Social Security Disability Lawyer
Helping You Claim Disability Benefits in Colorado Springs
If you are suffering from an illness or injury which makes it impossible
for you to work for at least a year or which has been diagnosed as being
terminal, you may be eligible to claim benefits through the Social Security
Disability (SSD) program. SSD is a social safety net which provides help
for those who have had the misfortune of being forced out of work due
to a physical or mental impairment. It is not a means-tested program based
on need; rather, it is more like an insurance policy on which you may
have been paying since the day you first started working.
Am I eligible for Social Security Disability?
Most people in the United States are employed in positions which are subject
to the Social Security payroll tax, and if you fall into this category,
you have been contributing to the Social Security fund out of every single
one of your paychecks. Now it is your time to take advantage of the benefits
for which you have been paying all these years. According to the Social
Security Administration, 7.65% of an employee's paycheck goes toward
the fund, while the employer matches that amount. Given that the employer
could pay you the matching contribution if it weren't a mandatory
deduction, you can consider that 15.3% of your paycheck has been going
towards paying for the benefits you are now going to claim. A Colorado
Springs SSD attorney from our firm can assist you with every aspect of
your claim, from understanding the system to representing you with throughout
the process. Learn more by following the links below.
About Social Security Disability Claims
The amount you can receive in benefits through Social Security Disability
Insurance is based on your average income before the date when you became
disabled. It might not fully replace your income, but it may be enough
to support you during the period of your disability so that you are not
placed in a position of financial hardship.
Make no mistake: the process of claiming Social Security Disability benefits
is often complex and confusing, even for those who work with the system
on a regular basis. Understand the situation better by reading through
our answers to common questions, and then contact us for a free consultation.
Why Hire Us
The attorneys of Clawson & Clawson, LLP share more than 120 years
of combined experience, and while we have the resources and legal skill
you can find at a large law firm, we maintain the warm and welcoming atmosphere
of a small, boutique law office.
Social Security Disability Insurance
Many people will hesitate to claim Social Security Disability benefits
because they don't want to go on public assistance or welfare. The
fact is that Social Security Disability is anything but welfare. Instead
of being a program for the indigent, it is actually an insurance policy,
and the amount you can receive in benefits is based on the amount you
have earned during your career.
Long Term Disability
If you have a Long Term Disability insurance policy through your employer
or which you pay for on your own, the insurance company may require you
to file a claim for Social Security Disability before you can be approved
in your claim for benefits through the private policy.
Denied SSD Benefits
There is a popular myth that everyone who files a claim for Social Security
Disability is initially denied. While this is not true, there is a kernel
of truth in it. The fact is that approximately two-thirds of the 2.5 million
new claims for SSD are denied on a yearly basis, and so most people will
have to be ready to appeal the decision in order to obtain benefits.
If you are over the age of 65 years old or suffer from one of certain
disabilities, you may be eligible for coverage through the tax-payer funded
Medicare program. Medicare can help with hospitalization, medical care
and prescription drugs, and it is often received in addition to Social
The Medicaid program is intended for individuals whose income level is
below a certain threshold, and it is administered by government on both
the state and federal levels. The Federal Government funds as much as
half of the Medicaid program. People who are approved for Supplemental
Security Income will often be automatically qualified to receive Medicaid.
Social Security Administration
The Social Security Administration is the governmental agency which is
responsible for collecting the FICA taxes to fund the Social Security
program, as well as for distributing funds to beneficiaries. Claims in
Colorado are reviewed by the staff of the state Disability Determination
Services office in Aurora.
SSD and SSI Myths
There are a number of widespread myths and misconceptions about the Social
Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income programs. This false
information prevents many people from taking advantage of the benefits
that are available, as well as causing others difficulty in getting their
An attorney from our firm can help you file a claim for compensation through
the veterans disability program. To be eligible, you must be at least
10% disabled as a result of an injury or illness which was received or
exacerbated in the line of duty.
Supplemental Security Income
If your income and financial resources are below a certain threshold and
you are medically disabled, you may be eligible to claim benefits through
the Supplemental Security Income program. SSI helps qualified individuals
maintain a basic level of subsistence when they are unable to provide
Trust a Firm with 120+ Years of Combined Experience
It is very much in your best interests to hire an attorney from Clawson
& Clawson, LLP to represent you throughout the entirety of your claim
– starting at the very beginning, before you even submit your paperwork.
Why is this? It is because the process of claiming benefits can be a significant
challenge, so much so that approximately two out of every three initial
applications are denied. The staff of the Social Security Administration
are generally overwhelmed with claims, and they rarely have the time needed
to follow up on claims with errors or a lack of information.
We know what type of evidence is effective in getting a claim approved,
and even if your claim is denied on the first attempt we can still represent
you in an appeal. With more than a century of combined experience, we
are an experienced team with a long history of successful results and
awards. Our recent awards include:
- “Top 100 Litigation Lawyer of CO” from American Society of
Legal Advocates (2016) – Matthew Clawson
- “Top 100 Litigation Lawyer of CO” from American Society of
Legal Advocates (2016) – Michael Clawson
- “National Top 100 Trial Lawyers” (2016) – Matthew Clawson
- “National Top 100 Trial Lawyers” (2016) – Michael Clawson
- “National Ranking - Top 10 Attorney Award” from National Academy
of Family Law Attorneys (2016) – Matthew Clawson
- “Colorado Springs CO Top 3 Divorce Lawyers” from 3 Best Rated
(2016) - Matthew Clawson
- “10 Best - Client Satisfaction Award for 2 Years” From American
Institute of Family Law Attorneys (2015/2016) – Matthew Clawson
- “Best Lawyers in America” from Best Lawyers (2017 lucite/plaque)
– Michael Clawson
We serve clients in Colorado Springs and we are ready to help you today.
Contact us now for a
free consultation to learn how much you could receive in benefits as you take the first
steps in your claim!