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Most first time applicants for disability benefits are denied. But Social Security's own data shows that those who have representation are more likely to win their benefits. Our representatives are available to give you a FAST & FREE, no obligation evaluation to let you know if you qualify for disability benefits.

Get the Disability Benefits You've Earned

Here is the help available to those who qualify:
  • A steady monthly check from Social Security up to $2,000 or more
  • Some are Eligible to get a back award payment (lump sum cash benefit)
  • Health Insurance (Medicaid, Medicare, or even both)
  • Children of a disabled person may be eligible to receive monthly cash benefits
  • Annual Cost of Living Increase in most years that increases your monthly check
  • Even more benefits may be available to you after you qualify for SSD or SSI

Many of the details about what you win depend on what exactly you file for, and what you have won. Some people qualify for SSI only, or SSDI only, while others qualify for both. Every person's eligibility for benefits is different based on their age, income, and work history.

We are available to help you evaluate your potential case, and we can let you know what benefits you are eligible for. Please fill out the form on this page, or call us today for a free case evaluation!

Top 7 Reasons Why Heard & Smith Should Be Representing You

Heard & Smith has over a quarter century experience, we've helped thousands of people win their benefits.

We understand how important disability benefits can be to getting your future back on track. Imagine the relief you would feel after regaining control of your life after winning the disability benefits you deserve...

Without professional help your future may be at risk. Filing for disability can be confusing, and full of things to do within strict deadlines. Most people who file will be denied at some point, so why would anyone filing for disability do it alone, without professional help? Bad idea!

Too much is on the line when you apply for disability. You don't want to risk another denial, and more time waiting with your future in limbo. With professional representation you have a better chance at winning your disability benefits & getting your life back. Heard & Smith charges no fees unless you win, so the decision is easy! You deserve an experienced disability law firm fighting for the benefits you are entitled to!

Top 7 Reasons Why Heard & Smith Should Be Handling Your Disability Case...

  • You want a team with experience! Heard & Smith has helped thousands of people win their disability benefits over the past quarter century.
  • We make it easy for you by guiding you through the process! Our team has experience with the confusing applications, rules, and deadlines of the disability program.
  • Don't be frustrated and alone during the application and appeal process. Many people filing for benefits will at times feel overwhelmed, hopeless, or frustrated. With an experienced team on your side you will get help throughout your case that can help you win the benefits you deserve, even if you get denied at some point.
  • If you have been denied by Social Security you may be headed to a disability hearing before a judge. Don't go to a hearing alone! Our disability lawyers are ready to represent you, and argue for your benefits before a judge.
  • Go with a team you can trust! Your benefits are too important to risk on a small or inexperienced team. Get Heard & Smith's team of over 100 disability law staff, including over 12 lawyers, working on your case!
  • You deserve the best! Our current clients love us, we're thanked every day for helping people get their lives back on track. Imagine feeling confident about your disability application.
  • Win your benefits! Social Security's own data proves that those with representation are more likely to win their benefits. Heard & Smith can help you win the benefits you are entitled to.

You have found the right team! You can trust Heard & Smith to help you get the benefits you are entitled to. Complete the form on this page or call us today to find out if we can help you.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Social Security Disability?

According to the Social Security Act, Social Security Disability is defined as "the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death, or has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months."

Although the disability program has one set of rules to determine who is disabled, the program is really comprised of two separate programs. Disabled people with sufficient quarters of coverage from their work histories usually qualify for the SSDI program, whereas indigent people without sufficient quarters of coverage usually qualify for SSI or Supplemental Security Insurance. An experienced disability representative can tell you which program you qualify for.

2. Who can get disability benefits?

If you are unable to work as a result of a medical condition, and you will be out of work longer than a year you may be disabled if you are eligible for one of the two programs. A working person who can no longer work job because of an illness or injury, may be eligible for SSDI disability benefits. A disabled worker must have paid into the Social Security Administration for a long enough period and in large enough amounts to be considered insured under SSDI. If you are not eligible for SSDI you may be eligible for SSI so long as you meet the resources guidelines. To be disabled under either SSDI or SSI you must not be gainfully employed at substantial levels. You must also be under a disability which has lasted or is expected to last 12 months or more, and your disability must be severe enough to keep you from working. To find out if you are eligible, contact a disability law firm like Heard and Smith for a free consultation.

3. What happens if my claim for Social Security Disability is denied?

If Social Security denies your claim or you disagree with any part of their decision, you may appeal the decision. You have 60 days from the time you receive your denial letter to file an appeal. You are entitled to have a lawyer help you with your appeal. Note that it is very common for Social Security Disability claims to be denied. In fact, about 65% of all applicants are denied benefits the first two times they apply for Social Security Income or Disability benefits.

Social Security's own data shows that those with representation have a better chance to win their benefits. Don't risk another denial without getting the help you deserve from an experienced representative. Disability lawyers like Heard & Smith charge no fees unless you win, so it's an easy decision to reach out for help if you've been denied.

4. What fees do disability lawyers charge?

Heard & Smith will NOT charge you a fee unless you win your benefits! No fees whatsoever to get started, and no fees unless you win. Our fee is up to twenty-five percent of the back award of benefits owed to you, or $7,200, whichever is LESS. No fee is due from your monthly checks. There are never any other fees, court costs or other expenses, unless you win.

Heard & Smith can tell you if you have a case in just a few minutes. Please fill out the form on this page or call us today to get a free consultation.

Why Heard & Smith Is the Right Choice

Heard & Smith is a national disability law firm with over a quarter century experience. We've helped thousands of people win their benefits! You have found the right team, you can trust us to do everything we can to help you win the benefits you are entitled to.

We can help you win your benefits! Social Security's own numbers prove that those with representation have a better chance at winning their benefits.

We've got over 100 employees working to help clients in all 50 states win their benefits.

We're easy to work with! By phone, by email, through our password protected client portal website, fax... We're ready to work with you however it is most convenient.

We're paperless, and Social Security is also a paperless environment. Our investment in technology not only allows us to effortlessly interact with different Social Security offices around the country, it also makes us work faster.

We are experienced professionals! John Heard started representing disability claimants over 30 years ago. His team of dedicated staff and lawyers continues to work pro actively and relentlessly in an effort to help each of our deserving clients win their benefits.

You have found the right team! You can trust Heard & Smith to help you get the benefits you are entitled to. Complete the form on this page or call us today to find out if we can help you.

What Our Clients Say...

"Thanks to Heard & Smith we are now able to pay our bills and that is more awesome than you can believe. It was quick and painless. I would absolutely recommend H&S and I would tell people how professional, quick, and resourceful you all were, absolutely amazing." - Mr. & Mrs. Robert Doran, Tacoma, WA

"I have appreciated the help and understanding I have received, and feel that even though I live out of state, that I am in good hands. Thank you for taking my case and giving me a sense that I am not alone, it means a lot!" - Kami P. Glendale, AZ

"...My case was settled quickly and there were no issues to deal with...every time I called Heard & Smith I had my questions answered and was treated very courteously. Thank you!" - Richard Dismore, IN

"I feel so blessed my disability came through and so quickly, I am so thankful. I would recommend H&S in a heartbeat. They are so efficient, things went through so fast and they were so helpful with my paper work and getting things done. If you want a firm that does a good job go to H&S, everyone is so courteous, kind and helpful." - Sharon West, San Antonio, TX

"Thank you very much for your professionalism and kindness and quick work on my case. Keep up the good work!" - David House, Benson, AZ

"If you want to get your disability approved, Heard & Smith are the people to go to, I got results quickly without a lot of delays." - William Jones, TX

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