Frequently Asked Questions

How much do you charge?

Attorney's fees for Social Security and Workers' Compensation claims are only paid if you receive benefits. The amount of the fee will depend on the type and the amount of benefits you receive. If you don't receive benefits then you don't have to pay attorney's fees. The initial consultation is always free whether or not we are able to help your situation. It costs nothing to make an appointment and meet with the attorney.

When should I hire an attorney?

Any time you feel you are not receiving your full benefits as an injured worker or a disabled person is a good time to call an attorney. When dealing with the Department of Labor and Industries and with the Social Security Administration there are deadlines that must be met. Therefore, as soon as you receive an adverse decision or are denied benefits to which you are entitled don't hesitate to call our office. Missing a deadline can cause you to permanently lose some or all of your benefits. In some cases you may need to start the process over from the beginning causing further delays in receiving you rightful benefits.

Am I eligible for Social Security Disability (SSDI)?

Social Security Disability is for those persons who have worked in jobs that paid into the Social Security fund and are no longer able to work. A variety of medical conditions qualify for disability under the Social Security guidelines. A few examples are back problems, heart disease, vision and hearing problems, asthma, depression, anxiety and kidney or liver disease. Additionally, you must have gained sufficient 'work credits' to qualify. These work credits are calculated based on your income and your age. The Social Security Administration office nearest you can help you with this calculation.
Social Security considers how your medical condition affects your ability to work. They also look at how your daily routine is affected. Are you able to do housework? Do you need help dressing yourself or taking a shower? All of these things are considered by the Social Security when they determine your disability. Therefore, it is important to include as much information as possible on how your condition affects all areas of your daily life.

Am I eligible for Social Security Income (SSI)?

If you haven't worked at a job which paid into the Social Security fund or if you haven't worked enough in the last few years to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, (see above) then the Social Security Income program may be available to you. It is different from SSDI because it has more requirements than just being disabled. You may also qualify if you are age 65 or older. There are limits on your income and your assets however. You are limited in how much money you can make each month and in the value of your assets. When you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance you automatically apply for Social Security Income. If you don't qualify for one perhaps you will qualify for the other.

What documents should I bring to my first Social Security claim meeting with the attorney?

It is important to bring any correspondence you have received from the Social Security Administration particularly denial letters. This will make clear how much time we have to schedule an appeal. We will not need all of your medical records but it is a good idea to begin collecting them as they will be needed during the process.

Quick Answers and Links

Street Address

Pirzadeh Law Office, PLLC
638 W. Main St.
Centralia, WA 98531

Mailing Address

Pirzadeh Law Office, PLLC
PO Box 1428
Centralia, WA 98531

Telephone and Fax

Office: (360) 807-4058
Fax: (360) 807-4167

Email Addresses

Jean Pirzadeh:
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Links and Resources

Click here for written directions to the office when traveling from the north.

Click here for written directions to the office when traveling from the south.

Social Security Forms