At the Law Office of Richard A. Culbertson, we work to provide you with the information you need to decide whether to apply for disability benefits and to help disabled people establish eligibility for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income.

At the Law Office of Richard A. Culbertson, we specialize in Social Security law. Our trained staff provide the advice and assistance you need to pursue your Social Security claim. Some of the ways we can help include:

    1. Analyze your case considering current Social Security law and determine what benefits you are eligible to receive.
    2. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your claim.
    3. Help strengthen your case be referring you to doctors and drafting questionnaires for medical providers to complete.
    4. Supplement your claim with updated records and reports.
    5. Obtain evidence from you medical providers to support your claim.
    6. Provide all needed forms.
    7. Help you file any necessary appeals.
    8. Represent you at an administrative hearing.
    9. Prepare written arguments in support of your claim when appropriate.
    10. Keep you updated as to the status of your claim.
    11. Calculate the correct amount of any retroactive benefits you are due.
    12. Answer questions you may have about your claim.

 

Social Security Disability is split into two categories: SSI and SSDI pict11

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
SSI is a monthly payment from the SSA to people with low income/resources who are considered disabled and incapable of doing substantial gainful activity (SGA).

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Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
Social Security Disability Insurance is a monthly wage replacement benefit for those who have in the past: 1) worked; 2) paid into the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) tax (payroll imposed tax); and 3) are unable to work for a year or more because of their disability.

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The 7 levels of Social Security Disability.

PRE FILING

Disability is a difficult topic, but the first step is to understand the basics.  Disability is split into Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

NOTE: **At this stage, you must first file, and then we can assist you.** 

1) http://www.ssa.gov/applyfordisability/

2) If you want representation after filing, call us at: (407) 894-0888. For a speedier route, please fill out our "New Client Interview Form".

ALREADY FILED

If you have already filed for social security disability online or via mailing in forms, you can now seek representation.  The following required files can either be filled out online, over the phone, or at the office:

NOTE: **Some of these forms are tricky, so call the office, ask questions and don't be shy.**

1) New Client Interview Form (Online Submission Form/Print Out Form)

2) SSA-827 (Authorization to disclose info)

3) SSA-3441 (Disability Report Appeal)

 

DENIED AT INITIAL SS STAGE 

If you have already filed for social security disability online or by mailing in forms, you can now seek representation.  If you have been denied at the initial level of Social Security,the following required forms can either be filled out online, over the phone, or at the office:

NOTE: **Some of these forms are tricky, so call the office, ask questions and don't be shy.**

1) New Client Interview Form (Online Submission Form/Print Out Form)

2) SSA-827 (Authorization to disclose info)

3) SSA-561 (Request for Reconsideration)

4) SSA-3441 (Disability Report Appeal)

 

DENIED AT "RECONSIDERATION STAGE" 

If you have already filed for social security disability online or by mailing in forms, you can now seek representation.  If you have been denied at the reconsideration level of Social Security, then you will be seeking a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).  The following required forms can either be filled out online, over the phone, or at the office:

NOTE: **Some of these forms are tricky, so call the office, ask questions and don't be shy.**

1) New Client Interview Form(Online Submission Form/Print Out Form)

2) SSA-827 (Authorization to disclose info)

3) SSA-501 (Request for Hearing)

4) SSA-3441 (Disability Report Appeal)

 

DENIED BY THE ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE 

If you have already filed for social security disability online or by mailing in forms, you can now seek representation. If you have been denied benefits by the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), then you will be seeking review by the Appeals Council.  If you have been denied by the Appeals Council, you may file in the Federal Court System.

DENIED BY THE APPEALS COUNCIL 

If you have already filed for social security disability online or by mailing in forms, you can now seek representation.  If you have been denied benefits by the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), then you will be seeking review by the Appeals Council.

APPEALED TO FEDERAL COURT 

Claims that are denied may be appealed to the Federal District Court (e.g. Fifth District in downtown Orlando).  This is the first stage in the Federal Court system. Depending on your location and filing, you will be assigned a judge for Florida in district 1 through 5.  These proceedings are highly formal.

You may appeal from the District Court to the 11th Federal Circuit Court.  You may appeal from the Appeals Court to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court of the United States is the final court that a Social Security Claim can be appealed to.  It is the law of the land, and its decisions are final.  The decisions that come from this court are binding on all courts including both Federal and State.

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THE TWO TYPES OF SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY

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What is "Supplemental Security Income"?

SSI is a monthly payment from the SSA to people with low income/resources who are considered disabled and incapable of doing substantial gainful activity (SGA).

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What is "Social Security Disability Insurance"?

Social Security Disability Insurance is a monthly wage replacement benefit for those who have in the past: 1) worked; 2) paid into the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) tax (payroll imposed tax); and 3) are unable to work for a year or more because of their disability.

 

We are here to help.

If you are disabled and unable to do the work you once did, call Richard A. Culbertson at (407) 894-0888 or contact us online for a free initial consultation.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Disclaimer: The following is general information only. The Social Security Act and related regulations, rulings and case law should be used or cited as authority for the Social Security disability programs.

 

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