ASSISTING THE INJURED AND DISABLED FOR NEARLY TWO DECADES

Please call Bowman Law Offices today for a free initial consultation to determine your eligibility

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Bowman Law Offices now offers two locations to better serve its clients, adding to its original law office location in Wheeling, West Virginia (serving residents of the Ohio Valley and Tri-state area around Wheeling), Bowman Law Offices’ new office location in Lebanon, Tennessee (which now serves the greater Nashville area and all of Middle Tennessee).

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For nearly twenty years, Jonathan Bowman has concentrated his law practice to only matters pertaining to workers’ compensation injuries and Social Security matters.  Concentrating in just these two areas of law, Jonathan believes allows him and his staff to provide the best possible representation.  So if you are a prospective client who has been injured on the job, or perhaps you have medical conditions which have rendered you unable to work, we are here to help so call us today.

To be eligible for Disability benefits (other than child claims), a person  with health conditions (whether physical or mental, or both) must be unable to engage in substantial gainful activity (“SGA”) by reason of a medically determinable physical or mental impairment or combination of impairments, which can be expected to result in death, or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than twelve months. 

To be found disabled, 5 questions must be resolved favorably to a disability applicant:

QUESTION #1  

Is the applicant engaging in any substantial gainful activity (“SGA”)?  Generally, SGA is thought of as full-time work, but SGA can be part-time work depending upon the level of gross earnings.  Jonathan can address what is and what should not be considered SGA with you in greater detail.

QUESTION #2  

If the answer to question #1 above can be successfully answered NO, then we proceed to the next question, which is does that person have a “severe” impairment?  Jonathan can address what constitutes a severe impairment with you in greater detail.

QUESTION #3  

If the answer to question #2 above can be successfully answered YES, then we can proceed to the next question, which is does that person have an impairment or combination of impairments that meet a Medical Listing?  If yes, proceed no further because the applicant is considered disabled without further inquiry.  Jonathan can address what is needed to meet a Medical Listing with you in greater detail.

QUESTION #4  

If the answer to question #3 above CANNOT be successfully answered YES, then we proceed to the next question, which is does that person have the residual functional capacity (“RFC”) to return to his or her past relevant work (“PRW”).  Jonathan can address what determines an applicant’s RFC and how PRW may come into play with that with you in greater detail.

QUESTION #5  

If the answer to question #4 above can be successfully answered YES, then we proceed to the next question, which is whether that person has the RFC to return to other work which exists in significant numbers in the national economy.  Jonathan can address this very important step with you in greater detail.

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Establishing that a person has an impairment or combination of impairments that meet a Medical Listing OR an RFC that would prevent a person from returning to PRW and/or other work often requires a proper development of the evidence.

Whether you are disabled and pursuing claims for Social Security Disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income payments (i.e., SSI); or workers’ compensation claims in the State of West Virginia and the State of Tennessee, Bowman Law  Offices will  do our very best to represent you, your claim, and your interests.

Please call Bowman Law Offices today for a free initial consultation to determine your eligibility

1-888-728-4013

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