Qualify for Disability Benefits with Mental or Physical Issues

Episode 3:  When clients meet with Louisville disability benefits attorney Trevor Smith, they typically have a mental problem or a physical problem, or both, which may qualify them for either SSDI or SSI benefits.  To qualify for disability benefits, you need to have a severe impairment that has lasted or will last longer than 12 months and keeps you from working full-time (40 hour per week). Mental cases can be cognitive and/or psychological.  Many are psychological including schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, anxiety, depression or PTSD.  It’s important to make sure the …

Local vs. National Representation

Episode 2:  Louisville social security disability attorney Trevor Smith discusses the difference between local representation vs. national representation firms.  Trevor and his law partner, Al Wax have helped Louisville clients for many years.  There are some national firms which advertise that they can represent clients, regardless of the fact that they may not have a local office. If you work with Smith and Wax, you’ll have meetings with Trevor or Al.  They will know the details of your case and your situation.  You’ll meet with your attorney the first day …

What Is Social Security Disability Insurance?

Episode 1:  Louisville Social Security Disability Insurance attorney Trevor Smith launches his firm’s podcast.  This episode provides an introduction to his background and why he decided to focus on helping people to file social security disability insurance claims and supplemental security income benefits. After graduating from law school, Trevor clerked for a Kentucky Supreme Court Justice and later practiced criminal law with his father (also an attorney) at the state and federal levels.  He has extensive trial experience.  After several years, Trevor met Al Wax, a very established social security …

New Podcast for Social Security Disability

We’re launching a Social Security Disability podcast! Attorney Trevor Smith will discuss important topics related to your Social Security Disability Benefits, SSI Benefits, the steps in the process and other answers to important questions. Episodes are in development, but we thought you might enjoy listening to this brief promo for information:    

Trevor Smith Teaches Other Attorneys

Today, our partner, Trevor Smith, participated in a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminar hosted by the Legal Aid Society.  The room was full of young attorneys who were learning about various aspects of the law.  Trevor was invited to speak about Social Security Disability law. He covered the basic differences between SSDI and SSI.  He gave a detailed explanation about the timing involved in filing a claim.  He then discussed how he personally works with clients and helps prepare them for the process.  Smith and Wax handles much of the …

Social Security Disability Eligibility

This article briefly discusses Social Security Disability eligibility.  Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a benefit you are entitled to apply for if you have paid sufficient Social Security taxes over a period of time to become insured.  There are many variables including age in determining whether you are insured for disability purposes. If you are not eligible for SSDI, you may be eligible for supplemental security income disability benefits. We will talk about that in another article. Quarters of coverage for units used in determining whether you are insured. …

Continue Medical Treatment for SSDI Benefits

Social security disability cases are heavily dependent upon medical evidence.  As a Louisville social security disability attorney, one of my primary objectives is to prove that your impairment is severe enough to prevent full-time employment.  The medical condition is a prime factor the judge uses in determining your eligibility to receive disability payments.  You should follow your doctor’s orders regarding medical treatment. Receiving, or completing, your on-going medical treatment is extremely important.  The main reason is that the doctor has put together a plan to ensure you receive the best possible …

How Long Does The Disability Process Take?

One commonly asked question I get as an attorney is “How long is the disability process?”  The truth is, it actually depends on your case. When you originally apply for social security disability benefits, it can take up 120 days for the initial decision. They will usually send you to a doctor or psychologist for an evaluation, before that decision. Most people are denied at this initial part of the process, but a minority of applicants actually do pass through. That’s nothing to be worried about. It’s all part of the disability …