Do I Really Need a Lawyer for SSI?

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Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program that provides monthly cash assistance to over 8 million Americans today. If you are over the age of 65, blind, or disabled, with resources below a certain limit, you may be eligible for SSI benefits. 

Qualifying for a federal assistance program can be a complicated process, and it may take a long time for you to win your case and receive the benefits you deserve. With the help of your attorney, you will be responsible for compiling all your medical records to best explain and prove both your disability and your income. And as with any other qualifications process, there are limits and restrictions along the way, some that you may not know about.

Why Would I Need a Lawyer for SSI Benefits?

Disability attorneys assist you with your claim or appealing a denial of benefits. In addition, all disability attorneys are only paid if they win your case, and their fee is taken from your backpay, to a maximum of $6000. Affleck & Gordon only is paid for their work if they win your case. 

Here are four main areas where having Affleck & Gordon on your side can help you win SSI benefits. 


When you choose to work with Affleck & Gordon for your SSI claim, you are working with disability experts who pride themselves on accuracy. We make sure no stone is left unturned when compiling medical records, work history, and the details of your claim. First, file your claim. Once your paperwork is in progress, we can assist you by analyzing your claim in great detail. We'll provide tools and guidance every step of the way. 

You won't have to worry if you've wasted time filling out an incorrect form or doing the paperwork wrong. you'll need to provide documentation regarding you condition, illness, or injury and show evidence regarding why you can't work. Affleck & Gordon will make sure that your claim or appeal is complete, accurate, and that everything is done on time. 


Having the right legal team on your side is a huge advantage when working with the Social Security Administration (SSA). We'll not only communicate clearly and in a timely manner with you, we also can assist you in better understanding SSA rules and policies. We can communicate with the Administrative Law Judge regarding your appeal and during your trial (if your case goes to trial--not all appeals do). If the SSA needs additional supporting evidence, forms, or paperwork, we will make sure that we clearly communicate with you about every detail. 

Let’s face it--at times it may not feel easy when navigating a claim for SSI. That’s why having the right attorney partner to thoroughly explain every step of your claim and to set the right expectations for an outcome will make the entire process smoother. 

We Know the Law.

It’s often said that “you don’t know what you don’t know.” At Affleck & Gordon, we know the law and the intricacies that could trip up your claim. We know the right documents needed to support your claim so that you are more likely to receive the appropriate benefits for your disability. We also know exactly what judges are looking for when a claim arrives on their bench. As we represent you before the administrative law judge, we know what each judge emphasizes in a given case. We know the legal complexities that will need to be clearly untangled and fleshed out in order to win your case.

We understand that we may join your case in the middle of the process. If we join your case later, we have less ability to communicate with the SSA on your behalf and gather important documents quickly for you. Our goal is to build your file with your medical records. It’s important that your claim connects your symptoms and medical issues to the pertinent rules and regulations, and that you have someone on your side to explain how your health and symptoms translate to a winning case. We understand how to make the all-important connection between your condition and the law and regulations. 

We know the details of winning an SSI claim, so you don’t have to worry. 

We Fight For You.

Simply put, the Social Security Administration may move quicker when they see that you have legal representation. They understand that legal teams take on cases deemed winnable, and that the best SSI lawyers will fight to win on behalf of their clients. 

When you’re suffering from a debilitating disability and have limited resources, we understand that receiving the monthly benefits can improve the quality of your life dramatically. If your case is denied by the SSA, we also understand that those months of benefits can be years of past-due payments that the SSA could owe you if we win your case. We’re here to help. As we navigate your SSI claim together, we can champion your case to the judge, show the right documentation and medical records, and prepare an accurate claim that will allow your case to be processed quickly and, hopefully, in your favor. 

Who Are We? 

Affleck & Gordon is one of Georgia's oldest and most established Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income law firms. In business for over 45 years, we've helped tens of thousands of Georgians receive the benefits that they deserve after suffering an injury or illness that renders them unable to work. 

Let us help you today. 

If your Supplemental Security Disability Insurance claim has been denied, or you’re thinking about filing and don’t know where to start, Affleck & Gordon can help. We’ve been helping people in Georgia just like you for over 45 years. Sign up for a free case evaluation here, or call us (404) 990-3945.

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