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
- 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 – I am totally pleased with the work done by Andalman & Flynn and highly recommend them.
“Attorney Elliott Andalman at Andalman & Flynn worked for me to successfully resolve important issues with the Social Security Administration (SSA) concerning my disability benefits. I had been on disability for many years when in 2012, the SSA determined that I was no longer eligible for payments, stopped my payments, and advised me I had… to repay about $250,000.00 that they claimed I owed them. I disagreed and took my case to Elliott Andalman for representation. He accepted, and after approximately 10 months of work, successfully resolved all issues in my favor. Not only did SSA reinstate my disability benefits, but SSA cancelled the overpayment and paid me all the back benefits that I was due. For obvious reasons I am totally pleased with the work done by Andalman & Flynn and highly recommend them.” Read more “Client Testimonial – I am totally pleased with the work done by Andalman & Flynn and highly recommend them.”
Client Testimonial – Outstanding Service by Senior Paralegal Zubaidah Haamid
“Dear Mr. Andalman, I am writing this letter as a testimonial to the great service that I received from the law firm of Andalman and Flynn. I retained the services of Mr. Andalman for federal disability retirement. I had been denied at the initial stage and was not too hopeful about being awarded benefits at… the reconsideration stage. Thanks to the expert legal team of Elliott Andalman and Zubaidah Haamid, my claim was approved. From my first contact with the office, I was treated with respect and kindness. I was kept up to date on the status of my case and because of their hard work and diligence, my case was approved with incredible speed. I want to give a special thanks to Ms. Haamid for working so diligently to get things through to OPM quickly and for following through with the assigned adjudicator. I believe it was Ms. Haamid’s diligence in handling my claim that brought about such a quick decision. Ms. Haamid went that extra mile for me and it truly paid off. I would recommend Andalman and Flynn to anyone who needs a lawyer for federal disability retirement.” T.S., Lorton, Virginia Read more “Client Testimonial – Outstanding Service by Senior Paralegal Zubaidah Haamid”
Client Testimonial – I Knew That My Case Was In Good Hands
“Dear Atty. Andalman and Associates: Dear Atty. Andalman and Associates: I am writing this letter to you in order to express my appreciation for the job both yourself and your staff did in bringing my Social Security Claim to a positive conclusion. Realizing that each and every claim is different and that some may require… a more extensive amount of work than others (mine being a perfect example), I now more than ever can appreciate the amount of time, dedication and hard work you all put in on behalf of both me and my wife. I especially appreciated the availability of everyone in your office to answer the many questions which I had throughout the process. And if I did need to leave a message or write an e-mail, it was always answered in a timely fashion. This gave me great comfort as did all the people I dealt with over the last few months. While speaking to you on the phone during the process, I developed a sense of trust. I knew that my case was in good hands! Then when I received my hearing date, I will admit I was nervous as to what the outcome would be. But before I even went into the Judge’s chambers, you sat with me and discussed how the hearing would be conducted. It was at this point that I became very comfortable and relaxed because of your professionalism but even more because of your genuine concern for me. I truly believe that if everyone had an attorney like you they would have a much better chance of winning their case.” You’re a great attorney and an even better person. Dennis B. Watts Silver Spring, MD Read more “Client Testimonial – I Knew That My Case Was In Good Hands”