Applicants for Social Security Disability in Georgia must deal with a slow and frustrating federal government program that requires several appeals and most likely the need for an experienced disability lawyer. Social Security disability is a federal government program is designed to provide disabled workers monthly payments as well as Medicare coverage. The SSDI program is available only to individuals who have worked enough to pay taxes into the Social Security disability system, whereas the SSI program pays a monthly stipend to low income Georgians who have not paid enough taxes to qualify for SSDI.
All SSDI or SSI claims must start with an application – either on-line or via telephone (Social Security Disability’s phone number is 800-772-1213). Your application is thereafter evaluated by a Georgia Social Security disability adjudicator and most likely denied.
Deadline to Appeal a Denial – Only 60 Days
If your application is denied, you must file an appeal within sixty (60) days or else your claim will be dismissed. Many claimants choose to retain the services of an experienced lawyer after the initial claim is denied. Our disability attorney, Jonathan Ginsberg, has represented over 1000 Georgia claimants over the past 25 years. Attorney Ginsberg is “AV” rated by the Martindale Hubbell peer review process and he is the author of two Social Security related books – the Disability Answer Guide, and the Child Social Security Disability Answer Guide.
“Georgia Social Security disability claims are different from Social Security disability claims filed outside of the state,” comments Ginsberg. “As any experienced attorney would tell you, our state has its own local rules and customs and the administrative law judges have very distinct personalities. Atlanta Social Security disability hearings are heard on one of three Office of Disability Claims and Review hearing offices – one in downtown Atlanta, another just off Clairmont Road, and a third in Covington. Cases heard in other cities such as Columbus or Athens often utilize judges from one of the Atlanta hearing sites.”
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How Jonathan’s Experience can Help You
Ginsberg believes that his experience with the local disability judges he sees on a regular basis are a benefit to his clients, and ultimately make him a more effective representative. “I think that disability attorneys who do not regularly try cases before Georgia based judges are not going to know the likes and dislikes of a particular judge, nor will they know the vocational experts on the witness panel or the medical experts on the medical panel. I always prepare my cases to match the administrative law judge who will be hearing my case. For example, some judges want an opening statement or a pre-hearing brief, while others ask all the questions and are mainly concerned with certain documents in a hearing file. In my view, an effective counsel will know his judges and have a very clear argument for granting disability benefits to his client.”
No Up Front Costs – No Fee Unless You Win
Ginsberg’s office handles most cases on a “no fee unless you win” contingency fee, with payment coming after his clients receive their lump sum past due benefit checks. Jonathan regularly posts case studies about prior cases on his Georgia Social Security Disability Attorney web site and on his Social Security disability blog. Jonathan Ginsberg’s Social Security disability law office is located in north Atlanta just of I-285 and Chamblee Dunwoody Road. Reach Jonathan by using the contact form on this page, or by calling 770-393-4985.