Social Security Disability (SSD) attorneys serving Syracuse, Watertown, Oswego and Central New York
You've worked hard all of your life. Now, your hard work has left you with a disability, making it impossible to continue working.
People in situations like yours or your loved one's are left feeling uncertain where money will come from to pay the bills and put food on the table.
Our Social Security Disability lawyers know that applying for Social Security benefits can be frustrating and stressful. People who apply for Social Security Disability have paid in to Social Security for all the years that they've been working. You have worked hard, paid into the system, and you can't work due to a serious injury or health problems. Getting denied benefits is devastating, but it is not the end.
We understand how hard it is to not be able to work. We understand that you are in pain, and you just want someone to believe you, take your side and help make sense of the Social Security Disability claims process. The Social Security Disability lawyers at MCV Law are here to help.
"Kim Slimbaugh assisted us with an SS Disability claim. She made an overwhelming situation very simple for us. Kim is very knowledgeable and professional and our claim was approved after the first submission.
I would highly recommend Kim and her firm to anyone needing their services."
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we're still offering the same support and professional legal knowledge that makes our Social Security Disability lawyers so highly recommended. To safeguard the health of our clients and staff, we can meet with you via phone calls or video chat. We are ready and welcome the opportunity to take your case.
COVID-19: Time to Update Your Plan
This uncertain time reminds us how important our health is. Individuals should make sure to have a plan in place should they become ill and cannot make health care decisions on their own.
Giving someone the responsibility to make important healthcare decisions on your behalf can be a challenging decision. Taking the time to plan in advance can give you and your family peace of mind.
In addition to a Will, most people should have key health related documents in place: a power of attorney, a living will, a health care proxy and a HIPAA authorization.
At MCV Law, our disability planning attorneys are able to meet with you virtually, to assist you with the process of reviewing and updating documents or help you develop your plan.
How MCV Law's Social Security Disability Lawyers Can Help
- We meet with you to talk about the specifics of your Social Security Disability claim
- We help you get the medical documentation you need
- We complete your Social Security Disability application for you
We understand that money is tight for people who are applying for Social Security Disability benefits. That's why our Social Security Disability lawyers will meet with you for a free case evaluation. That's also why our clients don't pay any attorney fees unless we win their case.
Our experienced Social Security Disability lawyers have worked with our clients' doctors to get the medical reports that SSDI claims need to be successful.
While you do not need a lawyer to file for Social Security disability, people represented by Social Security Disability attorneys typically are more successful in their claims. With an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer on your side you have the peace of mind that a qualified Social Security attorney is doing everything possible to see your claim succeed.
"Kim Slimbaugh and Jan Witter were wonderful to work with. They were on top of all of my medical records and provided professional and compassionate assistance during a very difficult time. They answered all my calls promptly and were extremely knowledgeable. I highly recommend them."
The Firm’s Social Security Disability Lawyer, Kimberly Slimbaugh, Helps With...
- Disability insurance benefits (SSD or SSDI)
- Supplemental security income benefits (SSI)
- Disabled adult and child benefits
- Disabled widow/widowers insurance benefits
She has particular experience assisting clients over age 50 to apply for and receive benefits.
Social Security Disability Attorney Slimbaugh can meet with you to discuss your case and—
- Explain the process to you
- Help develop a theory to pursue your claim
- Assist you in the initial application process
- Help to obtain necessary medical reports to support your claim
- Gather opinions from your doctors regarding your functional limitations
- Represent you at a hearing, if one is required
- Meet with you before your hearing to prepare your testimony and how to tell your story to the judge
- Be there after the hearing to make sure your benefits are paid correctly
"Kimberly Slimbaugh and her staff were awesome at helping me fill out my SSDI application and were always available if I had a question or concern and also very prompt and professional...I would highly recommend their services."
Has Your Social Security Disability (SSD) Claim Been Denied? Don't Give Up.
Talk with Kim to figure out whether an appeal of your case is appropriate. Kim represents people in SSDI and SSI cases throughout upstate New York.
There is no attorney fee unless we win your case.
"We have had the pleasure of working with attorney Kimberly Slimbaugh and her understanding of our situation and needs made our experience less stressful. The attention to detail and correspondence provided to us made us feel that we mattered."
"Kim always answered all my questions and I felt comfortable following her suggestions and guidance. I would highly recommend this law firm. My experience was positive and the outcome was excellent. Thank you Kim!"
Our Social Security Disability Lawyers Will Fight to Get Your Claim Approved & Fight to Get You Benefits
Our goal is to end our clients' uncertainty about where their income will come from. Our Social Security Disability lawyers are experienced in helping people prove that they qualify for SSD benefits. We believe our clients and we stand by our clients.
At the end of the day, success to us is when the mothers and fathers we help don't have to wonder when their next check will come through. Our goal is to empower our clients to feel secure and economically stable.
"I highly recommend Kimberly A. Slimbaugh, Esq. for SSDI cases. She did an amazing job and she cares about helping her clients."
How does Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluate my claim?
The Social Security Administration uses a five-step sequential evaluation process to determine whether or not you receive disability benefits:
- Does your impairment prevent you from performing substantial gainful activity?
- Is your impairment severe and is it expected to remain severe for at least 12 months?
- Does your impairment meet or equal one of SSA’s Listing of Impairments?
- Does your impairment prevent you from performing a job you have performed over the last 15 years that constituted substantial gainful activity?
- Does your impairment prevent you from being able to perform any other jobs that exist in substantial numbers in the national economy?
Special Help For The Disabled Over Age 50
A lot of people who apply for Social Security disability are over the age of 50. They have worked hard during their entire life and paid into the Social Security system. But now due to an injury or illness, they cannot do their job anymore and cannot find other work. Many of these individuals are denied benefits when they apply for disability.
The SSA treats individuals who are older than 50 according to a special set of rules. An experienced Social Security Disability lawyer can use these rules to help win a disability case. Further, there is a better chance for Social Security Disability lawyers to obtain an on the record decision when a claimant is over 50 and can no longer do the sort of work he or she has done in the past.
If you are over 50 years old and are limited to unskilled, sedentary work, Social Security will presume that you are unable to transition to other work due to your age. This can make a huge difference for your claim. A person limited to unskilled, sedentary work may lose a disability claim if filed at age 48, but will win it at age 50.
"Looking for a Social Security Lawyer, look no where else. I found Kim Slimbaugh through word of mouth and great reviews. Kim worked hard throughout the case gathering evidence, as well as her assistant Jan, they left no stone unturned, they are an aggressive law firm for an aggressive system. I had ALJ Hearing on 3/10 and looked online today 3/16, I was Approved. Kim controlled that court room with her testimony and some great cross examination between the Judge and VE. My family can't thank Kim Slimbaugh and all of MCV Law for all they did. The government is going to throw everything they have at you, throw Kim right back at them."
At age 55 the rules become even more favorable. If you are over 50 and are considering applying for Social Security disability or have been denied benefits, contact Social Security Disability attorney Slimbaugh for a free evaluation of your claim.
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For decades MCV Law’s Social Security Disability lawyers have helped guide people through the Social Security Disability process.