Apr 17th, 2015

What Do You Know About Social Security Law?

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Social Security Law refers to the series of laws and regulations that govern the Social Security program. It was establish to help protect, or secure, members of society from bearing too heavy a burden when catastrophic events occur. The intention was that no one individual would have to shoulder the weight of being disabled in such a way that they can no longer provide for themselves. It was also designed to help supplement the income for the elderly, who are also incapable of earning a full living wage past. Since Social Security began 80 years ago, it has evolved and changed. We here at The Law Office of Fred S. London, P.C. have been dealing with Social Security Law for the last 25 years, nearly one-third of the time that the system has been in place. Our expert lawyers and staff are here to help clients in the Baltimore and surrounding areas navigate the complexities of Social Security Law and get the assistance they deserve.

Understanding Your Rights and How We Can Help

We are here for our clients from beginning to end, offering support and guidance through every step of the application process to obtain Social Security benefits. We have compassionate attorneys and staff professionals that will explain each aspect of the application to you so that you understand what you need to do and your. You must qualify before being approved to receive benefits under the Social Security Law. For clients who clearly have a disabling medical condition, but lack adequate documentation, our well-trained staff can assess your paperwork and help you get the documentation you will need to be approved. According to Social Security Law, anyone who becomes disabled is qualified for benefits under SSDI, or SSI. The main difference in which program you apply to is dependent on the amount of money you invested into the system and your current financial status.

An Attorney is not required under Social Security Law

While an attorney is not required to file your paperwork, for residents in Baltimore, it is highly advised. There is a high rate of initial denial, and not having your paperwork professionally prepared can increase the risk of being rejected at the first step in the process. Another advantage in having one of our experienced attorneys assist you in filing for SSI or SSDI, is that you will have support with not only selecting what to file for, but how to file for it. If for any reason a claim we prepare is rejected, we do not give up. We will continue to work for you until you receive all benefits possible under the law.

Apr 15th, 2015

Understanding the SSI Application Process

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You are disabled and you can no longer work. You have almost emptied your savings account, and you need financial assistance now. You are concerned about what the future holds for you if you do not get some type of help. So, you did what you thought was right and spent a considerable amount of time and energy completing an application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). What a pain that process was! The lines were so long at the Social Security Administration’s office in Baltimore that you were afraid you would never get out of there. That day was so bad; you thought you might be the first person in history to actually die of boredom while you waited. You survived, nonetheless, and your number was finally called. The person was very little help, however. Fast forward a few weeks later, and you find out your SSDI application was denied. You were informed that you should have filed an application for Social Security Insurance (SSI) instead. Now you have to start the application process all over again. This time, you should contact an experienced SSI Attorney in Baltimore. At The Law Office of Fred S. London, P.C., we can help you file your SSI application.

What Is the Difference Between SSDI and SSI Anyway?

If you are confused about the difference between SSDI and SSI, I can assure you that you are not alone. If you are blind or otherwise disabled with a physical or mental impairment that is expected to last for at least 12 months and will prevent you from working in your normal occupation, you should complete the SSDI application. However, the SSI application should be completed by disabled persons with very low incomes and few assets. The same SSI application can also be completed by low-income individuals over the age of sixty-five years old. No matter which application you need to file, you should contact us at The Law Office of Fred S. London, P.C. for assistance.

Why Should I Get an Attorney to Help with My SSI Application?

The SSI application process is lengthy and extremely complex. Trying to complete it while managing your disability can also be stressful. At The Law Office of Fred S. London, P.C., we understand your frustrations and work closely with you to make the entire process easier. We offer a free case review and work on a contingency basis. This means you never pay us a penny unless we win your case. Not only do we complete the initial application for you, but we also review your medical evidence in its entirety to ensure we make the strongest case possible. If you have been denied, there is still hope for you. Contact us to see how we can aggressively pursue an appeal.

Apr 13th, 2015

Tips on Applying For Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits in the Washington, DC Area

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If you reside in the Washington, DC area, and you are wondering whether or not you could possibly be eligible for social security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits, we at The Law Office of Fred S. London, P.C. are available to answer any and all of these questions for you. The eligibility requirements for receiving social security disability insurance benefits are exactly the same, regardless of what state you live in. Although many people decide to apply for social security disability insurance benefits on their own, it is actually a much better idea to consult with an attorney. Here at The Law Office of Fred S. London, P.C., we serve the Washington D.C. area and we are knowledgeable and experienced in handling social security cases. We can help you start your initial SSDI application process.

SSD: Social Security Disability/SSDI Social Security Disability Insurance

SSD, which is also known as SSDI, is a United States government program that provides monetary benefits to U.S. residents who have worked long enough to have paid into the program, and are no longer able to work because they are suffering from a medical condition that prevents them from being able to do so. There are certain stipulations that must be met in order for you to be considered a disabled person. At The Law Office of Fred S. London, P.C., we can help residents in the Washington D.C. area understand what all of these specific stipulations are.

Qualifying for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits

You can be considered eligible for SSDI benefits if you meet these eligibility requirements (as determined by the Social Security Administration or ‘SSA’).

* You are currently suffering from a physical and/or mental medical condition that prevents you from being able to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA)

* Your medical condition is expected to last for at least 12 months and/or result in your death

* You are younger than 65 years old

* You have accumulated at total of at least 20 social security credits during the past 10 years before you officially became disabled (this is normally 4 credits per year, and 1 additional credit is needed for each year that the age of the recipient exceeds 42 years of age)

If you have proof that you became disabled before you were 22 years old, the work requirement is waived.

At The Law Office of Fred S. London, P.C., we can help Washington D.C. area residents find out if they qualify for social security disability insurance benefits. When you have the legal assistance of attorneys like us, who specializes in social security cases, you have a much better chance of having a successful outcome. The best part about having social security attorneys like us on your side is that you do not have to pay us any upfront fees. We only get paid if you win your case and are able to start receiving social security disability income benefits.

Apr 10th, 2015

How to get Social Security Disability Benefits for PTSD

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a medical condition that has developed as a result of a major traumatic life event. People who suffer from PTSD can suffer from debilitating symptoms that can ultimately prevent them from being able to continue to hold down a job and make a reasonable living. Someone suffering from PTSD may possibly be eligible for Social Security disability benefits if they meet particular criteria and make the proper application to the Social Security Administration.

Evidence
In order to receive Social Security disability benefits for PTSD, the individual applying for the benefit must show evidence of extreme anxiety or emotional disturbance that is brought about by regular occurrences of nightmares, flashbacks, or memoires.

Two paths to benefits
There are two ways for someone to have their request for disability benefits due to PTSD approved. The first is through medical records that satisfy the requirements for anxiety related disorders. The second way is for the requester to get a “medical-vocational allowance”.

Satisfying the anxiety listing
Someone who is suffering from PTSD needs to prove to the Social Security Administration a history of disruption in daily life that has been brought about by the nightmares and flashbacks that have been experienced. Other ways to qualify under this listing is if the applicant has suffered from panic attacks, OCD, phobias, or general anxiety as a direct result from the PTSD.

Getting a medical-vocational allowance
In order to receive a medical-vocational allowance, the Social Security Administration has to have already determined that benefits cannot be awarded under the anxiety listing although the symptoms of the PTSD that are being experienced are still severe enough to prevent the applicant from working.

Medical evidence required to prove PTSD
The Social Security Administration puts a great deal of stock in the medical records of applicants for disability benefits due to PTSD. Anyone who wants to have the application approved should be sure their medical records include detailed information about at least one episode including the duration of it and the frequency with which it happens. Any symptoms that have gotten worse with time should also be documented in the medical records, as should information regarding how the PTSD has had an effect on the applicant’s ability to function both at home and at work. It is important that the treating doctor also includes a statement regarding how his or her opinion coincides with the symptoms that have been described.

Anyone suffering from PTSD to the extent that it affects the ability to function normally on a daily basis should consider applying for Social Security Disability.

Apr 8th, 2015

The Law Office of Fred S. London, P.C. – The Best Disability Lawyer Available

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When it comes to disability law, most people are very confused. They do not know the difference between SSI and SSDI, the forms that are required or where they need to apply in the first place. However, disability claims are extremely important for people who have sustained some sort of injury which prevents them from working. For the sole breadwinner of the family, this could potentially cause extreme hardship for their family. Disability claims can prevent that from happening. For people whose disability claims are approved, the government provides a disability benefit that can help ease the financial burden. By not hiring a disability lawyer, they make it more difficult getting approval and very often can be denied.

What Can The Law Office of Fred S. London, P.C. Do For Its Clients?

At The Law Office of Fred S. London, P.C., we are dedicated to helping our clients as much as possible. Working with some of the finest disability lawyers in the industry, we provide a vast range of services to clients who are looking to get their applications filed. Unfortunately, many people do not take disability law and filling out the applications seriously. They think the process is easy. IT is not. It is always best to take the help of a professional disability lawyer, since we know what the salient characteristics of a successful application are, and can guide people throughout the process and improve their chances for success.

At The Law Office of Fred S. London, P.C., we help our clients from the start by assigning them a disability lawyer. We provide information regarding disability law, as well as the types of application forms needed. Once our clients have the basic knowledge, we provide information and assist our clients in filling out their applications. Since we have experience in this industry, we are able to ensure our clients do all that they can to maximize their chance of success.

What Happens In Case Of A Rejection?

Perhaps one of the greatest mistakes that many individuals tend to make during their disability application is not filing an appeal. Most people don’t know about the appeals process, while others feel that it is too much of a hassle. However, at The Law Office of Fred S. London, P.C.’s, we make sure that in case of a rejection, the case is appealed.

Among all the law firms in Washington, DC, that assist with disability claims, The Law Office of Fred S. London, P.C. has one of the highest success ratios in getting applications approved. Finding the right disability lawyer can be a difficult process, but at The Law Office of Fred S. London, P.C.’s PLC, you can be sure that you will be represented by the best in the business. We understand all aspects of disability law, and can help clients with basic applications to complicated appeals. We understand that disability applications can be very difficult to manage without a disability lawyer, which is why try our hardest to ensure our clients get the best possible help.

Apr 6th, 2015

Contact an SSI Lawyer in Washington DC Today

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You have worked hard your entire life. You have paid your hard-earned money into the system every two weeks, and this is the thanks you get? You were diagnosed with cancer, and now you cannot work. Your Social Security Insurance (SSI) application was denied, however, and now you have no idea what to do. All you know is that you need financial assistance now. You no longer have any income, and your cancer treatments have almost entirely eaten through your savings account. What are you going to do? You are tempted to march up to the Social Security Administration’s office right here in Washington DC and give them a piece of your mind. However, you know you would probably get placed on some weird “watch list” for ranting in a government office like that. There are better options anyway. What you need to do is contact an SSI lawyer. In fact, you should contact us at The Law Office of Fred S. London, P.C.

How Can an SSI Lawyer Help Me Once My Claim is Denied?

Just because your initial claim has been denied does not mean that it is too late for you to receive the benefits you deserve. By hiring an SSI lawyer, you can file an appeal. In fact, you should file an appeal. Unfortunately, the Social Security Administration denies most initial applications. There are many possible reasons for this, but most claims are denied because they are incorrect or incomplete. Statistics show that hiring an attorney to appeal your case significantly increases the odds that you will be awarded benefits. It is important that you hire the right SSI lawyer, however. If you live in the Washington, DC area, you should contact us at The Law Office of Fred S. London, P.C., to handle your appeal.

Let Us Help You with Your Appeal

The appeals process, like the initial application process, is long and arduous. The process culminates with a hearing before an administrative law judge. It can take close to a year to get your court date. Because of this lengthy delay, it is imperative that you are represented by the best SSI lawyer you can find. At The Law Office of Fred S. London, P.C., we have the knowledge, skills, and experience to help you successfully navigate through the SSI appeals process and hearing. In fact, we have more than twenty-five years of experience helping people just like you win the benefits they deserve. Let us help you, too! We offer a free case review and also work on a contingency basis. This means you will not pay us a dime unless we win your case.

Apr 3rd, 2015

Qualifying for Social Security Disability Insurance with Depression

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Depression can be a seriously debilitating condition. Oftentimes it can even prevent someone from being able to perform everyday functions that many people take for granted. Sometimes depression can even prevent someone from being able to work a daily job and earn a reasonable income. When depression gets to this level it is possible for the person suffering from this affliction to apply for Social Security Disability benefits to help supplement the income that is lost when working an everyday job is no longer a viable option.

What is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)?
Social Security Disability Insurance is specifically designed for individuals who have paid into the Social Security system through their employers prior to becoming disabled. Anyone who is deemed to be disabled can receive benefits regardless of income level.

Purpose of Social Security Disability Insurance
The main purpose of SSDI is to help recipients cover their day-to-day expenses such as buying groceries and paying utility bills.

Who is eligible for SSDI?
Anyone who is unable to perform “substantial gainful activity” due to impairment caused by a mental or physical issue that is expected to last at least one full year and has the possibility of resulting in death.  When the issue leading to disability benefits is a physical impairment, it is generally easy to make the determination. However, when the impairment is due to a mental impairment such as depression, it can be more complicated and evidence will be needed to prove the case.

Doctor’s opinion
One way for someone who is suffering from depression is to get documented opinions for a treating physician. If a physician’s opinion is that the depression is so severe that multiple days a month of work might be missed there is a good likelihood that disability benefits will be granted. The physician should also include a detailed explanation for the opinion in order to strengthen the case for receiving disability benefits. It should be noted that opinions from a social worker or licensed therapist do not hold as much weight as those from medical doctors.

Disability listing
One way for someone suffering from depression to be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance is if the criteria on the disability listing for Affective Disorders are met. Again, the decision on whether or not the criteria are met will be dependent on notes from treating doctors. Other factors that weigh into the decision include mental status evaluations, psychological testing, and evidence of hospitalizations.

When depression strikes so badly that working a daily job is no longer an option, it can be a frightening experience. Not knowing how one is going to put food on the table or pay the never-ending pile of bills can make the situation even worse. In cases like this, it is good to know that there might be help available. Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance and supplying the proper documentation can literally be a lifesaver to someone suffering from depression.

Apr 1st, 2015

The Benefits of Having a Social Security Disability Lawyer in the Washington, DC Area

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If you are currently a resident of the Washington, DC area, and are thinking about applying for social security disability insurance benefits, at what part of the SSDI application process should you decide to consult with a social security disability lawyer? The answer to this question is ultimately up to you; however, it can always be a good idea to consult with a social security disability lawyer before you begin the SSDI application process. At The Law Office of Fred S. London, P.C., we provide Washington D.C. area residents with specialized social security legal services.

Completing a Social Security Disability Insurance Application
There can be a lot good reasons to have a social security disability lawyer help you with the SSDI application process. First, you have to determine whether you are eligible to apply for SSDI benefits. It is a good idea to have attorneys like us standing by to help you with this process because we know what these requirements are and can let you know if you meet them. We can also answer any question you may have about the eligibility requirements. The Law Office of Fred S. London, P.C. can assist residents of the Washington D.C. area with every step of the SSDI application process.

Once you have determined that you are eligible for SSDI benefits, you will then need to fill out and submit an initial SSDI application. There are two ways to apply for SSDI benefits. You can apply online by using the electronic online application that is available on the social security administration website. The other way to apply for SSDI benefits is by calling the social security association’s toll-free number to schedule an appointment where you can physically file your application at your nearest SSA office in the Washington D.C. area.

A Social Security Disability Lawyer Can Help With SSDI Applications
Before you complete your initial SSDI application, you really should consult with a social security disability lawyer to assist you with this step. The attorneys at The Law Office of Fred S. London, P.C. can walk you through the entire SSDI application from start to finish, and can even answer any questions you may have about completing your application. There is a large amount of information required in order to complete a detailed and thorough SSDI application.

When people attempt to fill their SSDI applications out on their own, those applicants most often end up being denied. One of the main reasons why SSDI applicants are denied is because their applications do not include enough medical information to prove their claim. One of the benefits of having a good social security lawyer like the ones at The Law Office of Fred S. London, P.C. to assist you in completing your SSDI application is that we can help you collect all of your medical information to ensure that you ultimately submit a more comprehensive and meticulous application for SSDI benefits.