Highly Experienced Social Security Disability Representation
Being unable to work due to a disabling condition can be a very frightening situation for anyone. It may be that your only means to financial stability is a successful Social Security Disability claim. You have found one of the best Social Security lawyers in Brian McGovern. Brian started doing Social Security Disability claims in 1992, before he had graduated from law school.
Types of disability programs
There are two types of disability programs. The first is the well-known Title II Social Security Disability (SSD). The second is Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Both require you, the claimant, to qualify due to your physical and/or mental conditions. SSI also requires you to qualify financially. Basically, with SSD you are asking to receive the social security money that was taken out of all your paychecks earlier than your retirement because you can no longer work. That is, you are unable to engage in substantial gainful employment. SSI may be available to those who are not eligible for SSD which is typically due to an insufficient work history.
The Disability Process
The process begins by completing an Application for benefits either at your local office or online. You will need to provide your work history for the past 15 years and the names and addresses of your medical providers. Most applications are denied at this stage. You will have 60 days to appeal that first denial by completing a “Request for Reconsideration.” Most appeals are also denied. When you have been denied benefits for the second time, give Brian a call. This is because the next appeal requires you to attend a hearing in front of an Administrative law judge and you need an expert to assist you in preparing for and attending this hearing. Brian has a clear understanding of the system, and what needs to be done to win your disability claim. Brian McGovern has over 20 years of concentrated experience with injury, disability and death claims, making him one of the best Social Security lawyers in southern Illinois.
Brian will focus our firm’s energies and resources on your Social Security Disability claim. He provides personal attention, expert guidance, and complete diligence in:
- Evaluating your disability and overall situation upfront, in light of many years of experience and knowledge of the Social Security system.
- Assessing your condition, medical treatment and other factors essential to pursue a successful claim for you.
- Establishing a legal strategy necessary to comply with Social Security Administration (SSA) criteria, in order to win your claim.
- Meeting with you personally to prepare you for your hearing and cover your expected testimony and the evidence supporting your claim
Brian has helped people with a wide range of physical injuries, life-altering diseases and severe mental impairments get all the Social Security benefits available to them. Brian meets personally with clients at our offices in Mt. Vernon, which are handicapped-accessible with free parking available steps away from our door.