Dugan & Associates, P.C.
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Do You Need Help with Social Security Disability Benefits or Supplemental Security Income?
The lawyers at Dugan & Associates represent disabled workers in applications and appeals regarding Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. SSDI is also known simply as DIB or Disability Insurance Benefits. Because our goal in all situations is to maximize the total recovery for injured workers, we can handle these cases separately, or in coordination with workers' compensation cases. For more information about our ability to help with your claim or appeal, contact a Western Pennsylvania social security disability claim attorney at Dugan & Associates .
Social Security Disability Insurance benefits are available for workers who have worked enough quarters, but who cannot return to work due to a disability. Alternatively, supplemental Security Income (SSI) covers persons who cannot work, but who lack the recent work history that would qualify them for SSDI benefits.
In most cases, we represent clients after their first application for DIB and SSI or other social security claim has been denied. We then prepare the case to address the following questions:
- Have you engaged in "substantial gainful activity"—in other words, have you worked lately?
- Do you have a severe impairment—that is, do you have a physical or mental condition that is recognized by the Social Security Administration as severe enough to keep you from working?
- If not, should your impairment be recognized as the equivalent of a "listing" —that is, a recognized disabling condition?
- Does your impairment disable you from your past relevant work?
- Is there other work you're qualified to perform where you live?
If the evidence we present in your favor shows that you're incapable of returning to work at a job you've held recently, and that no jobs within your capacity are available in your area, your DIB / SSI benefits should be approved.
Social Security disability determinations are sensitive to the claimant's age, education, past income, and past work history. In general, the older and less educated the claimant is, the less severe the impairment may need to be for a favorable ruling.
In some cases, we handle both workers' compensation claims and DIB / SSI claims at the same time. We're able to use information developed in one case to help with the proof of the other. Additionally, we're always careful to make sure that when benefits under one program reduce benefits under another, we attempt to arrange your benefits to maximize your total recovery. For example, where a lump sum settlement might be advisable in a workers' comp case by itself, it might have an adverse impact on your SSDI benefits if you have a case pending under that program as well.
For additional information and a free initial consultation, contact a Pittsburgh attorney who's experienced with injured workers' claims at Dugan & Associates.
Mitchell H. Dugan
Mitchell H. Dugan compiled experience representing clients at Pittsburgh area law firms and then created a firm that extends legal representation to injured persons without fee unless recovery is made. Mitch has more than 17 years of experience. He focuses on workers' compensation, personal injury and social security disability. Most importantly, he remains committed to trying to help clients get the compensation they may be entitled to.
A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Mitch practiced at Fingeret, Pollock, Cohen & Zavarella, Stone & Stone and Alexander J. Pentecost prior to starting his own firm in 2000. He also interned in the Allegheny County District Attorney's office and with Zittrain & Zittrain. He has spoken about injuries, workers' compensation and social security disability to audiences throughout the state. He has presented for the Allegheny County Bar Association and has spoken for continuing legal education credits for lawyers with the National Business Institute, Clearwater Information Systems, Inc. and Sterling Education Services, LLC.
He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Allegheny County Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives and the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association. He is licensed to practice in the Pennsylvania State Courts and in the Western District of the Federal Courts. He also belongs to the North Boroughs Rotary Club where he served as a past President.
- Workers' Compensation
- Personal Injury
- Social Security Disability
- 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Pennsylvania
- University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, June, 1984
Honors: Cum Laude
Major: History, Pre-Law
- Speaker, Continuing Legal Education Credits for Lawyers, National Business Institute
- Speaker, Continuing Legal Education Credits for Lawyers, Clearwater Information Systems, Inc.
- Speaker, Continuing Legal Education Credits for Lawyers, Sterling Education Services, LLC.
- American Bar Association
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Allegheny County Bar Association
- American Association for Justice
- National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives
- Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
- North Boroughs Rotary Club
- Past President
- Fingeret, Pollock, Cohen & Zavarella
- Stone & Stone
- Alexander J. Pentecost
- Allegheny County District Attorney's Office, Intern.
- Zittrain & Zittrain, Intern.
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