About Scully Disability
Unlike the “big box” national disability advisor franchises you see advertised on television, Tom Scully III & Associates is a highly experienced local firm with local attorneys and local personalized service. You WILL meet with the attorneys who will represent you from start to finish. No meeting your attorney for the first time at your hearing — a common occurrence with the national disability franchises.
Our goal is to allow you to take care of your health, your family and the challenges of your day-to-day life while we handle all phases of your disability claim.
Our knowledgeable attorneys and staff will take care of all paperwork, obtain your medical records, file timely applications/appeals, negotiate your claim, and manage hearing and settlement procedures.
Social Security Disability
Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) program provides a steady source of income for disabled individuals who cannot work. An individual may qualify for disability if the person is unable to perform any gainful work activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental condition which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or is expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.
Supplemental Security Income
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is a federal welfare program for the disabled. An individual who meets the eligibility requirements of both income and asset limitations must file an application for disability benefits under this program. To qualify for benefits under the SSI program, an individual has to prove that he or she is unable to perform any gainful work activity by reason of any medically determinable .
FAQ's for Disability Law firm
You can file an application at any local Social Security Administration office, over the phone with a local office, or online.
If you plan to file your application in person at a local office, we recommend you call to schedule an appointment. To find your local office, click HERE and enter your zip code, or call toll free at 800.772.1213.
To file an online application, go to www.ssa.gov, click “Online Services,” then click “Apply for Benefits.”
Social Security has strict rules on working while filing a claim for disability. Because any work activity during the claim process can detrimentally affect your claim for benefits, it is recommended you discuss any and all work with your attorney.
No, we see clients at every step of the process. Some clients prefer to schedule a consultative appointment prior to applying in order to address any questions about the application process. Please note, we do not file the initial application for you but we are happy to discuss the claims process whenever you are ready.
Unfortunately, the entire process, from initial application through hearing, can take in excess of two years. On average, an initial decision takes three to four months, and a reconsideration decision (the first level of appeal) takes about as long. In our area, the average wait time to appear in front of an Administrate Law Judge after a hearing has been requested (the second level of appeal) is about 10-12 months. Depending upon the particular circumstances of your case, there may be things we can do to shorten the time period.
Our attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience helping people like you qualify for Social Security disability. Our law firm understands the complicated rules and procedures associated with Social Security Disability law. We know what information the Administrative Law Judge will want to see in your claim and how to obtain this information from your doctors. As a local law firm, we are familiar with the judges who will hear your claim, so we know how to present your case in a way most favorable to you.
You told us what you were going to do and you did it, no questions asked! We are so grateful we made an appointment with you.
Your attorney made me feel so comfortable. She walked me through everything. I would recommend Thomas J. Scully & Associates to anybody.
A big ‘thank you’ for your invaluable assistance and advice during my pursuit of disability.
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Fort Wayne Office
803 S. Calhoun St, Suite 600 Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802