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 this 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 into 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.
"MCV has been an excellent law firm to deal with on both my social security disability and workers compensation claims. All of the client advocates that I have worked with over the past year are very caring and take the time to listen to your concerns. They are able to answer all your questions or get answers for you asap. I can also say the same about the lawyers that I have worked with. All are totally professional, and know what they need to do to get things done. I highly recommend MCV for all areas of law that they practice in."
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.
"We had an excellent experience with MCV Law and are super pleased with their representation. Social Security Disability is a broken system, difficult to navigate and clearly not made for anyone to understand or to get benefits. They made everything so easy and they dealt with it all, once in their hands we didn’t have to do anything. Paralegal Lynn Kwietniak spent a lot of time answering questions and gathering all the information needed to work the case for Attorney Kimberly Slimbaugh. Kim explained the law, outlined in clear language the steps in the process that needed to be done. She was reassuring, articulate, knowledgeable and effective. Kim and Lynn made the process so much easier and gave us peace of mind in a stressful but successful outcome. They made a huge difference for my son’s life and we can’t thank them enough! We highly recommend them!"
The Firm’s Social Security Disability Lawyer, Kimberly Slimbaugh, Helps With...
- Supplemental Security Income benefits (SSI)
- Disabled Widow’s Benefits (no “insurance”) and Childhood Disability Benefits
- Disabled widow/widowers insurance benefits
Social Security Disability Attorney Slimbaugh can meet with you to discuss your case and—
- 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
- Meet with you before your hearing to prepare your testimony and how to tell your story to the judge
- Represent you at a hearing, if one is required
- Be there after the hearing to make sure your benefits are paid correctly
"Lynn the paralegal at MCV Law working for Kim Slimbaugh, has been essential in getting my approval for SSD, starting with our first phone call in January 2021. Lynn is very knowledgeable and fielded all my emails and phone calls promptly, regarding my questions and concerns. She continued to stay in close contact throughout my one year plus case. Although I was not her only client, Lynn made me feel like her priority. She was tenacious in getting in contact with the SS offices, often sending several emails and calling my SS case manager. I feel very thankful and blessed to have Lynn in my corner at MCV Law. I couldn’t have done it without her expertise services. Thank you, Lynn!!"
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.
"My daughter and I worked with Kim Slimbaugh to appeal my Social Security Disability Claim. Kim as well as her staff were always on top of my medical information and knew my file from front to back. I can’t tell you how pleased I was with their professionalism and personal kindness. I will always suffer with my physical issues due to an accident, but I know that I have one less thing to worry about thanks to Atty Slimbaugh and MCV LAW."
"I must highly recommend the professional and knowledgeable Kim Slimbaugh at MCV Law Firm. I started to speak with Kim over the phone at the start of the covid-19 pandemic. After many conversations then and throughout the pandemic, my hearing was finally set after a long 1- 1/2 years. Kim presented and represented my case that we subsequently won. Thank you again Kim I will always be grateful for your hard work and dedication to my case, especially during a difficult time in my life."-Mary
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.
"MCV law is highly recommended in my book! They are very professional, knowledgeable and you can talk to anyone there and they are all on the same page, working together for you. You can plainly see MCV law spends the time in training and cross-training all of the employees, and your return is, your needs, your rights, and most of all your life."
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.
"I worked with Kimberly and she was the best. I've recommended her to several of my family and friends and their cases worked in their favor. They treat you not as a client but more of family. They work very hard for you as a person. I can't say enough great about 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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