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Disability Associates LLC
Tracey Pate

1226 Race Road, Ste. B
Baltimore MD 21237
(410) 686-2227

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Disability Associates LLC


No one wants to consider applying for Social Security Disability benefits. But the chances of needing them are better than you’d think. Consider this: A 20-year-old worker has a 3 in 10 chance of becoming disabled before reaching retirement age.

If you or someone you know is disabled, Disability Associates can help you navigate the Social Security benefits system. This brochure provides answers to some questions you might have, but you’ll want to call us, (866) 903-HURT (4878), for a comprehensive analysis.
What does “disability” mean?
The Social Security Administration has strict requirements for eligibility. Benefits are paid to people with a physical or mental disability, or a combination of both, that is severe enough to keep them from working for at least 12 months.

Who pays benefits?
The government’s disability benefits come mainly from two sources: the Social Security Disability Insurance program and the Supplemental Security Income program. Sometimes, a disabled worker also can collect from worker’s compensation insurance. In the event that an injured worker receives workers‘ compensation benefits, the amount Social Security pays may be reduced. Social Security does not pay short-term or partial disability benefits.

How is eligibility determined?
If your disability is catastrophic—you have terminal cancer, you are on a waiting list for a heart transplant, or you have lost the use of both legs, for example—the Social Security administration will consider you eligible for benefits. If your disability is not as clear cut, your application could be more complicated.

What if I have more than one condition?
If you have more than one health problem, the Social Security Administration is supposed to consider the combined effects of all your impairments in determining eligibility.

How is the decision made?
Your claim is sent to a Social Security Disability claims examiner to determine eligibility. If the claim is denied—and about 60% are on the first time through the system—you may request reconsideration. If the second examiner denies the claim, you may request a hearing before a federal administrative law judge.

What about benefits for a disabled child?
If you have a disabled child under the age of 18 and your family meets federal income requirements, the child could qualify for Supplemental Security Income. A child may also be entitled to disability benefits on the earnings record of a parent if that parent is deceased or disabled and the child became disabled before age 22.

Do I need a lawyer?
The federal government does not require applicants to have legal representation, but it’s still a good idea. The Social Security Administration says that claimants who have attorneys have a better chance of a successful result. The Disability Associates legal team has more than 25 years of combined experience handling disability cases. We can help you from the beginning of the process to the end. If you’ve tried on your own, and your application has been denied, we can file your appeal.

How do disability attorneys get paid?
Most of the time, attorneys’ fees are one-quarter of back benefits for a successful claim. If the claim is denied, the attorney receives no fee. In any case, the fee will not affect your monthly benefit, and it cannot exceed $5300.

About Disability Associates, LLC
We believe that people who have legitimate disabilities have a right to collect Social Security benefits. We can simplify the process for you. Our quarter-century of combined experience handling Social Security cases means you will have knowledgeable, competent representation.

About Tracey N. Pate, Managing Attorney
For the past 13 years, Tracey Pate has successfully represented Social Security Disability claimants in administrative hearings before the Social Security Administration and the Federal District Court of Maryland. She received her Juris Doctor degree, with honors, from the University of Baltimore School of Law in Baltimore, Maryland, and her Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Disability Associates, LLC
Tracey N. Pate, Managing Attorney

1226 Race Road, Suite B
Baltimore, MD 21237
1.866.903.HURT (4878)
410.686.2227
410.686.9297 fax
www.disabilityassociatesmd.com

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