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  • Current Client Meeting

    Are you already working with our attorneys? Feel free to schedule a meeting with your attorney today!

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    Have you already applied for benefits, but want to talk to an attorney? Whether you have already applied for benefits or just started an application, schedule a meeting with our office today!

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    If you have a brief legal question about social security disability, you can schedule a 15-minute consultation with a legal representative. Please only book this appointment if you have a short question or want to speak with a representative briefly.

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  • "Understanding the Social Security Disability Approval Process: Why Persistence is Key"

    Are you worried about your chances of getting approved for Social Security Disability benefits? The approval rates might seem discouraging, but it's crucial to understand the process and why persistence is key. Three Key Stages of Applying Initial Application: This is your first shot at getting benefits. Currently, around 37% of initial applications get approved. While this might seem low, remember that many applications are incomplete or don't have sufficient medical support. Reconsideration: Denied initially? Don't despair! Requesting a reconsideration gives you a second chance. While only about 15% of reconsiderations are successful, this step is often where people win their cases with stronger evidence or by addressing errors in their initial application. Hearing: Reconsideration denied? It's all part of the endurance race. If you have gotten this far, request a hearing before an ALJ. This step is where you finally get to talk to someone about your medical issues and how they impact your life. Each ALJ has a specific percentage of awards vs denials. The range is significant, from about 28% to 91%. Only after a case is assigned to a Judge can you determine the approval rate for your specific hearing. The average approval rate is around 54% across the country. Why the Low Approval Rates? Strict Criteria: Social Security Disability has very specific definitions of what qualifies as a disability. You must prove you cannot work ANY job, not just your previous job. Incomplete Applications: Many people apply without a complete understanding of the requirements or without enough medical evidence to support their claim. What Can You Do to Improve Your Odds? Get Organized: Gather extensive medical records, work history details, and any documentation about your limitations. Consult Experts: An experienced Social Security Disability lawyer or advocate can be invaluable in guiding you. Be Persistent: Don't give up after an initial denial! Often, success comes after reconsideration or even later stages of appeal. Important Note: Approval rates are just statistics. Your case and the quality of your application matter most. Having the right attorney on your side also greatly improves your odds of getting benefits. Having the right attorney at any point in the process can greatly improve your odds of getting benefits. At ManleyReynolds, we do everything possible to get your monthly benefits quickly.

  • Updated Social Security Disability Wait Times: Strategies for Success

    Applying for Social Security Disability benefits takes time. Knowing the latest wait times can help you plan accordingly and manage expectations. Here's the current situation: Initial Applications: It typically takes about 7 months to receive a decision on your first application. Reconsiderations: If your initial application is denied, the appeals process adds an average wait of about 6 months. Hearings: Depending on where you live and the judge assigned to your case, the time to get to a hearing is often over a year from the initial application date. Key Takeaways: Preparation is Key: Understanding the process and typical wait times allows you to make informed decisions and plan your finances during this period. Build a Strong Case: The stronger your initial application, with solid medical evidence and clear documentation, the smoother the process might be. Proactive Approach Works Best: Gather medical records and consult a Social Security Disability lawyer or advocate for guidance. What can you do? Apply Even with the Wait: If you're truly disabled and unable to work, don't hesitate to apply. The benefits are well worth it for those who qualify. Stay Organized: Keep your documentation in order and update it with any new medical information. Seek Support: Disability advocates and lawyers can help you navigate the system and make the process less overwhelming. Remember: While wait times exist, getting your application started early and taking the right steps can increase your chances of a successful outcome. Are you currently navigating the Social Security Disability process or just starting to gather information for filing a claim? ManleyReynolds is here and ready to answer any questions and help you decide your best course of action, which may not be filing a claim right away; as well as step in and represent you if you are ready to file or have already filed. Give us a call at 833-438-7734. If you would prefer to text us for a callback, our text number is also 833-438-7734.

  • 2024 COLA updates

    For the 2024 Cost of Living Adjustment, those on Disability will see an increase of 3.2%. For those looking to file for Disability benefits, the maximum monthly income before taxes will be $1,550.00. This is the maximum one can earn on the job per month and still be below the SGA threshold for Step 1 of the determination process. If you are making more per month than $1,550.00 pre-tax (Gross), you do not qualify for disability benefits, even if your medical condition is severe. For those already receiving Disability benefits (SSDI), the monthly amount that will trigger a Trial Work Period (TWP) will be $1,1100.00 per month. This means that if you are working and receiving SSDI benefits if you make more than $1,110.00 per month before taxes, that amount of income will put you into a period where you can work and still receive benefits for a limited period of time before your SSDI benefits will be stopped. It is important to make sure you understand this before you decide if working and receiving disability benefits is appropriate for your situation. The maximum monthly SSI benefit will rise to $943.00 per individual person. The Government plans on continuing to reduce the SSI benefits for housing and food if you are not responsible for paying for your food and/or housing. The decrease for SSI recipients living with others who are supporting the disabled person will be $311.00 per month. Those who wish to work while receiving SSI benefits will have further reductions of their monthly check and must follow all the requirements or risk having a significant overpayment that will have to be paid back to Social Security.

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  • FAQ | ManleyReynolds, PLLC

    Frequently Asked Questions Reach us at a ttorney@getssdi.org if you cannot find an answer to your question or want more information. Each person's situation is different; these questions and answers are for general information only. Do I qualify for Benefits? The immediate answer is, "it depends". Several factors determine whether you should start a claim with the Social Security Administration. The first question to answer is whether you are currently working. If you are and you make over a certain amount of money each month, you will not qualify for benefits. The monthly allowed amount changes annually. If the answer to the first question is no or you are under the allowed amount, the second question is, are my impairments medically determinable and have or will they last for at least 12 months? If the answer to both questions is yes then you should start the application process. If you are not sure about an answer, call our office and we can dicuss the situation with you! Link to Learn Even More How long does the process take? Most Initial Applications take between 6 and 8 months. Much of this time depends on how long your doctors take to respond to the requests for records. Requests for Reconsideration generally take between 4 and 6 months. Hearings before the Administrative Law Judge take 6 to 12 months. Link to Learn Even More How much does it cost? There are no out-of-pocket attorney fees for our clients. The Social Security Administration pays our attorney fees directly from the accrued back benefits. The SSA must approve all fees before they are released. There is never a fee if you do not receive benefits. Currently, the SSA determines attorney fees at 25% of the back benefits up to $7,500.00. Attorneys are never due anything from any future benefits clients receive. Link to Learn Even More How do I start? You can start an application for benefits several ways. 1. You can call us and we will start the process for you. 2. You can go on-line to ssa.gov and start. 3. You can go to or call your local field office for an appointment to start the claim. Link to Learn Even More Can I work? People are currently allowed to work and make up to $1,550.00 per month before tax and before being approved to receive benefits. SSI benefit recipients who are working will have a deduction in the amount of their monthly benefits. Please remember any person receiving SSI must inform the Social Security Administration of any work done each month. Link to Learn Even More I have no income, what do I do? The Federal Government does not offer any temporary benefits while your claim is pending. You can contact your local DHHS office to see if you qualify for benefits through their office. Please note that some DHHS offices will require you to repay the benefits you receive from them during the pendency of your social security claim. Link to Learn Even More What does disability mean? The Social Security Administration defines disability as a medically determinable physical or mental impairment that prevents an individual from engaging in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) and is expected to last for at least 12 months or result in death. Sounds pretty simple. But what is a medically determinable physical or mental impairment? Click here for a deep dive. What is substantial gainful activity (SGA)? Click here to find out more. Link to Learn Even More I applied before andf I was denied, what can I do now? Call our office! Many times, even though someone has been denied, we are able to get them approved. Each person's case is different and we are happy to discuss your situation and let you know what we can do to help you. Link to Learn Even More Additional Questions? Call us today!

  • Diabled Note From Doctor | ManleyReynolds, PLLC

    01 My doctor says I am disabled, but SSA keeps denying me?!? Whether you can or cannot work is an issue reserved to the Commissioner. “A statement on an issue reserved to the Commissioner is a statement made by a medical source or a nonmedical source who is not part of the adjudicative team that would direct our determination or decision that the claimant is or is not disabled or blind within the meaning of the Social Security Act. We are responsible for making the determination or decision about whether a claimant is disabled or blind.” ​ Your doctor is not part of the adjudicative team at SSA and, therefore, cannot make a determination as to the ability of a person to work. READ MORE AT SSA.GOV 02 What statements are considered to be Statements On Issues Reserved To The Commissioner? These examples do not include every possibility, consider the following statements to be on issues reserved to the Commissioner. A statement indicating whether: ​ the claimant is disabled, blind, able to work, or able to perform regular or continuing work, the claimant has a severe impairment, the claimant’s impairment(s) meets the duration requirement, the claimant’s impairment(s) meets or medically equals any listing in the Listing of Impairments (Listings), the claimant has a specific residual functional capacity (RFC) using our programmatic terms about the functional exertional levels in DI 24510.006 Assessing Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) in Initial Claims (SSR 96-8p), the claimant’s RFC prevents him or her from doing past relevant work, the claimant meets the requirements of a medical-vocational rule in DI 25025.035 Tables No. 1, 2, 3 and Rule 204.00, the claimant’s disability continues or ends when we conduct a continuing disability review (CDR), a claimant’s drug or alcohol addiction is material to his or her disability, a claimant failed to follow prescribed treatment, or in a Title XVI child’s case, an impairment functionally equals the listings. ​ 03 So Now What? Is there even a reason for me to go to the doctor? READ MORE AT SSA.GOV Your doctor is really important because they help take care of your health and provide information about your condition. However, when it comes to the official decision about whether your health problem means you can't work, your doctor's opinion is just one piece of the puzzle. The SSA, not your doctor, makes the final decision regarding disability. ​ Even though your doctor can't make the final call on these things, what they say about your health is still very important. It helps the SSA understand your situation better. Back to FAQ Page

  • Step 3 | ManleyReynolds, PLLC

    Step 3: Request for Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) The next step is to request a hearing before a Judge. Again, this hearing request can be made online, in person, or by mail. If you are already a ManleyReynolds client or are contacting us for the first time, we will file this request for you. ​ The hearing is the only chance you get to talk to someone about your medical condition, your ability to do daily activities, and your ability to work. Every step before this one has been made on paperwork only. By this point, many medical records have been gathered by DDS. Hopefully, the record is complete up to this point. From the denial of the recon to the end, it is up to the client to obtain and turn in medical information. No one from the Administration will be gathering any further records on your behalf. This means as the months tick by before the hearing, you will need to get and send in the medical records for each doctor or hospital you see after the denial of the recon. When you are our client, we ensure these things are provided to SSA on your behalf. You will be scheduled for a hearing and will need to be present on that date and time to testify. Hearings at the moment are in person, on TEAMS, or on the phone. No matter the type of hearing, all hearings are the same. This is the claimant’s chance to talk to a person and help SSA decide that you are, in fact, disabled and cannot work in the job market. This is done by a series of questions and answers from the Judge. If you have hired us, we will talk to you before the hearing so that you know everything that will happen at your hearing. We will also be at the hearing with you and ask you questions at the hearing. The ALJ and our questions are designed to explain how your medical situation prevents you from working full-time in the job market. Our attorneys also prepare and submit to the judge before your hearing a detailed brief on why you are disabled, what medical records back up your position, and if you meet or equal any listings. Subsequent to the hearing, the Judge will make a written decision and send it out to you. Claimants are rarely told at a hearing that they will be getting benefits or that the ALJ is writing a fully favorable decision. The Judge can decide you are disabled, you are disabled but from a different date then you said or that you are not disabled. The letter will say fully favorable, partially favorable, or unfavorable. If the ALJ finds you are disabled, you will then receive letters in the mail stating what your monthly benefit will be and what, if any, back pay you will receive. If the ALJ finds you are not disabled, you can still appeal that decision. Claimants who go to a hearing without an attorney are approved about 35% of the time. Our office has an approval rate of about 80% before the ALJ’s. Link to Step 3 Approval Return to Our Approach Link to Appeals Call 833-438-7734 Email attorney@getssdi.org Follow

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