Disability Benefits Law
Are you or someone you care for disabled from work? Are you suffering from an injury or illness that leaves you unable to effectively meet the demands of your employment?
At Andalman & Flynn, P.C., our disability benefits attorneys fight vigorously for benefits for individuals with disabilities. We handle disability retirement cases for federal employees nationwide and for State of Maryland employees regardless of where they live. We also handle long-term disability cases in Maryland and Washington, DC and Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) cases in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, DC..
For proven disability benefits attorneys contact Andalman & Flynn at 301-563-6685 or use our contact form below.
Fighting to Get You the Disability Benefits You Deserve
Our experienced team of disability benefits lawyers helps those with illness or injuries get the disability benefits they’re owed. We have won thousands of claims on behalf of clients with conditions including:
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Sleep disorders
- Heart disease
- Degenerative arthritis
- Herniated discs
- Sleep disorders
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Lyme disease
- Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Bipolar disorder
- Personality disorders
Disability Benefits Cases We Handle
At Andalman & Flynn, we offer a comprehensive disability benefits practice that provides free consultations on disability benefits claims including:
- Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) disability retirement applications
- Long-term disability (LTD)
- Short-term disability (STD)
- Benefits claims in group policies
- Individual disability income (DI) policies
- State of Maryland disability retirement applications
- Social Security disability benefits.
Civilian federal employees who are covered under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) for at least 18 months can apply to retire and receive a disability annuity if they establish that a medical condition prevents them from performing “useful and efficient” service – that is, the medical inability to perform your job, even with reasonable accommodation – for at least one year.
Andalman & Flynn handles disability retirement cases for federal employees nationwide. Our attorneys help you navigate the complex process of applying for disability retirement. We can also help you fight a denial of your application for disability retirement.
Our team of experienced attorneys can answer all of your questions and represent you through the initial application process at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), as well as any necessary request for reconsideration at OPM and appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), which will typically involve a trial before an administrative judge.
Our lawyers can also advise and represent you on issues that may arise out of your health problems, such as:
- Proposed removals and other disciplinary actions
- Claims for reasonable accommodations
- FMLA disputes
If you work in the private sector and have a medical condition that leaves you unable to perform your duties, you may be entitled to short-term or long-term disability benefits (STD and LTD) or disability income benefits (DI).
The attorneys at Andalman & Flynn can help you get the disability benefits you’re owed.
Many workers obtain LTD insurance coverage through group policies provided by their employers and. regulated by ERISA (the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974).
Insurance companies rarely have your best interests at heart! The disability attorneys at Andalman & Flynn will help you understand the terms of your employer-sponsored disability policy and maximize your chances of claim approval.
We can help you avoid exclusions, such as for pre-existing conditions, and limitation clauses, such as for disabilities caused by emotional illnesses.
We can also assist with severance agreements, FMLA claims, reasonable accommodations, and COBRA issues related to short-term and long-term disability.
We represent claimants on initial application, administrative appeals, and Complaints to court. We also represent clients on reviews regularly conducted by the insurance company.
We strongly recommend workers considering disability leave carefully review the insurance contract and obtain experienced legal representation prior to filing any application.
The Maryland State Retirement Administration (SRA) provides eligible employees with a disability retirement annuity, as well as continued health insurance coverage when serious injury or illness permanently prevents an employee from performing his or her job duties.
Andalman & Flynn represents State of Maryland employees at all stages of the application and appeal process for Maryland state employee disability retirement. We can help you file for:
- Ordinary disability retirement benefits
- Accidental disability retirement benefits
- Special disability retirement benefits
- Service-connected and non-service-connected disability retirement benefits
Our disability lawyers can also help with related issues regarding use of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), reasonable accommodations, and the Sick Leave Bank.
Choose Andalman & Flynn
Getting the disability benefits you’re owed is essential for your financial well-being and to give and your loved ones’ peace of mind. That’s why we put our experience to work to maximize your chances of securing these valuable funds as quickly and easily as possible.
Living with a disability can be difficult, but getting the payments you’re entitled to shouldn’t be.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will the insurance company decide if I am entitled to long-term disability benefits?
The long -term disability insurance company will consider medical records, vocational information, information provided by your doctor, and any other information that you submit to the insurance company in support of your claim.
How long can I receive long-term disability benefits?
Generally, you can receive disability benefits until you reach retirement age, as long as you remain disabled. The insurance company periodically reviews claims, and if your condition improves, it could be determined that you no longer meet the criteria for benefits and your benefit payments could be suspended.
Client Testimonial – Compassion, Seamless Teamwork, Patience & Perseverance
“Mr. Elliott Andalman and Ms. Zubaidah Haamid truly possess competency, genuine compassion, seamless teamwork, efficiency, patience and perseverance. As you might already know, federal disability retirement cases are a lot of work, and I am thankful I hired the best, to do that work for me. I knew right from the start that Mr. Andalman… was a different sort of attorney when I received such an informative and thorough free consultation. I actually had a difficult time discerning if this attorney was “too good to be true” since I had a bad experience with another attorney. The difference is night and day and I can assure you, after working with Mr. Andalman over the past year, he is not too good to be true. Rather, he is genuine in his commitment and compassion to his clients and has what it takes to stay the course and patiently pursue a win for his clients. Fortunately, in my case, it was a quick win which occurred just under 2.5 months from the time the application packet was submitted. Granted, it took several months to thoroughly prepare that packet but he does it right the first time. After learning I was approved in just 2.5 months, I was elated to say the least. It seemed as if a long battle was over and that after years of the “chronic illness/keep my job” roller coaster, a quick “win” was the ultimate morale boost, and allowed me the opportunity to fully focus on my health. Mr. Andalman called me as soon as he learned we won! I am reminded of an excerpt of one of my favorite bible passages (Micah 6:8) when I reflect on working with Elliot and Zubaidah for the past year, as I believe they truly: ‘Do justice, love mercy, walk humbly…’”
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Client Testimonial –I have never been so pleased and so surprised with the knowledge and the determination of this law firm…
“I have never been so pleased and so surprised with the knowledge and the determination of this law firm, who helped me with my Social Security Disability claim. Michelle Prikhodko and her paralegal Aynsley Dunham are the most professional and wonderful people do deal with and to get results, filed in January of 2014 and… by May of 2014, this firm was able to get me approved for my disability. Will always be grateful and will definitely use them again if need be.” Read more “Client Testimonial –I have never been so pleased and so surprised with the knowledge and the determination of this law firm…”
Client Testimonial – Consistent, Patient, and Diligent Service
“Elliott Andalman took my disability retirement case despite uncertain prospects and an adversarial relationship with the supervisor at my agency. He and Peter Casciano were reassuring every step of the way. They consistently and patiently answered all of our questions. I was awarded the disability retirement within six months of applying, thanks to their diligent… work.” Former Scientist at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Read more “Client Testimonial – Consistent, Patient, and Diligent Service”
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When you need experienced legal counsel, turn to Andalman & Flynn. Our renowned team is here to provide vigorous representation for your most pressing family law and disability law issues and disputes.
Please contact us today to schedule a consultation.