Americans like to work. We like to earn our own way. And most of us do exactly that for most of our lives. But some of us aren’t that lucky. Some of us get hurt, or get sick, and we simply can’t go on working. That’s why there is a disability section of the Social Security law. If you’re a good, hard working person, who has paid the required amount of your FICA (Social Security) taxes, and your doctor says you simply can’t work anymore, you’re probably entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. Regardless of what anyone tells you, it’s good advice. If you are disabled and unable to work, pursue a claim for Social Security disability, or SSDI (based on disability), and get it filed immediately because disability claims can take a very long time to process.
Unfortunately, many claimants for disability benefits have experienced severe problems and hardship simply because they had no idea how long the process would be, and only realized when it was too late that they should have filed an application much sooner. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is Every Workers’ Disability Insurance Program. It’s a payroll tax-funded, federal insurance program of the United States government. SSDI, managed by the Social Security Administration, is designed to provide income to people who are unable to work because of a disability. SSDI is intended to be provided until a person’s condition improves, and benefits are only granted after a lengthy determination process, whereby the applicant must prove that he or she is disabled.
Today, The Insider Exclusive presents Robert Rainer and Christopher O’Connor, partners and founding members of Social Security Lawyers of America and Rainer & O’Connor, LLP, to help you better understand how to navigate SSDI claims. Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly recognized Robert Rainer as one of the most influential lawyers of the past 25 years.
The Social Security Disability system is so expansive that there is no way to cover the entire disability system in one TV program. However, there are areas of growing interest, particularly in light of the aging baby boomer population. The 5 most important areas to the Aging baby boomer population are:
1. Compassionate Allowances
2. Putting an end to the stigma of filing for SSDI
3. Vocational requirements for meeting the disability criteria for SSDI
4. How vocational standards interact with medical disability standards
5. The importance of qualified representation
Robert Rainer is a partner and founding member of Rainer & O’Connor, LLP. His team of attorneys have assisted thousands of individuals and families who are seeking maximum compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, additional costs or losses associated with an injury in auto accidents, slip and falls and other mishaps. Robert holds an undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and a law degree from Suffolk University Law School.
Christopher O’Connor is a partner and founding member of Rainer & O’Connor, LLP. He handles a wide variety of civil litigation matters including general negligence, medical malpractice, product liability, toxic torts, complex litigation, appellate advocacy, workers’ compensation, and social security disability. Chris has extensive trial experience at all levels of state courts and before numerous state administrative agencies.
Rainer & O’Connor, LLP takes a collaborative approach to every case and offers the benefits of a team of seasoned attorneys, experienced staff, and claims adjusters. The firm routinely works with the nation’s top experts in medical malpractice and accident reconstruction, and conducts thorough investigations for every case. The firm handles all matters associated with a case, so clients can focus on their families and recovery.
You can contact Robert Rainer and Christopher O’Connor at 888.4MYLAWTEAM, or www.rainerlaw.com
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