Does Cancer Qualify for Social Security Benefits?

Episode 12:  Louisville social security disability attorney Trevor Smith discusses the question, “Does Cancer Qualify for Social Security Benefits?”  This is one of the toughest situations, especially if it’s progressed to stage 3 or stage 4 cancer. It’s important to understand that simply being diagnosed with cancer, doesn’t mean you’re able to receive Social Security benefits.  Luckily, many types of cancers are now treatable. Two Important Questions about Your Cancer Does cancer qualify for social security?  It can depend on two key questions, which are general to most social security …

When Your SSDI Claim Gets Denied

Episode 8:  In today’s episode, Trevor Smith, social security disability attorney at Smith and Wax Law in Louisville, discusses “What happens when your SSDI claim gets denied?” First off it is very important to understand that having your social security claim denied is completely normal. Sometimes it feels as though they want you to give up and stop trying. Getting denied is really just part of the process. Usually people come to Smith and Wax to start the claim or to take action to appeal the denial. At the beginning, …

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 …