Daniel Burns Bio

Daniel Burns is one of the newest attorneys on the Jan Dils Team. He is a former student of West Virginia University, where he got an undergraduate degree in Business Administration. After undergrad, Daniel continued his studies at WVU to obtain his Law Degree. A native of Parkersburg West Virginia, Daniel loves the outdoors. In his free time he enjoys hunting, fishing, and playing with his dog Cayden. Read More »

Can having a Learning Disability while in school affect my Social Security claim?

Individuals pursuing a claim for Social Security Disability Benefits need to remember that the Social Security Administration is trying to determine your overall employability, not just your ability to maintain employment in an occupation you may have experience in prior to filing for disability.    If an individual had learning disabilities while in school, or was in special education classes, the records may help  to meet certain Social Security Listings for being found disabled.  Examples of... Read More »

Why Should I Hire an Attorney for my Social Security Claim?

If you are thinking about filing an application for Social Security Disability benefits, you may have no idea how to get started. If you have already filed an application for benefits, you already know how confusing it can be. You may be thinking about hiring an attorney to help with your claim but what are the benefits to hiring an attorney? Social Security is a very specialized process and an attorney that is familiar with Social Security Disability is going to be very familiar with the many... Read More »

What are Presumptive Benefits in a Social Security Claim?

In the time that I have had the privilege of serving our clients, I have seen several cases where an individual’s impairments are so severe they are unable to get through even one day. Often times, these impairments do not respond to normal treatment, are incurable or, in some rare cases, fatal. The problem is that clients often do not have medical coverage and cannot afford to get any help at all with the serious impairments they are facing. In some cases, Social Security has awarded what they... Read More »

What is a Disability Examiner?

I was reading through the Jan Dils’ Disability Workbook the other day. You may think that is odd since I work here. Truth be told, there is a lot of great information to be found there. I wanted to review the part that talks about the Disability Examiner. This is, because I recalled that, on several occasions I have been asked what exactly the Disability Examiner is and what is their role in a Social Security Disability claim.  After you are declared eligible to apply for Social Security... Read More »

Social Security Disability Work Credits Explained

The Social Security Disability program is like insurance. In order to be eligible, you must have contributed through payroll deductions or income taxes over a long enough period to be fully insured—and these contributions must have been paid recently enough to qualify. Work credits are allocated for each quarter (three month period) in which you have earned $540 or more. To find out how many work credits you have, call your local Social Security office or the federal office at 800-772-1213 and... Read More »

Who is Considered Disabled?

When I first started working with Social Security Clients, many new applicants asked, "How do I know if I am disabled?" On the surface, it may seem like an easy question to answer, but then I realized it's not so cut and dry.A person is considered disabled if he or she cannot “engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of a medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of... Read More »

What Does SGA Mean in a Social Security Claim?

Once you have applied for Social Security Disability Insurance there are several things that will be looked at to determine if you are eligible to receive benefits. One of the things that SSA will look for is your earnings once you have said that you were no longer able to work (alleged onset date of disability). They will try to determine if  you, the applicant, are capable of performing Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA), and if they decide that you are, you will not be eligible for disability... Read More »

Am I eligible for SSI?

Even if you have never worked and therefore do not qualify for SSDI, you may still be eligible for Supplemental Security Income if you have a low income and do not have a lot of assets (resources) that can be easily converted to cash. Besides being found disabled under the Social Security Administration’s criteria, you must pass both the income and the resource test to receive SSI. Income test: Income can be earned or unearned, and is money you receive such as wages for working at a job,... Read More »