Social Security Disability
HARRELL LAW OFFICE
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Chris Harrell has been representing Social Security claimants for over twenty years and has experience with all levels of disability appeals, including before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. He served as chair of the Louisville Bar Association’s Social Security Disability section and is an active member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR). Chris frequently lectures at legal seminars about Social Security issues and has been published on the subject of Social Security Disability law.
If you choose Chris to assist you in your claim, he and his staff will work to collect your medical records to submit to Social Security and can also assist you in completing forms and questionnaires in order to develop your best case before the Social Security Administration. We will also handle the cumbersome process of filing appeals.
If your case is scheduled for hearing, Chris will accompany you to the hearing with the Administrative Law Judge. Because his only office is in Louisville, Kentucky Chris is mainly able to focus on representing clients from the local area, including Southern Indiana. As a result, he is familiar with not only the local Social Security judges but also the local physicians and service providers. This is a level of familiarity that Disability firms outside of the area are unlikely to have.
Do You Qualify for Benefits?
When considering whether an individual is disabled under its rules, Social Security takes multiple factors into account. Not only will Social Security look at your medical conditions, but it will also evaluate your work history, education level, and age to decide whether your mental and physical conditions are severe enough to keep you from working. It is important to remember that each case is different, so you should not compare the likelihood of the success of your own claim based upon the success of someone else’s.
You should know that if you are currently working full-time or if you are receiving Unemployment Insurance Benefits (UIB) at this time, you will not qualify for benefits until you are no longer doing either. Social Security considers UIB to be "income" and you are not able to draw disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for any month in which you have received UIB.
Social Security has two programs designed to assist disabled persons:
If you are not sure if you qualify for Disability Insurance Benefits you can contact the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 or create a “My Social Security” account to review your past earnings history.
Please understand that Social Security does not allow our office to file your application for you. If you have not yet applied for benefits, please do so. There is not a fee to apply, and delays can sometimes hurt your chances of success. We do not have a magic formula that will help improve your initial application, but encourage you to tell Social Security about all of your medical issues. To file a claim for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDIB) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits, contact Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 or visit www.ssa.gov/applyfordisability.
Please feel free to contact our office at any point in your claim process. We are always happy to answer questions you might have. Chris does not charge any fee for your initial consultation. If he is successful in helping you to win disability benefits, Chris’s fee is usually withheld from any back-pay that you receive from Social Security. We do not charge you any fee if you do not win your claim.
Our office does not require you to wait until you have been denied benefits to consult with you about your case. However, we do request that prospective clients have started their initial application. We are not able to file your application on your behalf. Chris will be happy to meet with you to review your situation and discuss your claim (We do offer appointments with Chris via phone or Zoom.). Please understand that while Chris may be able to give you his opinion about whether your case is "strong" based upon your description of your medical diagnoses, it is very difficult for him to be able to know whether you have a “good claim” before he has had an opportunity to read your medical records.
What to Bring With You to Your Appointment
When you come in to meet with Chris about your Social Security Disability Claim, there are several things we need for you to bring with you: