Helping Disabled Obtain The Benefits They Deserve

More than half of initial applications for Social Security Disability benefits are denied. Many people are surprised to receive a notice of denial and are uncertain what steps to take next.

At Dirk Padgett Law PLLC, we help residents of the Roanoke Valley recover the disability benefits they deserve. We represent clients at every stage of the process of applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), from initial applications to appeals and hearings before administrative law judges.

Our experience with the SSDI process allows us to collect the medical records and other information necessary to present the strongest possible case on your behalf. We are committed to maximizing your recovery, and we only get paid if we help you obtain disability back pay.

We Bring Clarity To A Confusing Process

You are probably aware that Social Security taxes are taken out of every paycheck you receive. You may have suffered an injury in a car accident or workplace accident that prevents you from working, or you have debilitating injuries from years of manual labor. In order to receive disability benefits, you must prove that:

  • You are unable to do the work you did before
  • Your disability has lasted or is expected to last a minimum of 12 months or will result in death
  • Your medical condition prevents you from performing any other type of work

In addition, you must have paid Social Security taxes for at least 10 years before you became disabled.

The application process is paperwork intensive, requiring extensive medical records, work records and financial information. Many applicants feel overwhelmed by the bureaucracy and try to cut corners. This results in a number of rejected claims. Many of our clients reach out to us after their initial claim has been denied, but others seek assistance completing the initial claim.

A Denied Claim Is Not Final

Too often, a person whose initial claim for disability benefits is denied gives up or starts over with another claim. Both responses are incorrect. There are four levels of appeal that you may take if your initial claim is denied.

There is a good chance you will need to appear at a disability hearing. This is an opportunity to present medical evidence regarding your disability and why you are unable to perform your job or any work. These hearings are where our experience benefits you.

You have 60 days from the date you receive your notice of a denied claim to appeal the decision. Because these cases are so time-sensitive, it is important to reach out to us as soon as possible. The earlier we get involved, the better.

Meet With A Knowledgeable Disability Benefits Attorney

We welcome the opportunity to review your situation and provide a candid assessment of your legal options. Call 540-904-1630 or use our online contact form to meet with a Virginia lawyer who understands SSDI and who knows how to recover the benefits you deserve.