The Richmond Disability Attorney
4906 Fitzhugh Ave. Suite 201,
Richmond, VA 23230-3519
Phone (804)358-4766 | www.virginiadisabilitylawyer.com
Why Hire Me?
If you have been denied Social Security disability benefits despite having a medical condition that keeps you from working, a Richmond, VA disability attorney may be able to help you win your claim on appeal.
Nearly two-thirds of Social Security disability claimants have their initial applications denied, and most fail to appeal. However, those who do appeal their denials through the hearing stage are awarded benefits more often than not.
When you first file an application for disability benefits, your claim will be decided largely on the basis of your medical records. The decision-maker at this early stage will not have a chance to meet with you or hear how your disability affects your life. This changes at the hearing stage.
Statistics show that claimants are more likely to win benefits on appeal if they have the help of a Social Security disability attorney. Social Security regulations can be complex, and some issues that claimants think are important are actually irrelevant, according to the Social Security Administration. A Richmond, VA disability lawyer will help you determine what, exactly, you need to prove when you appeal your case and how to prove it.
You will be required to testify at your hearing. A Richmond, VA Social Security attorney can prepare you by letting you know what types of questions you are likely to be asked and how to answer them in a way that gives the judge the information he or she needs to find you disabled.
If you have been denied Social Security disability benefits, please fill out the form on this page to contact Richmond, VA Social Security lawyer Gerald G. Lutkenhaus for a free evaluation of your claim.
My attorney fee is 25% of back benefits, up to the maximum set by the Commissioner of Social Security, which is currently $6,000. The Social Security Administration typically holds that 25% out of back benefits and pays the attorney directly.
If I do not win benefits for you, then the attorney fee is $0.
You will be responsible for payment of expenses, which may include medical records and reports, photocopying, travel, transcript preparation and the like.
Gerald G. Lutkenhaus
Address: 4906 Fitzhugh Ave, Suite 201
Richmond, VA, 23230-3519
Phone Number: (804)358-4766
Examples of Who Is and Is Not Disabled
Social Security disability law defines "disability" as an inability "to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months."
An individual is not "disabled" if drug addiction or alcoholism would "be a contributing factor material to the Commissioner's determination that the individual is disabled."
However, you cannot always rely on common sense to tell you who is and who is not disabled under Social Security law. Here are some examples:
• He is 35 years old with 10 years of trial experience.
• He is not working, but he is looking for a job.
• He lost his left foot in a car accident a year ago.
Because of stump complications, he is unable to use a prosthetic device to walk one block at a reasonable pace, though he uses it to walk shorter distances, e.g., around an office or around his apartment. When he goes longer distances, he rides a motorized scooter.
He is disabled based on Step 3 of the Sequential Evaluation Process.