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Marc Whitehead
Board Certified-Personal Injury Trial Law
Texas Board of Legal Specialization




Were You Denied the Social Security Disability Benefits You Deserve?

You and over 2 million other disabled working Americans have serious questions about Social Security Disability.

  • What do you do if your application is denied?
  • What if you’ve missed a deadline?
  • You’ve been denied repeatedly - what does the SSA want?
  • Do you need an attorney?
  • How can you increase your chances of being approved?

I’m Attorney Marc Whitehead, and I want to thank you for visiting. I’m going to answer these questions and more in the presentation below.

Introduction To The Basics of Filing a
Social Security Disability Claim

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For 20 years, my law firm has successfully fought unfair Social Security Disability denials. When you’re too sick or injured to continue working, but the Social Security Administration (SSA) says you’re not disabled, what can you do?

Please read on and watch our videos to get the facts you need to know about winning the Social Security Disability benefits you have earned.

If I can help you in any way with your claim, please call for a Free Consultation. Don't Give Up! Call for a Free Consultation.

Don’t’ Give Up! Most Cases Are Won On Appeal.

The biggest mistake people make when their claim is denied is they don't file an appeal, or don't file it in time. The truth is that the majority of applicants that do appeal their case properly, end up winning.

Let’s take a look at the Social Security Disability appeals process:

Social Security Disability Lawyer Outlines the
Appeals Process For You

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Infograph of the Social Security Disability appeals processClick on the infographic for a step-by-step visual summary of the Social Security Disabilty appeals process.

Follow 1000 example applications as they go through each stage - from the initial review to an appeal in Federal Court.


The key to winning a disability case is to keep appealing:

  • In the Reconsideration stage of appeal, we can submit crucial, additional evidence that was probably missing during the initial determination.
  • In the ALJ hearing, we are able to present live witness testimony, cross-examine the government’s expert witnesses, and argue your case to the judge.
  • If you have exhausted all administrative appeals, we can appeal your case in federal court.

Proving Disability for Different Medical Conditions

SSA evaluates your claim by focusing on your capacity to work. Even so, your limitations must have basis in a medical or mental health condition.

When the SSA reviews your case, it will compare your condition to those on their master list called the Listing of Impairments.

SSA views these impairments to be severe enough to prevent you from working full-time. If your condition meets or equals the strict criteria for a medical listing, you are automatically eligible for social security disability benefits.

Social Security Disability Lawyer Talks On Rules for
Some Medical Conditions

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Here is the reality: it can be very difficult to meet the specific rules published by SSA for medical listings. However, you may be awarded benefits based on a medical-vocational allowance.

A medical-vocational allowance considers your

  1. age
  2. education
  3. work skills
  4. level of functional limitation

In fact, most Social Security Disability claims that are approved for benefits are based on medical-vocational allowance.

What if Your Condition Is Not on SSA’s Listing?

Not all conditions – such as fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue – are on the SSA Listing of Impairments. In such cases, you must prove that your disability has made it impossible for you to do any work.

The key point is that every claim must be fully prepared with sufficient medical records, the necessary input from your doctors, and vocational evidence – which together prove that you are unable to function in the workplace.

To learn more about how the SSA considers your specific illness, injury or mental impairment, please visit our Medical Conditions Information Center.

Should You Hire an Attorney?

Most Social Security Disability applications are denied. Why?

Most claimants have no idea how to evaluate their medical records, or what questions to ask their doctor. They do not understand what an examiner or a judge will be looking for with a particular medical condition, or how to fully prepare a disability case for a hearing.

How To Get Started with
Social Security Disability Legal Help

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Dealing with a government bureaucracy like the Social Security Administration is difficult, and is especially hard on those who struggle with disabilities.

While it hardly seems fair that anyone should need to hire an attorney to win the disability benefits he or she deserves, this is the reality of Social Security's complicated disability process.

Less than one of every three claims not represented by an attorney succeeds in being approved. With attorney representation, the number of successful Social Security Disability claims doubles.

What Will an Attorney Do For Me?

Social Security Disability Attorney Talks On
What He Actually Does For You

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To each claim we handle, we bring:

  • Knowledge - We know what it takes to win your claim, and what the SSA is looking for.
  • Collaboration - We help your doctors prepare their medical evidence most effectively.
  • Preparation - We help bring forth new evidence, both medical and vocational; we know exactly how to prepare for disability hearings.
  • Presentation - We will demonstrate exhibits and documentation to the judge in a way that substantiates your claim.
  • Advocacy - Medical or vocational witnesses may challenge you at the disability hearing. You need a skilled attorney on your side to defend your case.
  • Urgency - We will help you avoid costly delays.
  • Our reputation - With over 20 years helping claimants, we are known and respected for excellent communication with the Social Security Administration.

“It took Marc Whitehead about three months after I had a meeting with him to get my Social Security Disability. I thank him for getting what he did for me. Without him, I wouldn't be where I'm at today. I thank you, Marc." See video

The Five Steps to Proving a Disability Claim

How does Social Security decide if you are disabled? They use a Five-Step Sequential Evaluation Process.

This process puts the burden of proof directly on the claimant. The video below explains how it works:

Social Security Attorney on What Social Security Uses to Determine If You Get Benefits

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Infograph of the Social Security Disability evaluation processClick on the infographic for a clear picture of the Five Step Sequential Evaluation Process used by the SSA. This visual aid explains the series of steps geared to determine whether you are medically disabled, or if you are disabled through the combination of medical and vocational factors.

If you do not meet the conditions of the evaluation process, your application will be denied. Our job is to perfect your claim and effectively present your case to the Social Security Administration to show that you do indeed meet the requirements.

We’ll Help You Challenge Your Disability Denial

Those who are denied disability benefits become discouraged. They figure they can’t win, and finally give up.

I understand what is at stake with your Social Security Disability claim. Don’t let the government deny what you deserve and have paid for.

Social Security Lawyer Marc Whitehead - Concluding
Series on Social Security Disability
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If you have any questions, at any time, about your Social Security Disability claim, never be afraid to call or e-mail us. We are here to help you get every penny you deserve.

Call 800-562-9830 or request a free consultation here. Don't Give Up! Call for a Free Consultation.

I promise you’ll get all your questions answered and you be in a better position to decide what to do next.

“I feel that without using Marc Whitehead's office, our outcome would not have been a positive outcome. Words cannot express how they have changed our lives.”
~ Heidi, Social Security Client


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