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Grimes Teich Anderson is a personal injury law firm with offices in North and South Carolina. We are dedicated to serving employees whose disability, impairment, or medical condition prevents them from returning to work. Our offices in Greenville and Gaffney provides quality legal representation to clients in Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Gaffney, Pickens, Greenwood, Laurens and other areas of South Carolina.

Social Security Covers Injured Workers

Many hard-working people pay money into the Social Security system without ever understanding how it works. In addition to covering retirees, Social Security Disability (SSD) insurance also provides monthly cash payments to injured workers, and others, who cannot return to work. Unlike Supplemental Security Income (SSI), SSD covers workers who have “paid in” to the system through their relatively steady employment at a qualifying job. SSI, on the other hand, helps low-income individuals, regardless of their employment history. If you were injured and have worked for a certain number of years, you may be entitled to SSD benefits. A number of health issues or medical conditions trigger eligibility, including:

  • Epilepsy, obesity
  • Deafness, blindness
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer, terminal illness
  • Psoriasis, skin conditions
  • Neurological impairment
  • Other “serious” conditions
Filing A Successful Claim for SSD Benefits

Federal laws govern the allocation of SSD benefits in South Carolina. In order to be eligible, it is not enough for a worker to be incapacitated. Even if it is apparent to you and everyone else that you are disabled, your condition still may not qualify as a “serious” condition meriting SSD. The Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains an updated list of “qualifying” medical conditions that meet the required standards for “disability.” If your injury is not on the list, your claim requires additional review by a panel that will decide whether your impairment is “serious” enough to warrant compensation. Then, in addition to having a qualifying health issue, applicants must also prove that the disease is sufficiently chronic or debilitating to prevent them from working for one year or more.

Proving a Disability or Medical Condition

Under the Social Security Act, the applicant has the burden of proving eligibility. A serious condition may be shown through evidence of medical treatment, continuing care, and extensive health care records. A physician must provide a detailed explanation of the nature and extent of the injury you have, and how it affects your ability to work. Depending on the severity of the illness, you may also need to show how your condition prevents you from performing work other than the type you did before your injury. In other words, you must prove to have an illness or injury that totally precludes you from either returning to a current job or obtaining a new job for at least one year. You must also prove you have held recent and consistent employment for five of the last 10 years prior to the injury in order to qualify for payments under SSD.

A Denial of SSD Benefits can be Appealed

If you are applying for SSD or if your claim has already been denied, the personal injury lawyers of Grimes Teich Anderson can help. With over 40 years of experience, we will fight to improve your chances of getting your claim approved the first time or getting your denial reversed on appeal. The Social Security Administration denies over 60% of claims made each year, so it is critical if you received a denial that you obtain legal counsel to help you request for reconsideration of the denial and then follow-up with your appeal. Our caring attorneys will fight for your rights every step of the way. Whether your case requires an administrative hearing, review by the Appeals Council, or further action, Grimes Teich Anderson is dedicated to helping you obtain the SSD compensation you deserve. Call 800.533.6845 today for a free consultation, or contact us online.

Each case is different, so not all information on this website, as well as some which may not be provided, will apply to every case. Because the facts and relevant laws are different from case to case, Grimes Teich Anderson does not guarantee that the outcome, results or experiences with one lawyer or one case will be similar to another.

Except for Employment Law Cases, Attorney’s fees are a percentage of the entire recovery and will be deducted before other expenses. In addition to the fee in these cases, Client will be responsible for litigation expenses, which will either be deducted from the recovery or paid by the client. Some Employment Law Cases may be handled on a contingent fee basis and others handled on an hourly basis, where the client is billed for the hours spent on the case. Based on our experience, we will advise you of the most appropriate fee arrangement in Employment Law cases.

Material on this website is for information purposes and is not legal advice.

Client Reviews
Mr. Anderson represented my husband, Duane Carter during a recent car accident claim. We were try to get the medical bills and pain reimbursement resolved with the insurance company. They were great at keeping us current with any progress or problems that occurred during the process of our claim. The law firm of Grimes, Teich & Anderson are very people oriented and care deeply about their clients. I would highly recommend anyone in a similar situation use this law firm to resolve their claim. Duane C. & Tammey C.
Brian, I want to thank you and Ms. Willetts for all of your help during the appeal. Your expertise and approachable personality was truly welcomed, and having you present for the SSA hearing reduced my anxieties about the process. I will gladly refer others to you if they are needing assistance with disability or injury. If I were to encounter trouble with the SSA in the future, you will be my first contact. Your professionalism is a step above. Will Pitman
All veterans with a claim feeling you don't have a chance or feel defeated need to make contact with Grimes Teich Anderson and let qualified personnel get you through claims procedures. They will evaluate your claim and work through it with you from beginning to end and treat you with compassion and caring. William E.
We received exceptional assistance with a very difficult situation. Jessica Leaven and her team were thorough and clear throughout the entire process. We are grateful for her assistance and would recommend her to others who are seeking simple guidance or formal representation. Rebecca H.
Henry Teich is an outstanding attorney who aggressively represented me in a complex workers compensation injury case. Hank has been handling WC injury cases for may years and knows all the new NC statutes concerning WC! Tony M.
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