Disability Benefits Law in Maryland & Washington, DC
Get the benefits you deserve.
Are you, or is 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, we vigorously fight for benefits for individuals with disabilities.
For disability benefits attorneys in the Gaithersburg, Rockville, and Chevy Chase areas, contact Andalman & Flynn online or call us at 301-563-6685.
Disability Benefits for Various Illnesses in Maryland & DC
Our experienced team of disability lawyers helps those with physical or mental illnesses, as well as accidental injuries, and we have won thousands of claims in our more than 30 years of practice. We have experience with a vast array of illnesses, 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 Lawyers in Gaithersburg & Rockville
At Andalman & Flynn, we offer a comprehensive disability law practice that provides free consultations on disability benefit claims including long-term disability (LTD), short-term disability (STD) benefit claims in group policies, individual disability income (DI) policies, Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) disability retirement applications, State of Maryland disability retirement applications, and Social Security Disability benefits. Below is additional information:
Civilian federal and United States Postal Service employees throughout the United States who are covered under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) for at least 18 months can apply to retire on a disability annuity if they establish that a medical condition prevents them from performing “useful and efficient” service. Essentially, that’s defined as the medical inability to perform your job, even with reasonable accommodation, for at least one year from the date of application.
At Andalman & Flynn, we help you negotiate the complex process of applying for disability retirement or fighting 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 the complex array of related issues that may arise out of your health problems, such as:
- Proposed removals and other disciplinary actions
- Claims for reasonable accommodations
- Leave disputes
- FMLA disputes
- Health insurance disputes
Are you working but facing a debilitating medical condition that will leave you unable to perform your duties? If so, you may be entitled to short-term or long-term disability (STD and LTD) or disability income (DI) benefits. Many workers obtain LTD insurance coverage through group policies provided by their employers. These group policies are generally regulated by federal legislation known as ERISA (the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974). In order to obtain STD or LTD benefits, claimants must normally apply through a third-party insurance company that administers the insurance policy.
Andalman & Flynn will help you navigate the terms and conditions of the policy and maximize your chances of winning approval of your claim. The DI claims are not covered by ERISA, but similarly require that the claimant navigate the terms and conditions of the insurance policy.
You should be aware that the insurance company rarely has your best interests at heart! Our experienced disability attorneys can help you with the complex issues that may arise under the plan and avoid exclusions (such as for pre-existing conditions) and limitation clauses (such as for disabilities caused or contributed to by emotional illnesses) built into the policy. We can also assist with related issues such as severance agreements, FMLA, reasonable accommodations, and COBRA.
We represent claimants on initial application, administrative appeals, and appeals to court. We also represent clients on reviews regularly conducted by the insurance company. We strongly recommend that workers considering going out on disability obtain and carefully review the insurance contract and obtain experienced legal representation prior to filing any application.
Most American workers have paid into the Social Security system for years, relying on it to protect them and provide them with monthly benefits if they become disabled and unable to work. However, many individuals with disabilities find the process of applying for or appealing a claim to be complex, lengthy, and demoralizing. At Andalman & Flynn, we have helped thousands of clients win Social Security Disability benefits, representing individuals in all levels of the application and appeal process, including hearings before administrative law judges (ALJs) and appeals to federal court.
The Maryland State Retirement Administration (SRA) provides eligible employees with a disability retirement annuity, as well as continued health insurance coverage, in the unfortunate event that serious injury or illness permanently prevents an employee from performing their job duties. At Andalman & Flynn, we represent employees at all stages of the application and appeal process for Maryland state disability retirement, including those filing 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 for Disability Benefits Lawyers in MD & DC
At Andalman & Flynn, we treat every client as if you were a member of our family. We understand how important it is to obtain disability benefits for yourself and your loved ones. That’s why we put our wealth of 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.
If you’re ready to file a claim, the disability lawyers at Andalman & Flynn can help. Whether you need assistance obtaining long-term disability insurance, or FERS, SSDI, or State of Maryland disability retirement benefits, we’ll guide you through all aspects of applying for your claim as well as any necessary administrative or court appeals.
Having a disability shouldn’t impede your financial survival. Rely on the experience of Andalman & Flynn to secure the best results for your disability claim. Please contact us online or call us at 301-563-6685 to schedule a consultation.
“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”
“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”
Elliott, I just wanted to say thank you for all you’ve done for me! I really appreciate you and the fact that you are always honest with me and looking out for my best interests! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to help me a reassure me! If there is ever… anything I can do to help you, please let me know! I didn’t tell you about my degree to brag but I wanted to let you know that you had a positive effect on my life and I’m going in the right direction because of you. When you met me, I was too sick to work and you helped me win disability benefits, which took four years, two hearings and work before the Appeals Council. Now I’m doing my best to be a contributing member of society. You believed in me and for that I will never forget you! If I hear of anyone who needs a lawyer like I did, I will definitely recommend you! Read more “Client Testimonial – I really appreciate you and the fact that you are always honest with me and looking out for my best interests!”
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