Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income Disability & Federal Court Appeals

Our Social Security Disability Attorneys Help People Win the Benefits They Need.  Over the years, Seward, Tally & Piggott, P.C. has assisted hundreds of clients in securing benefits through the Social Security Disability Insurance and Social Security Income programs.  

If you have been injured or suffer from a serious, debilitating illness that prevents you from working, you may be eligible for Social Security benefits.  We are very experienced in assisting disabled individuals with claims at all levels. We specialize in Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income Disability and Federal Court Appeals.

Attempting to win your case on your own can be a daunting task.  Not only are you dealing with your physical and/or mental condition, you also have to work through the often complicated legal process.  

If you are considering applying for benefits or if you have already been denied benefits, contact Seward, Tally & Piggott, P.C. We will help you prepare medical documents, job records and legal applications to develop a strong case.  Unlike many other law firms, we can also help you with your application. 

Social Security Disability Frequently Asked Questions:

How Does the Social Security Administration Determine If I am Disabled? When you file a claim for disability at your local Social Security Office, your file is sent to the Disability Determination Service (DDS), which evaluates your case.  Your attorney will make sure DDS has all medical records from your doctors or the hospital.  The definition used by Social Security for disability is: The inability to work full-time due to a physical and/or mental impairment expected to last at least twelve months.

Do I Have To Go To The Medical Or Psychological Exam Scheduled By Social Security.  Not necessarily.  Social Security regulations provide that your own treating medical doctor or psychiatrist is preferred over a doctor who does not know you or your medical history (20 CFR 404.1519h).  If your doctor does not cooperate or you do not have a doctor you have the option whether to go to the exam not.  If you do not attend the exam your case will be decided by the evidence in your record.  Call your attorney immediately if an exam has been scheduled so your options can be discussed.

How Will An Attorney Assist Me In Obtaining Disability Benefits?  The attorney knows the current Social Security Disability rules and regulations and the stops and procedures int he application process.  There are many ways that the attorney can ehp you and your physician document your disability.  Your attorney will review your Social Security file and request medical records not included in it.  The attorney has experience in attending disability hearings and knows what questions to ask.  They have experince working with Social Security personnnel at both the district and hearing offices.

Do I Lose My Disability Claim If I Go Back To Work? Not necessarily.  If youare disabled twelve months and then go back to work, your attorney can ask for payments for the period you are unable to work.  Social Security encourages disabled people to return to work.  It also offers a special program which allows you to try working without losing benfits.

Should I Inform My Attorney If My Doctor Sends Me To A Specialist Or If I Have A Test Performed?  It is important to keep your attorney informed of any changes in your medical condition, as well as any new doctors or specialists you see.  You should inform your attorney of any specialized tests perofrmed, such as CT's, MRI's, or psychological testing.  Your attorney can obtain these results and submit them to Social Security.

What Occurs At A Hearing With The Administrative Law Judge?  Your attorney will prepare you for the hearing by going over the questions the judge will ask.  Each judge conducts hearings differently.  It is therefore very helpful to know in advance the particular questions that the judge will ask in your case

How Will I Pay My Attorney?  You only pay attorney fees when you win your claim and the fee is deducted from your past due benefits.  In most cases, attorney fees are 25% of past due benefits up to $6,000.00.  You do have to pay for all the costs in developing your case.  These costs normally consist of payment for copies of medical records.

What Is The Difference Between Social Security Disability and SSI?

Social Security Disability is a disability insurance program for people who have earned enough quarters of work credit.  Adults usually need 20 quarters of credit during the ten years prior to the date of the disability.  Children may also quality for Social Security Disability.  The rules are fairly complicated, so it is best to discuss them with your attorney. 

SSI is a disability program for adults and children who have not earned enough quarters of work credit, or who have had their Social Security Disability insurance expire after they stopped working.  The maximum amount you can receive under SSI varies and is dependent on family income.  You may quality for both SSI and Social Security Disability.

When Should I Obtain A Social Security Disability Attorney to Represent Me?

An attorney can help you from the time you file your claim through all levels of appeal by ensuring that the proper medical documentation is entered in your Social Security file.  There are several steps in the disability process, including an initial review by the Disability Determination Service (DDS) and a hearing before an Administration Law Judge.  If you do not receive disability after a hearing before the Administration Law Judge, your attorney can file an appeal.  Seward, Tally & Piggott, P.C. also handles referrals from other attorneys for Social Security appeals to the U.S. District Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Additional Information can be found here: Benefits

HAVE QUESTIONS?  Attorney Lewis Seward at Seward, Tally & Piggott, P.C. in Bay City, Michigan is here to help!  Call today!  989-892-6551

The preceding is provided for informational purposes only.  While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, it cannot be relied upon as legal advise.  Applicability of the legal principles discussed may differ substantially in individual situations.  Please consult with the attorneys at Seward, Tally & Piggott, P.C. for legal aid.


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Seward, Tally & Piggott, P.C.

1009 Washington Ave.

Bay City, MI 48708

Phone: 989-892-6551

Fax: 989-892-1568

Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and by special appointment

We are located across the street from the Post Office and Court House.