Since 1977, our firm has represented injured and impaired workers, veterans, and their families throughout Georgia. From our office in Columbus, GA, we handle the disability needs of clients throughout Muscogee County and all of the surrounding areas. We have the experience, knowledge, and resources to assist you with all aspects of your disability case, from filing your initial application to appealing a denied claim.
We take great pride in serving hardworking people, U.S. military veterans, and families throughout the state. Our goal is to not only help you protect your financial security but also to guide you through the disability process with as little stress as possible.
Social Security Disability
The federal Social Security Administration (SSA) offers two distinct disability programs. Each of these programs has unique qualifying requirements and provides separate benefits for eligible claimants.
The two Social Security disability programs offered by the SSA are:
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI): SSDI is a program designed to assist workers who become disabled due to injuries, illnesses, or other medical conditions. To qualify for SSDI benefits, you must have the appropriate “work credits.” Work credits are earned based on taxable income earned throughout the year. Additionally, you must have a medical condition that meets the SSA’s strict definition of a “disability” to qualify for SSDI.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI): In contrast to SSDI, you do not need to have earned any work credits to qualify for SSI benefits. In fact, you do not need any work history; instead, you must be either 65 or older, blind, or disabled and have very limited income and resources. The SSA decides what qualifies as “limited” income or resources, according to various thresholds that are adjusted each year.
At Affleck & Gordon, our Social Security disability lawyers help clients in Columbus, GA and the surrounding areas with all aspects of SSD. Many first-time SSD claims are denied; if this has happened to you, you should be aware that you have a limited time to appeal the SSA’s decision. We urge you to contact our firm right away for help with your appeal so that you don’t miss any important deadlines or steps.
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The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) has established a program to assist U.S. military servicemembers who are injured or become ill or disabled related to their service. Veterans’ disability benefits are also available to those who had preexisting conditions that were worsened by their military service.
VA disability benefits are meant to provide financial assistance to veterans who are unable to work or engage in substantial gainful activity (SGA) due to their service-related condition. This includes both physical and mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, you may still be entitled to veterans’ benefits if you are able to work.
We encourage you to reach out to our VA disability lawyers for more information specific to your case. We offer free initial consultations and provide our legal services on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not owe any upfront or out-of-pocket legal fees when you hire our firm. Instead, we collect attorney fees only if/when we recover benefits on your behalf.
Although you are not required by law to hire a disability attorney, it is wise to do so. Whether you are filing for Social Security disability or VA disability, the process can be complicated and time-consuming. By working with an attorney, you increase the likelihood that your case will not only be resolved more quickly but also that it will be successful.
While the outcome of your case is never guaranteed, we can assure you that our Columbus, GA disability lawyers will do everything possible to secure benefits on your behalf. We are widely recognized as one of the leading disability law firms in the nation, with more than 45 years of experience and tens of thousands of claims handled.
In addition to our vast resources and skills, we have compassion for what you are going through. We know that this is a very difficult time in your life, and we want to help. As your legal team, we will respond quickly to your calls, keep you updated on the status of your claim, and provide the information you need to make empowered decisions about your case and your future.
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.
You Deserve Experienced Counsel With over 45 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 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 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.