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Social Security Disability Lawyer

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Social Security Disabiltily LawIf you are unable to work, or can only work a limited number of hours due to a disability, you may be eligible for Social Security benefits.  At the Law Offices of Banik & Renner, our Social Security Disability lawyers provide assistance to disabled people applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  SSD and SSI are similar in that they both provide financial assistance to people unable to work due to disability.  They differ in that SSD benefits are determined based on your work history and your payment in to Social Security Taxes. SSI benefits are based on financial need when no work history is available.  Both require that a determination be made regarding your disability and ability to work and whether or not you meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability.

How to file for Social Security Disability

  • You can file the paperwork online ( or simply walk in to the nearest office (go to for the nearest location)
  • You will need to provide information regarding all of your medical providers and all of your work history
  • You should know that most applications for Social Security Disability benefits are initially denied.  A denial letter does not end your case.  Most people receiving Social Security Disability benefits received a denial letter, but they kept fighting with the help of an attorney who guided them through the system

The Law Firm of Banik and Renner – your advocate

When you receive the initial denial letter from the Social Security Administration, contact Banik & Renner.  We will: 
  • Act as your advocate and deal with the government red tape
  • Organize and collect the medical records that are crucial to a successful outcome
  • Organize and collect your work history records to determine prior work experience and outline the skills you have from working
  • Develop a theory of recovery based on your specific disabilities, work history, age, education, and job opportunities in the area and all criteria Social Security consider when determining your eligibility
  • Work with you prior to your hearing so that you know what to expect and how to answer any questions you may be asked at the hearing
  • Stand by your side at the hearing before the Social Security Administrative Law Judge

Social Security Disability Benefits (SSD)

An award of Social Security Disability benefits provides:
  • A regular monthly payment, based on your work history and the taxes you contributed to the program
  • Annual cost-of-living adjustments
  • Medicare coverage (after 24 months)
  • Benefits for eligible dependents
  • Incentives to return to work, if you are able

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

An award of Supplemental Security Income benefits provides:
  • Regular monthly payments
  • Medicaid coverage
Representation by a Banik & Renner Social Security Disability lawyer at your appeal of SSD or SSI benefits may make the difference between being awarded benefits or denied.  In the course of preparing appeals we frequently find that all of the necessary medical documentation and work history records are not present in the Social Security records that were used in the denial decision.  Additionally, we often find that clients, not knowing what is important and what is not, may have omitted information in the initial application that is critical to a favorable decision.  The process of preparing an appeal is complex.  If you have received medical care and treatment since your original application, that must be included in the information to be considered in your appeal.  If information was initially omitted, that must be included in the information to be considered in your appeal.  If the decision in your denial contains inaccurate references regarding your medical care and treatment, work history, work skills or other pertinent facts, those inaccuracies must be raised, and the correct facts provided or the decision in your appeal is likely to be the same as the denial of your original application.

The Law Firm of Banik and Renner will not charge a legal fee unless you win your Social Security case.

Understand the benefits and protections you are entitled to under the law.  KNOWLEDGE IS POWER.

Why choose Banik & Renner?

  • Individualized service with no assembly line representation
  • The lawyer you meet with is the lawyer who represents you
  • We are local attorneys who have practiced in the community since graduation from Notre Dame Law School three decades ago
  • We attend seminars and remain current in our areas of practice
  • We ask questions and we really listen to your answers to help you
  • We will not “hard sell” you on our representation
  • We explain your options in words you can understand or keep trying until you do

What do I need to do before meeting with an Attorney?

  • Gather all paperwork in your possession from the Social Security Administration and bring it with you to your appointment
  • Write down the names and addresses of all of the doctors, therapists, hospitals visited or other medical services and providers you have seen in the last 5 years
  • Write down the names and addresses of all of your places of employment you have worked in the last 5 years including your job title and duties

How do I contact Banik & Renner?

Click here to contact us or call 574.293.7170 for more information or to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION


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