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Social Security Disability

Helping claimants in the greater Charleston area

If you suffer from a disability, medical or psychological problems, you have the right to seek SSDI/SSI benefits. But the Social Security Administration makes it very difficult and denies more than half the claims filed. Many people file a claim and are anxiously waiting for their benefits only to get a denial letter. The Social Security disability attorneys at Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC can help.

The criteria the agency employs to determine eligibility for SSDI/SSI benefits is extremely strict and submitting an application is difficult. You will be required to present full documentation to support your need for benefits and any minor error or omission in your application will lead to a denial or a long delay. You simply cannot take chances when you are suffering from a disability.

Whether you want to file your initial application or appeal a denied claim, our attorneys can help you. We carefully review your case and provide the skilled and compassionate representation you need during this tough time.

We know how to handle the SSA's rules and terms

Keep in mind: The SSA narrowly defines "disability." To be eligible for benefits, your condition needs to meet this definition. Specifically, it must be a "medically determinable" physical or mental impairment. Your condition must be diagnosed or capable of being diagnosed. It must also prevent you from being able to engage in any "substantial gainful activity." You cannot earn monthly income that exceeds a specific amount set by the SSA.

If the SSA denied your claim, it may have been because you simply failed to provide the evidence which a reviewer needed to decide your case. We can help you to gather and present that evidence in your appeal.

Generally speaking, the types of benefits we seek for clients fall within two categories:

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - You can qualify for these benefits if you are younger than age 65, you have a condition that meets the SSA's definition of a "disability" and you have earned enough "work credits." Your spouse and children may be eligible to receive these benefits as well based on your work record. The spouse, child or, in some cases, the parent of a deceased worker may be eligible for survivor benefits.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) - These benefits are based on your need - not your work credits. You may be eligible for SSI if you are age 65 or older, blind or suffer from a qualifying "disability," regardless of your age. Additionally, you must have a limited income and limited resources. (The SSA adjusts those threshold amounts every year.)

We understand how important Social Security disability benefits are for your survival. You can trust us to work hard for you and pursue the maximum amount of benefits. Contact us today to speak with one of our attorneys.

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Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC
602 Virginia St E #200
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: 304-720-1000