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If you or a family member are unable to work due to an injury or illness, you may be entitled to disability benefits under the federal Social Security Act. These benefits do not depend on your age or income. They are for anyone who is totally disabled as that term is defined in the Social Security Act. Disabilities may include but are not limited to impairment of:

  • Physical abilities
  • Psychological disabilities
  • Vision
  • Respiratory (lung) function
  • Circulatory (heart) function
  • Renal (kidney) function
  • Psychological function

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits may seem simple, but if you do not completely and properly fill out the necessary forms and provide relevant medical records, your claim may be denied. Learn more by visiting the Social Security FAQ page. The Social Security Administration has an internal appeals procedure, but understanding the rules and regulations can be difficult. If the administrative law judge denies your appeal, your final recourse is to take the matter to federal court or the Appeals Council. The sooner you seek legal counsel, the better your chances are of obtaining a prompt and favorable decision on your claim.

We Have Experience With Law And Medicine

Successfully appealing a denial of Social Security Disability benefits often requires knowledge of medical procedures and terminology. Mr. McNeal has been helping the disabled in East Alabama for over 40 years. He understands the medical requirements and records as well as the law. Dealing with a disabling injury or illness is difficult enough. Let us handle your claim and appeal process.

When Experience Counts, Count On Marrell J. McNeal Attorney at Law, PC

If you need experienced legal representation in Opelika, Alabama, and the surrounding area, call 334-275-4368 or contact Marrell J. McNeal Attorney at Law, PC, online to schedule an appointment today. Your initial consultation is free for Social Security Disability cases.

Social Security Disability FAQ

Eligibility for SSDI is dependent upon the degree of disability that the applicant faces and to what degree that disability affects his or her ability to perform a job within the national economy. Your work history must be long enough to qualify for SSDI. If your work history is not long enough, you may still qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which would pay benefits to you.

In some cases, you can continue working and receive SSDI benefits, but these are complex situations. Contact us for more information.

Payments may initiate six months from the onset of your disability. Determining and demonstrating the onset date can be challenging. That is why it is important to contact us as soon as possible, so you can develop a detailed application that accurately describes when your disability began.

There is no charge for attorney services from Marrell J. McNeal unless your case is successful. If you do win, a fee of 25% of past due wages is applied, with a maximum of $6,000.

If your application for SSDI was denied, contact us as soon as possible. You only have 60 days to request a hearing. The appeals process can take time — anywhere from 11 to 22 months. The earlier you take action with help from a lawyer, the more efficiently you move through the process.

Your disability benefits are converted to retirement benefits when you reach retirement age.

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