Are you or someone you know disabled? Are you suffering from an injury or illness that leaves you unable to successfully work? At Andalman & Flynn, we fight for and defend the rights of individuals with disabilities.
Our disability lawyers in Maryland help people with physical and mental illnesses, as well as accidental injuries, and have won thousands of claims in over 25 years of practice. We have experience with a vast array of illnesses, including:
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Heart disease
- Degenerative arthritis
- Herniated discs
- Sleep disorders
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Lyme disease
- Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Bipolar disorder
- Personality disorders
We try to treat each disability client as if they were a member of our family. We know how important it is to win disability benefits for clients and their families and we use our skills to help you maximize your chances of winning these benefits as quickly as possible.
Your disability may already cause you pain, but it shouldn’t have to impact your ability to survive financially. Call us today to schedule a consultation with a disability attorney in Maryland and we’ll fight to give you every chance possible as you file your disability claim.
Our Disability Law Services
At Andalman & Flynn in Silver Spring, we offer a comprehensive disability law service that’s focused on providing you with the following benefits:
FERS/CSRS Disability Retirement Annuity
Federal and postal service employees covered under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) for at least 18 months or under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) for at least five years 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 is 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. We have experienced attorneys who can answer all your questions and represent you through the initial application process at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), as well as any necessary appeals, including going to trial before an Administrative Judge of the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).
Our Maryland disability lawyers can also 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
Social Security Disability (SSD) & Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits
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. To see how we can help you, just schedule a consultation.
Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Benefits
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) 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, often called a Plan Administrator, and navigate the terms and conditions of the insurance contract (a/k/a Plan Document).
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 contract and related issues such as FMLA, reasonable accommodations, and COBRA. We represent claimants on initial application, administrative appeals, and appeals to court. We strongly recommend that workers considering going out on disability obtain and carefully review the insurance contract prior to filing any application. We also recommend obtaining legal representation prior to filing an application.
State of Maryland and County Disability Retirement Benefits
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.
Schedule a Consultation with Maryland Disability Lawyers
If you’re ready to file a claim, the Maryland disability lawyers at Andalman & Flynn can help. Whether you need help obtaining SSD benefits, long-term disability insurance, or FERS, we’ll guide you through all aspects of applying for and appealing your claim.
Living with a disability can be difficult, but getting the payments you’re entitled to shouldn’t be. Contact us today and we’ll do our best to make your life a little simpler with the disability benefits you deserve.