Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions from the Soloway Law Firm

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Why should I hire an attorney?

Hiring an attorney is an important decision. Here at the Soloway Law Firm, we are knowledgeable in Social Security disability rules and regulations. We use this knowledge to assist claimants file claim(s) and appeals for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) at every level of the social security claims process. We obtain all the proper medical documentation and assist you in completing all forms to support your claim and get you the benefits you deserve.

Is filing a Social Security claim worth the time and effort?

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits is not a walk in the park. Many people assume that applying for Social Security Disability benefits comes with minimal complications. In fact, over 80% of cases are denied at the initial application. Although this can be a discouraging and frustrating experience, it is important not to give up and lose the benefits that you are entitled to. It is vital that you appeal a denial if you really feel that your condition prevents you from working. Here at the Soloway Law Firm, our team of experienced attorneys is ready to help you fight for your benefits at every level of your claim.

How can I stay afloat while waiting for Social Security benefits?

Applying for SSDI and SSI can be a long process. Here at the Soloway Law Firm, we understand your situation. While we cannot provide financial relief, we provide our clients with a free Help List of resources. This list provides the names, addresses, phone numbers and descriptions of the services provided by various organizations located in Pensacola and throughout the Emerald Coast. These organizations aid residents who are in dire need of help.

Is there a way to get my Social Security Disability benefits faster?

Yes, the Social Security Administration is obligated to provide SSDI and SSI benefits quickly to applicants whose medical conditions are severe and which obviously meet Social Security’s definition of disability through the Compassionate Allowances Initiative.

This is not a separate program from the SSA’s two disability programs, SSDI and SSI. Rather, it is simply a way to expedite a claimant’s application should his or her medical condition meet the List of Compassionate Allowances Conditions (CAL). Individuals with a qualifying CAL condition may receive a decision on his or her claim in a matter of weeks instead of months or years. View the current CAL list on the SSA website. Contact the Soloway Law Firm today to speak to one of our experienced attorneys to see if you qualify.

How does Social Security define disability?

Disability is governed by an individual’s inability to work. The Social Security Administration considers individuals to be disabled under their rules if they meet the following criteria:

The claimant cannot do work they did before;
The SSA determines that the claimant cannot adjust to other work due to his or her medical condition(s); and
The Claimant’s disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.

Don’t hesitate! Contact the Soloway Law Firm today to speak to one of our experienced attorneys to see if you qualify for disability benefits.

What is the attorney fee for Social Security Disability cases?

Here at the Soloway Law Firm, we take Social Security cases on a contingency basis, meaning that we don’t get paid unless we win your case. Moreover, attorney fees are limited by Federal law. The Social Security Administration (SSA) can approve a fee of 25% of any back-due benefits, or up to $6,000, whichever is less.

For example, if you win your case and you are entitled to $10,000 in back-due benefits, the Social Security Administration will deduct $2,500 from this amount as our fee and send it directly to us. You will then receive a check for your back due benefits for $7,500. Our fee is only deducted once, and all future benefit checks are free of any attorney fees. Attorney fees awardable may only exceed the $6,000 cap when your case has to be litigated beyond the SSA in the Federal Courts.

Why should I hire the Soloway Law Firm to handle my Social Security Disability case?

The Soloway Law Firm has achieved a state, regional and national reputation for performing the highest quality legal work in all its areas of practice. Daniel M. Soloway has received the highest rating available in the United States for legal ability, integrity, and ethics from Martindale-Hubbell, which has been rating attorneys on the basis of peer-review by lawyers and judges for over 130 years.

Moreover, we take pride in our ability to resolve some of the most challenging and complex cases to ensure that our client gets every penny they deserve. Here are a few main reasons why you might greatly benefit from our help:

You will be dealing with highly experienced, winning Social Security Disability lawyers who have a proven track record of successfully fighting the Social Security Administration.
At every level of the claims process, your case will be carefully reviewed, evaluated and analyzed. In addition, you will have direct access to our lawyers and paralegals who answer all your questions and concerns, all in an effort to mold your case into a winning claim.
Applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be stressful! Here at the Soloway Law firm, we take the stress of filing for disability off your shoulders so you can concentrate on your health.

Call our office today to speak to one of our attorneys to schedule a free consultation at (850) 471-3300. We look forward to hearing from you!

Will I be entitled to Medicare health insurance benefits if I get Social Security Disability benefits?

Yes. If you win your social security claim and are awarded Social Security disability benefits (SSDI), you will qualify for Medicare 24 months after the date you became eligible for monthly disability benefits. Thus, it is important for you to take action as soon as possible and apply for SSDI benefits. Unfortunately, your dependents will not be eligible for Medicare even if you are eligible.

Get Answers to Your Social Security Disability Law Questions!

At the Soloway Law Firm, we provide personal attention to each and every client. We care about our clients and aggressively represent their interests. Our entire team believes that the way to win cases is through the honest sweat of hard work, each day, every day. We try to work harder than our opposition to achieve victory for the most important part of the Soloway Law Firm — you, our client.