The World Health Organization distinguishes two classifications of disability – body functions and body structures – when medical professionals diagnose and define an individual’s disability.
In body structure, an individual’s disability is specifically defined by physical impairments due to defect, loss or deviation from generally accepted population standards. Body function disability is more broadly defined and focuses on physical and mental disabilities and includes but is not limited to mobility, communication, self-care and domestic life.
If you become disabled, whether the diagnosis is temporarily or permanently, you can apply for assistance from the government by filing for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Likewise you can purchase private insurance to prepare for a possible disability.
Law Offices of Gary Green will work with you to help ensure that payments due to you are received should you become disabled but are denied when filing a claim. Our firm focuses on helping clients seeking:
Our offices have experience in representing the disabled in Arkansas and Tennessee and are familiar with each state’s individual disability laws. If you or your loved one’s disability claim has been denied call us toll free and without obligation at 1-888-442-7947 or contact us with an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com to discuss your legal options including filing an appeal.
Veterans receive expedited processing of Social Security Disability benefit claims. If you served in the military and became disabled on or after Oct. 1, 2001 you are entitled to have your claim expedited. You can apply for both Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income in addition to the benefits you already receive from the Veterans Administration. Please contact us for more information.
At least for the last year, all deploying military units have received an ANAM (Automated Neuropsychological Assessment Metrics) test within 12 months before being deployed. This testing tool is designed to detect speed and accuracy of attention, memory and thinking ability. Concussion injuries which occur as a result of exploding devices and/or other head trauma may cause changes in reaction time, headaches, irritability, memory impairments and difficulty in sleeping.
A post injury battery of neurological tests should be taken after any head injury has occurred. The results of this post-injury testing can help medical personnel compare a person’s speed and accuracy of attention, memory and thinking ability before and after an injury. (The ANAM test serves as a baseline). Please contact us for more information as we may be able to help you get the post-injury neurological testing necessary to prove the TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) which would qualify you for Social Security Disability benefits.
The best advice for those filing a Social Security Dsability claim is to file the initial application without a lawyer. Most initial applications are denied and you only have 60 days to file your first appeal, the Request for Reconsideration. If you are approved, you will receive benefits dating back to the onset date of your injury. If this appeal is denied, you then can hire an attorney to appeal the claim and represent you at the hearing before an administrative law judge.
It is our experience that Social Security Disability law is strictly codified, but not so strictly construed. In order to qualify for benefits, your doctor must be willing to put in writing that your condition prevents you from doing any gainful work. This means that not only can you not perform the type of work that you have done in the past, but that you are not able to perform ANY type of work that would net you at least $500.00 per month. Additionally, your period of disability must last at least 12 full months.
Our fee is only 25% of any back benefits you receive. If your benefits are not approved, you do not owe an attorney fee. Call us toll free and without obligation at 1-888-442-7947 or send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com as soon as your Request for Reconsideration has been denied, so we can file your appeal in a timely manner.
We may be able to help with disability claims against insurance companies when disability coverage has been purchased by you directly from an insurance company or provided to you through your employment. In situations where the insurance company has breached its duty of good faith in dealing with you and denying obviously deserved benefits, we can advise regarding remedies in excess of a claim merely for benefits. Such remedies can include punitive damages, statutory penalties, costs, interest, and attorney fees.
We are willing to consider these claims on a sliding scale contingency fee basis. The amount of the fee can be determined by the amount of the benefit claimed and the level of our involvement. We can discuss acting as escrow agent and attorney to collect benefits directly from the insurance company and then disburse to you through our trust account—even in situations where benefits have not been denied.
If you have questions or need additional information, call Law Offices of Gary Green toll free and without obligation at 1-888-442-7947 or send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com if we can help.