Social Security and Disability Claims in Alabama and Georgia

Regardless of whether you were injured or born with a disability, filing for these benefits can be challenging. The same is true for social security benefits, with many complicated forms to fill out and send to the right place and many deadlines for filing, sending, returning, and filling out specific documents. Without strict adherence to Alabama state law, you could lose your opportunity to make a claim for disability or social security benefits.


There are three governmental branches that relate to social security and/or disability benefits in the United States, each with separate regulations and requirements for filing a claim on your behalf or someone else’s. We understand which cases should be brought before which branch, and what constitutes a legal claim for disability/social security benefits in the states of Alabama and Georgia. The three branches are:


  1. Federal Social Security Administration (or SSA),
  2. Social Security Disability Insurance (or SSDI), and
  3. Supplemental Security Insurance (or SSI)


A Complicated Task


The laws are different for adults than they are for children, and we understand the complexities of both sets of regulations. Our decades of experience dealing with social security and disability benefits in Alabama—and Georgia—are invaluable when you are dealing with a government agency with the sole goal of denying as many claims as possible to cut down spending. Their job is to protect the thousands that have a legitimate claim against decreased benefits due to more claiming monies that they are not entitled to claim. Let us help you present your case so that you are taken seriously!


Information You Will Need


Our social security/disability claim expert Greg Schroer

When you schedule your initial consultation, our team of professionals will work with you to decide what documents, statements, and information apply to your specific case. Most likely, you will need a letter from your doctor stating that you are unable to work, medical records to back up the claim, your complete work history, and other supporting documentation. If the right documents are not filed, including this type of evidence to back it up, your claim could be denied!



Who Can File For Benefits


The law does not require that you file only on your own behalf, but also on behalf of a disabled child, current or former spouse, parent, special needs child, or widow/widower claim. It can be discouraging to be denied, but this is very common for a first attempt at a claim, and we are here to work with you through every step of the legal process. This includes all necessary appeals that relate to your social security or disability claim.


About handlawfirm

Born September 12, 1964, Ben earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management degree from Auburn University in 1987 and a Juris Doctorate degree from Cumberland School of Law in 1990. Ben has been a practicing attorney since 1990 and spent six years in Central America. He is familiar with customs and conditions of the region and is fluent in Spanish. Ben established and is currently the Vice President of the Legal and Contracting with Emergency Response Training Systems, the only company to run military style software (jcats/acats) for training of civilian law enforcement (ERTS Opelika, Alabama). This also provides homeland security training for the Auburn University Homeland Security department. Ben Hand is the winner of various Who’s-Who Awards, the Republican of the year for 2001, and a Republican Nominee for the U.S. House in 1994. He is licensed to practice law in Alabama and Georgia. Ben founded Hand, Fellows and Associates law firm and is the founding member of the board of directors of Beacon University in Columbus, Georgia. Ben currently represents thirty-two different non-profit organizations in Alabama, Texas, Georgia and Tennessee. He is a business legal adviser to seventy-five different small businesses and corporations. Ben was hired by Chief of police, Terry Sanders, to represent him in a dispute with the Valley City Council in Valley, Alabama and was also hired by Chief of Police, Ben Brown, to represent him in negotiations with the Lanett City Council and the mayor of Lanett, Alabama. The former city attorney for Uniontown, Alabama, Ben is a city prosecutor for cities of Opelika and Roanoke in Alabama. Ben is a family court referee in Lee County, Alabama and was appointed by Governor Bob Riley as an Administrative Law Judge for State Health Planning and Development Agency. He successfully represented the State Republican party in Lee County during Governor Bob Riley’s election challenge 2002. Governor Bob Riley was elected by a narrow margin and the outgoing Governor challenged the election. Ben was asked by Governor Riley to represent him in Lee County. Governor Riley won and the challenge was dropped by the outgoing Governor. Ben was a guest lecturer for the Auburn University Safe House. He instructed the local law enforcement and Domestic Violence counselors on obtaining protection from abuse orders. Ben was a guest lecturer for Auburn University SOAR for lawyers and realtors on construction law. He is an elder at Believers Church in Auburn, AL and on the board of directors for the Spirit of Life Church in Murfreesboro, TN. Ben is a Gideon speaker and member since 1992 and a Municipal Judge in Wedowee, Alabama since 1995. Ben%2
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