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SSD Determination Steps for People in Baltimore & Washington, DC


    Do You Want Someone to Help You Through the Disability Benefits Process?

    Knowing you have a regular source of income to pay for your essential needs gives you some hope when you can’t work because of life-altering health problems.

    Social Security Disability benefits provide that kind of relief.

    But first you go through a lot just to get those benefits. A lot of filling out forms. A lot of sending in paperwork. And even then, most people are denied.

    At Mathis & Mathis Disability Advocates, our job is to make the process easier for you.

    You can turn your case over to us, and we’ll get you through all the rules and steps. We know what to do because we’ve done this thousands of times.

    We help people in Washington, DC, Baltimore, Alexandria and Northern Virginia, or anywhere in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania—and all around America.

    Keep reading for more on what you need to win benefits—and a greater sense of peace in a difficult time.

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    5 Steps to Social Security Disability Determination

    These are the five tests you must pass to get Social Security Disability benefits:

    1) Are you working?

    If you work and earn too much money, you may be disqualified from disability benefits. Our disability advocates can help you determine where you stand.

    2) Is your medical condition severe?

    Your health problems must be bad enough interfere with basic activities of daily life. You need to submit medical evidence showing this. We’ll work with you and your doctors to prove the severity of your condition.

    3) Is your health problem on the official list of conditions that qualify?

    Social Security keeps a list of impairments that can qualify you for benefits. It’s harder to win benefits if your condition isn’t on the list—but it’s not impossible. It takes severe symptoms and medical documentation of those symptoms to qualify.

    4) Can you do the work you did previously?

    You must show that your health makes it impossible to do your most recent job. If needed, we can have you evaluated by an expert who can testify about the demands of your previous job and your ability to perform that job considering your health limitations.

    5) Can you do any other type of work?

    If Social Security decides you cannot do the work you did before, they’ll consider your ability to do other kinds of work. Age, education and work experience all factor into this decision.

    If you’re wondering whether you qualify, it costs you nothing to get an evaluation of your situation from the experienced disability advocates at Mathis & Mathis.

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    How Mathis & Mathis Helps You Meet the Disability Requirements

    When you have an advocate working with you, you don’t have to work so hard to answer the five questions.

    Mathis & Mathis takes over the legwork for you, including:

    • Helping you fill out forms
    • Gathering your medical records
    • Gathering your work history
    • Getting statements from people who know your situation
    • Preparing you to talk to a disability judge
    • Making sure all of your information gets filed on time
    • Questioning medical and vocational experts Social Security may ask to testify about you
    • Following up to make sure your disability checks come in like they should

    Your Mathis & Mathis case manager will stay with you all the way from your initial application to appealing a denial.

    Above all, we’ll listen to you and understand what you’re going through.

    We want to see you make it through all the tests Social Security sets up, get disability income and move on to a better chapter in your life.

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    Applying or Appealing, We Can Help

    Whether you’re in the initial stages of applying, appealing a denial of benefits, or wondering if you qualify, Mathis & Mathis can help.
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    Social Security Disability FAQs

    Because applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be complicated, you likely have many questions about the process. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions.

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    “I am so thankful to Mr. Mathis and his whole staff. . . .They . . . helped make things easier. I could not have done it without them. I would definitely recommend Mr. Mathis to anyone. . . . (He) works hard and cares about his clients.”

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