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Disability is our only business.

A Family Tradition…. Our goal is to maintain a family tradition of providing legal services with integrity, diligence, and loyalty to our clients. We represent disabled persons who file for federal disability benefits. We are a family firm. Disability is our only business. We have limited our practice to Social Security disability since 1993. We have represented disabled veterans since 2007. We understand how your disability affects you and your family, whether you are a private citizen or a veteran.
Our attorneys are members of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, the National Organization of Veterans Advocates, and the American Association for Justice. We are accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs. We are admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court of Western Oklahoma and the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
The following is for informational purposes and not intended as advice regarding issues arising in Social Security or Veterans claims. You must contact a competent attorney to advise you of your rights.

Social Security and Veterans Disability law

First, you must be eligible for federal disability benefits. If you are, then you must be disabled under the rules used to award disability benefits. Eligibility and disability are separate issues.

What are the disability rules for federal benefits?

Social Security Disability requires that you have a severe disability that has lasted for a period of one year or more, or is expected to last for at least one year, or to result in your death. The SSA medical rules are called Listings of Impairments. There is a listing for almost every category of body system. If you meet the medical rule for your condition, then you are disabled. If you do not meet the medical rule, then the SSA will look at your age, education, and work training to decide if you can work, even with your disabilities.
Veterans Disability programs apply different disability standards and medical rules. The VA uses diagnostic codes to identify and evaluate most medical conditions. If you are disabled under one of these rules, then the VA rates your condition and assigns a percentage of disability ranging from 0 percent to 100 percent. The most severe conditions are rated at a higher percentage. The higher the percentage, then the higher the monthly benefit will be.

Are you eligible for social security disability benefits?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) manages two different disability programs. You may be eligible to file a claim in one program, and not the other. Or, you may be eligible to file claims in both programs. The law decides who is eligible for SSA benefits. The Disability Insurance Benefits program pays benefits to disabled workers who have earned work credits. The Supplemental Security Income program, called SSI for short, is available to disabled persons who meet the federal standards for low income households.

Are you eligible for veterans disability benefits?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) also manages two different disability programs. You may be eligible to file a VA claim for Compensation. This program pays benefits based on injuries, diseases, or medical conditions that are related to your military service. These are called ‘service connected’ benefits. The VA also has a program for veterans who do not have service connected disabilities. You may be eligible to file a claim for pension. You must be unable to work because of one or more disabilities, and you must meet the income based requirements. These benefits are ‘non-service connected’ benefits.

What do I need to do to start my claim?

Social Security Disability: Call 1-800-772-1213, or call your local office to start your claim.
Veterans Disability: Call 1-800-827-1000 for instructions on how to start your claim.

What happens after I file my claim?

Each federal agency will evaluate your eligibility and your disability. Most, but not all, claims for federal disability benefits are denied in the beginning. Many disabled individuals do not file appeals, and they never understand the reasons their claims were denied. You may meet a lawyer for the first time in your life after your disability claim is denied. Call our office. We will begin together to understand the reasons behind the letter denying your case.

How Much Are Your Attorney Fees?

You never pay an attorney fee in a claim for federal disability benefits unless an attorney represents you, and you win your case. The Social Security Administration will approve and pay your attorney 25 percent of your back pay, if you win. The Department of Veterans Affairs will approve and pay your attorney 20 percent of your back pay, if you win. If you do not win your case, you will not owe any attorney fee.

Business Associations

  • Member Of American Assocation For Justice
  • Member Of National Organization Of Veterans' Advocates
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives

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501 W. Gore Blvd
Lawton, OK 73501
Phone: (580) 357-7000

634 Culbertson Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
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