Do I qualify for SSDI?

Do I qualify for SSDI? Disabled workers in the Tallahassee area are seeking help while out of work because of their condition. Tallahassee disability lawyers Matt Liebenhaut and Brandon Smoot are helping these individuals as they seek some financial stability to assist them and their families’ everyday lives. An unfortunate amount of people find themselves [...]


VE’s Make Mistakes: A Recent Example from Outside Tallahassee

From our offices in Tallahassee, FL, our attorneys see mistakes made locally when a client's claim is evaluated by our local Social Security Administration.  But by keeping abreast with case law developing around the nation, we see various issues that arise throughout the nation and how various issues are treated by the federal courts.  For [...]



        $1,175 per month: the average Social Security Disability benefit (SSDI) in 2015. $733 per month: Supplemental Security Income benefit (SSI) in 2015. $12,000: the average (approximate) amount of backpay recovered for our clients. Medicare: the health benefit available to recipients of SSDI. Medicaid: the health benefit available to recipients of SSI. [...]


How many times should I appeal my disability application?

      If you think you have been wrongfully denied social security disability benefits, the correct answer is you should appeal as many times as necessary. WHEN WILL I WIN? We can file an initial appeal (a/k/a reconsideration) and try to obtain the missing evidence that can get you approved.  Although we are sometimes [...]


Social Security Disability: Fighting for David Against Goliath

Recent Social Security Disability Statistics 65% of disability applications are denied. 87% of reconsiderations (1st appeals) are denied. 52% of disability hearings in Tallahassee are lost. People ask me whether I like being a social security disability lawyer- my answer is I love it.  When I read my son the story of David and Goliath, [...]


Reopening a Social Security Disability Claim

Tallahassee, FL - Applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be a grueling process. Many will go through the process of filling out the abundance of documents, compiling their medical records, and then waiting and stressing about their upcoming decision – all while suffering from debilitating medical conditions. After waiting several months, many also receive [...]


Applying for Disability and Early Retirement: Yes, you can!

Disability lawyers in Tallahassee come across many state workers and others whose health begins to wear on their ability to work as they approach retirement age.  These people sometimes come into our law firm, believing they cannot apply for Social Security Early Retirement and Social Security Disability Insurance benefits at the same time. This is [...]


Are Social Security Video Hearings a Good Thing?

Tallahassee, FL. For those of you who have worked and waited on getting a hearing for social security disability benefits, it may come as a surprise when you get in the mail a form that details something called a Video Teleconference (VTC) . The Social Security Administration (SSA) has recently experienced a large influx of [...]


Social Security Administration Celebrates 80 Years of Support for Disabled and Retired Americans

Tallahassee, FL - On August 14, 2015, the Social Security Administration marked their 80th year serving the great nation we call home. As a beacon for many fellow Americans, the Social Security Administration has provided numerous families with the support they needed during hard-hitting times. This date marks the anniversary of when Franklin D. Roosevelt [...]


How do I change or correct my name on my Social Security card?

Tallahassee, FL.  Although we represent people at various levels of the social security disability (and sometimes retirement) application and appeal process, we often get calls with questions about changing a name on your social security card.  If you legally change your name because of marriage, divorce or other court order, you must tell Social Security [...]