Social Security Law

Social Security Disability is a program of the Federal Government designed to provide monthly payments to a disabled individual. If you are under age 65 and unable to work, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. If an injury or illness prevents you from returning to your job, you may qualify for monthly Social Security disability payments. Rates are set by federal guidelines. There are two programs that people may qualify under:

  1. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) also called Disability Insurance benefits or Title II, is funded by the FICA tax, which is the payroll tax paid by employees and employers. Applicants who have worked have paid into the Social Security system over the years.
  2. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) also called Title XVI, is a needs-based program funded by general taxes. Applicants have limited income and resources and their monthly payments are need-based.

At age 50 to 54 and again at age 55 to 60, the Social Security Administration lowers the requirements for proving disability. The rationale is that the older an individual gets the harder it is to perform the work in a job that you have never done before. Click above on the Free Consultation button to fill out the free case evaluation and we will get back to you promptly, or call 800.309.0500.

Over-Age-50 Disability Claims such as the samples below are handled successfully by our Social Security lawyers:

  • Chronic impairments like cancer, diabetes, heart conditions, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), etc.
  • Spinal disorders like herniated or bulging discs, failed back syndrome, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves, heavy lifting damage from repetitive stress injuries, etc.
  • Physical impairments like knee and hip replacements, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc.
  • Mental illnesses like schizophrenia, depression, etc.

If you are over 50 years of age or older, Social Security makes it easier to prove your disability case. If you are 50+ and no longer able to do your past job, we understand that it may be difficult to rehabilitate yourself to conduct other work. The Social Security Administration recognizes that you have most likely conducted the same type of work for a long period of time and you may be less adaptable to new work situations and demands. If your past work was unskilled or semiskilled and there are no sedentary jobs that require your previous skills, then you may be found disable and qualify for benefits. Click above on the Free Consultation button to fill out the free case evaluation and we will get back to you promptly, or call 800.309.0500.

If you are 55 years of age or older, you are unable to do more than light work, you have no transferable skills, you may be found disabled and qualify for benefits. As an individual ages the rules shift again and become easier to prove a person’s disability.

Explanations of what constitutes sedentary, light, medium, heavy, and very heavy work are readily available when you contact our offices. In general, and according to the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT), sedentary work includes exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body, sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time. Light work includes exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, may require walking or standing to a significant degree or sitting includes pushing or pulling of arm or leg controls, working at a production rate pace with consistent push or pull of materials. Medium work includes exerting 20 to 50 pounds of force occasionally, 10-25 pounds of force frequently, and up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects, with demands in excess of those for light work. Heavy work includes exerting 50 to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 25 to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or 10 to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects, with demands in excess of those for medium work. Very heavy work includes exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects, with demands in excess of those for heavy work.

No matter your age, if you are applying for Social Security Disability benefits, or if you have applied unsuccessfully and are now appealing, your chances for a successful result will increase greatly if you are represented by an experienced Social Security attorney. Our legal team gets results for their clients. Our legal team have been recognized by their peer members numerous times and have been awarded the prestigious Martindale Hubble AV Peer Review Rating which indicates a high level of ethical standards and legal ability. They have also been named Super Lawyers and are member of the Alabama Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice. Our Social Security Legal Team at Wettermark Keith is on your side and wants to help you through every step.

We encourage you to speak to our Social Security Legal Team. Click above on the Free Consultation button to fill out the free case evaluation and we will get back to you promptly. If you wish to speak to us directly, call any of our offices or on our toll-free number:

  • All Locations                     800.309.0500 / 877.715.9300
  • Birmingham Office          205.933.9500
  • Chattanooga Office          423.342.2600
  • Huntsville Office              256.536.8010
  • Montgomery Office          334.284.0014

Contact our Social Security Disabled Widow and Widower’s Attorney for a Free Case ReviewIf you are a widow or widower you want to make sure you receive all the benefits that you are entitled to when your spouse passes.

Contact our Social Security Disability Attorneys for a Free Case ReviewApplicants cannot be expected to understand the disability application process without experience or training.

Obtain a Free Adult Child Case Review from our Disability Attorneys – Because the majority of Social Security Disability applicants are initially denied benefits, it is extremely important to make sure your application is correct and complete when you apply.

Our Mental Disability Attorney Teams Help Clients Over the years, our seasoned mental disability lawyers have helped a multitude of clients recover the benefits they need after they are no longer able to work. Our top attorneys have extensive experience in handling cases involving mental impairment and employ a team of legal experts to justify your claim in disability hearings.

Contact our Social Security Appeals Attorneys – If your claim for Social Security Disability benefits was denied, do not hesitate to contact our law office right away. A majority of all initial applications for SSD and SSI benefits are denied and must be appealed in order to be successful. The appeals process, however, is not something a person should try to take on without professional appeals lawyers on their side.

Contact us to Help Appeal Your Denial –A denial is not necessarily permanent. There is a substantial appeals process established and the applicant certainly can appeal their case. In fact, there are four levels of appeal: reconsideration, hearing by an administrative law judge, appeals court review and federal court review. In order to increase your chances of a successful appeal, it is advisable to represented by an experienced attorney.