our office today at (304) 845-9750 or click here to fill out our online form and we will get back with you usually the same day or the next business day. Remember, if you have already applied and have been denied, YOU ONLY HAVE 60 DAYS TO APPEAL. You should contact our office immediately for help with your appeal. We offer a free consultation to discuss your situation.
How much detail should I go into about my disability in my application?
You should be as specific and detailed as possible in your application. Instead of using general terms such as “back problems,” you should be specific when explaining your condition, such as “degenerative disc disease.” If you do not fully understand your condition, you should speak with your doctor. The more you know and understand about your condition, the better position you are in to successfully prove your case to Social Security. If you are unsure and unable to fully understand your disability, we may be able to help you. Contact our office at (304) 845-9750 for a free consultation, or complete our online form and someone from our office will contact you no later than the next business day.
When can I apply for Social Security?
You should apply as soon as you discover that you have a disabling condition and can no longer work.
What are the steps in the Social Security process?
Social Security claims can potentially go through four different stages:
- Initial Application: In this stage, you complete your initial application and provide the requested documentation to the Social Security Administration. Currently, the estimated time to receive a decision on the initial application is typically between three and six months, but can be shorter or longer.
- Reconsideration: If your initial application is denied, you must file an appeal or reconsideration within 60 days of receiving your notice of denial. This is the first step of the appeals process. You are likely to wait between three and five months to receive a decision at this stage.
- The Hearing Stage: If your request for reconsideration is denied, then the next step is to request a hearing in front of an administrative law judge. You must file your request for a hearing within 60 days of receiving your denial at the reconsideration stage. Currently, the wait time from filing a Hearing request to the actual hearing is approximately 670 days.
- Appeals Council: If your claim is denied at a Hearing, you have 60 days to file another appeal. At this stage, the Appeals Council will review the judge’s decision to determine if the decision was in accordance with the law. You should expect a wait time of about one year for this decision.
If your initial application has been denied, you only have 60 days to appeal. It is important you contact our office as soon as you receive your initial denial so we can begin working on your appeal.
I applied for Social Security and was denied, should I be concerned?
No, more than 65% of all claims are denied at the initial application level. The rate of denial at the reconsideration level is even higher. The best chance to get approved for benefits is at the Hearing stage. If you have been denied, YOU ONLY HAVE 60 DAYS TO APPEAL. It is crucial that you contact our office as soon as you are denied so we can begin working on your appeal. We can help.
What can a Social Security attorney do for me?
Since 1978, our firm has helped thousands of people obtain the benefits they deserve. We understand the Social Security system, and we know how to get you your benefits. Having Gold, Khourey & Turak on your side greatly increases your chance of winning your claim. We know how to present your information, which puts you in a better position to be approved for benefits. If you are denied at the initial level, we can help you include all the right information in your Request for Reconsideration. If the claim goes to a Hearing, we will represent you in front of a Judge.
How long does it take to become approved?
The initial application level takes on average 3-6 months. The Reconsideration level also takes around 3-6 months. The average wait time for a Hearing is approximately 670 days.