YOUR LAWYER MUST KNOW SOCIAL SECURITY LAW
Mr. Bearden has the knowledge, experience, and skill that is necessary to get you approved for Social Security Disability benefits. He has handled Social Security cases since 1995! This area of law is very specialized and requires a lawyer who knows Social Security law inside and out. Social Security Disability law was created by the federal government and it has established the laws and procedures that govern this practice. For instance, there is the Social Security Act, Regulations, Rulings, Agency Manuals, Memoranda, and Opinion Letters. There are numerous federal appellate court decisions. Unless a lawyer regularly practices Social Security Disability law, the odds are that they are not ready to step into a Social Security Disability hearing. Rest assured, the judges expect all lawyers to know what they are doing and will be quizzed on their theories of the case and the documents in the record that support it. Lawyers must know what they are doing or they will get embarrassed. An experienced "Social Security" lawyer is essential to winning your case.
TITLE II AND SSI
There are two types of Social Security Disability. Title II disability is for those who have worked at least five out of the last ten years prior to becoming disabled. Basically, if you have worked five out of the last ten years, the federal government gives you insurance for Title II disability benefits. If you have not worked five out of the last ten years prior to becoming disabled, then you are not insured for Title II benefits, but might qualify for SSI under Title XVI of the Act. Title II benefits pay better and they are not based upon need. SSI benefits are based upon need, thus, the Administration will look at your assets to determine if you qualify financially. The definition of disability is the same under both programs, that is, 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 which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.
TYPES OF CASES
Mr. Bearden has handled hundreds of cases involving both physical and/or mental impairments. Some examples of physical impairments include herniated disks in your neck or back, worn out knees or other joints, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Crohn's & Colitis, Diabetes Mellitus, Neuropathy, Seizures, Stroke, Heart Attack, Cancer, Blindness, Kidney and other organ failures. Some examples of mental impairments include Depression, Bi-Polar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Anxiety Related Disorders, Organic Brain Injury, and Mental Retardation.