Popowski Callas & Shirley, P.A.

Social Security Disability


If you are unable to work due to an injury, illness or disabling condition, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. We are one of the few firms in the region to focus on workers’ compensation and Social Security Disability and our attorneys have helped many people around Columbia win their SSI and SSD claims.

The skilled Columbia social security disability lawyers of attorneys of Popowski, Callas & Shirley, P.A., will gather your medical records and explore treatment options to assist you with your case. Our Social Security Disability lawyers will stand by your side throughout the entire hearing and appeal process. Although most cases are successfully resolved at the hearing level, we have taken cases all the way to the federal court — and won.

Social Security Benefits | SSDI Denied Claims | Supplemental Security Income (SSI)


How Are Benefits Determined?

Your SSDI benefit amount is determined by your former income and whether you are receiving other benefits, including workers’ compensation. If you receive Social Security Disability benefits, you are also entitled to health coverage under Medicare.

If you haven't worked long enough to receive SSDI, but are still disabled, you may be entitled to Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Making Medical Information Meaningful

We have achieved positive results for clients with disability claims, whether at the initial application or at any point in the appeals process. Our success is based, in part, on our ability to bridge the information gap between the doctor and the judge. We work closely with clients' doctors and translate complicated medical terminology into functional restrictions that a judge can use to determine disability.

For example, rather than stating that the patient has become disabled because of inadequate flow of blood to the lower extremities, we ask the doctor to explain how this medical condition (deep vein thrombosis) will affect the patient's ability to sit, stand and carry objects.We also check to see if your medical evidence shows that you meet an SSD listing. Individuals that meet a listing are presumed to be disabled by the Social Security Administration (SSA).

The Appeals Process

The appeals process can be long and difficult. However, there are several exceptions to the rule, and we will make every effort to use them to get the appeals process completed faster in your case.

Statistics show that people represented by a lawyer or advocate have a higher success rate than if they had proceeded on their own.

To learn more about our services, please contact our office in Columbia, South Carolina to arrange a free consultation and case evaluation. We represent clients from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia in Social Security Disability claims.

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Don’t let your rights go overlooked; you could be entitled to several types of remedies including significant compensation. We are determined to understand all of the facts you believe to be important and will advise you on the legitimacy of your case. Do not accept any final offer of compensation without first consulting with us!