For more than 45 years, Affleck & Gordon has represented disabled and injured individuals in Atlanta and throughout the state of Georgia. We handle complex Social Security disability (SSD) and veterans’ disability cases, as well as personal injury and wrongful death claims. Our team is known for its thorough and methodical approach to case preparation, an approach that has helped us recover benefits on behalf of tens of thousands of clients.
We have the experience you need to feel comfortable navigating the disability process. As your legal representatives, we will always provide answers to your questions and information specific to your case. Our attorneys are always available to assist you, and you will have direct access to your legal team throughout the entire process. At Affleck & Gordon, we truly care about helping you secure the benefits you are owed and the compensation you need to move forward with your life.
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- You Deserve Financial Security Your case is important to you, and it’s important to us. It represents how you will or will not be able to take care of your basic needs, as well as those of your family, for the foreseeable future. We are committed to fighting for what you deserve.
- You Deserve a Thorough Team The Affleck & Gordon team is not only committed to your case, but we are committed to you. We understand that this is your life and your future, and will diligently do everything on our end to obtain a favorable decision on your behalf.
- You Deserve Experienced Counsel With over 40 years of experience and tens of thousands of individuals helped, our team has the skill, resources, and determination to aggressively and strategically evaluate, understand and fight your claim.
- You Deserve Dedicated Representation At Affleck & Gordon, we are committed to providing the highest possible legal counsel. We return calls promptly, keep you up to date on your case, and will always be there for you. We do not rest until you get what you deserve.
Whether your Social Security Disability Insurance claim has been denied, or you are just beginning the process of seeking veterans’ disability benefits, your financial future is on the line. At Affleck & Gordon, we understand the challenges you are facing, as well as the importance of securing your rightful benefits.
Our Georgia disability attorneys are proud to represent everyday people, military veterans, and families who need help navigating the complicated and lengthy disability system. We are adept at filing initial claims, appealing denials, and working to recover the full benefits our clients are owed. Since 1977, our team has successfully handled tens of thousands of disability and personal injury claims. We know the law, and we know how to navigate the process on your behalf.
Our goal is to ensure your confidence in our team. We are accessible and communicative, quickly responding to all calls and emails to make sure you get the answers you need. We also recognize that no two cases are exactly alike, which is why we provide personal attention and develop innovative legal strategies tailored to the unique facts of each client’s case. We are proud of our long history of success and prepared to assist you with every aspect of your claim.
“Took care of me from day one. Knowledgeable in all areas they specialize in. Most importantly they treated me with the utmost respect. Affleck & Gordon moved me from a very difficult situation I couldn't get through on my own.”Douglas W.
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“I filed for SSDI and had to appeal, so I hired Affleck & Gordon. The attorneys talked to me with the utmost respect and treated me like I was actually someone, not just a number.”R. Duff
I could not be more grateful to the team at Affleck & Gordon.
“I would like to thank Affleck & Gordon for representing me in my SSDI case. They are professional and caring and were always available when I had questions and concerns. Even during a pandemic, they got the job done for me.”T. Curtis
When do you have to pay your attorney's fee?
Usually, you don’t. Social Security deducts the attorney’s fee (up to $6,000) from your first disability check (your award of back pay) before it sends the award of back pay to you.
How much are Social Security disability attorneys’ fees?
Social Security disability lawyers’ fees are limited to 25% of past-due benefits, up to a maximum of $6,000. An attorney will be paid only out of your past-due benefits, or “back pay.” If no back benefits are awarded, the attorney will not receive a fee. This is called a contingency fee agreement. You and your attorney sign the agreement and file it with Social Security to ensure that it satisfies the SSA’s guidelines. Some attorneys ask you to pay a nominal amount for costs at the beginning of your case. We generally do not ask for costs upfront and do so only when we must pay for your medical records or your doctor’s opinions.
How long does a Social Security disability claim take?
Any Social Security disability claim can take quite a long time from start to finish, and processing time can vary widely from one case to the next. For individuals pursuing disability at the initial claim level, the time spent waiting for an initial answer can exceed three to four months. Waits of over a year for an initial decision on a disability claim are a bit unusual, but cases have been known to take that long. In most cases, an initial claim will probably be decided in under 120 days. Unfortunately, most claims are denied after the initial application, and the disability claimant must appeal. The entire appeal process can stretch out to more than two years and perhaps as long as three years for a hearing.
How does Social Security define “disability?”
Disability is defined by documentation of a physical and/or mental condition which prevents you from performing “substantial gainful activity” (SGA). SGA basically means work performed in exchange for payment. A disability is defined as a mental and/or physical condition expected to last at least 12 months or to result in death. Whether one is eligible for disability is a matter subject to some interpretation. Although your doctor may have advised you not to work, or you may feel too ill to work, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will not necessarily agree that you are disabled. The SSA initially evaluates disability based on a catalog of physical and mental conditions called a “Listing of Impairments.” Even if you can’t show that your condition is exactly as described in the listing, it is still possible to prove that you are disabled. Furthermore, even if you are denied benefits because Social Security says you are not disabled, you have a good chance of winning on appeal. An attorney can be very helpful at a hearing.