At Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, we focus our legal practice exclusively on helping individuals with disabilities get the financial help they deserve from the government.

If you are disabled and unable to work, you may be eligible for disability benefits from either the Social Security Administration or from the Veterans Administration.

Visit our website for complete information.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Appealing a Denied SSDI/SSI Claim

A recent accident has rendered your body’s lower half temporarily paralyzed. You are now unfit for work as a skyscraper window washer for an indefinite time period. Problem is, when you applied for a Social Security Disability Insurance claim, your claim got denied and you’re left dumfounded, asking why.
Fortunately, the journey doesn’t have to end there. Eligible persons have the right to appeal for their denied insurance claim. These can occur at any of the social security system’s three claim appeal processing tiers.
The first level is the Reconsideration phase. Here, the person has the chance to submit his counter-statement, additional evidence, and all other requirements that might have gotten missed before. If the person meets all conditions, the claim will be approved.
If denied a second time, the claimant can go up to the Hearing phase. This is significantly longer – fifteen months is usually needed for a hearing to be scheduled. This can be done within 75 miles of your residence, or by video conferencing. You can present yourself alone or with a lawyer to an administrative law judge, some medical experts, and you may call in witnesses.

With the third denial, the claimant can request an Appeals Council review of the Administrative Law Judge’s decision. If the claim is denied for the fourth time, the person has the basic right to seek a social security lawyer and take the case up to the Federal Court. 

Friday, February 21, 2014

Social Security Disability Eligibility: Claiming Well-earned Benefits

Determining a person’s Social Security disability eligibility status after application is a long process that involves a series of interviews and bulky paperwork. Indeed, some applications last for up to 120 days. The quickest way to succeed in the application is to hire a lawyer.

A skilled Social Security Disability lawyer can help you with the paperwork but more importantly will provide proper representation. As someone who’s well-versed in the disability application process, your lawyer can smooth out any issues that might prolong your wait for your well-deserved benefits. In case your initial application has been denied, a lawyer can help you make an appeal.

Social Security Disability Eligibility 101

Workers in high-risk occupations often face severe disability risks that can render them unable to earn a living on a permanent basis. Fortunately, employees can address that risk by paying into Social Security so they can qualify for disability benefits as the need arises.

Employees need to meet certain requirements before they can be considered eligible for Social Security benefits. For starters, employees must have substantial work histories and disabilities expected to last, or have lasted, for 12 months. Qualification, in turn, depends on age and duration of work, which are stipulated as follows.

On or before the age of 24, employees must have 1.5 years of work during the 3-year period ending with the quarter their disability started. In the quarter after age 24 but before the quarter before age 31, employees must have worked half the time for the period starting with the quarter after turning 21 and ending with the quarter they became disabled. Finally, in the quarter after age 31 onwards, employees must have worked during 5 out of the 10-year period ending with the quarter their disability started.

The moment disabled employees meet any of the above eligibility requirements is the moment they can file for Social Security benefits.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Social Security Lawyers Mark 20 Years of Excellence in Law Practice

Parkersburg, West Virginia (February 10, 2014) – Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, L.C., is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. The firm, which is home to some of the most highly respected personal injury and social security lawyers in the area, is expected to hold various events throughout the year.

Established in 1994, the firm has grown and expanded, with 107 current staff members who maintain reliable law services for clients in different parts of West Virginia and North Carolina. The firm continues to specialize in Social Security and VA benefits, as well as Personal Injury cases through their partnership with Atty. Jim Leach.

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