What Is Workers' Compensation?

Facilitated by the Maine Workers' Compensation Board, workers' compensation provides an injured worker a percentage of his or her income and payments for medical treatment arising form an injury on the job.

At Shankman & Associates, we are experienced with the workers' compensation process. We understand that it can be complicated, depending on your injury.

Workers' compensation enables workers to be paid up to 66 percent of their weekly wages and all medical bills for treatment are usually covered. Contact us when problems such as these arise:

  • Your employer has not reported your injury to the Maine Workers' Compensation Board.
  • Your benefits are modified or terminated by your employer's insurance company.
  • You are deemed able to return to work before your physician has cleared you for work.
  • The insurer disputes your medical treatment or minimizes your claim of permanent impairment.
  • You want to settle, but are not sure if it is in your best interest to do so.

What Is A Social Security Disability Claim?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) conducts two programs to help people who have a long-term disability: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Employees ordinarily pay Social Security taxes that are used to pay your future retirement wages. If you become disabled and are unable to work before retirement age, you may be eligible for disability benefits.

We Can Improve Your Application Status

Over the last 30 years, we have noted that the SSA has been denying most of the disability claims on the first application. Hiring an attorney significantly improves your chances of your application for SSDI benefits being approved and reduces stress at a difficult time.

There are four levels of application, review and appeal:

  • Initial application
  • Disability Determination Services (DDS)
  • Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR)
  • Appeals Council

If you are thinking of filing a disability claim, call Shankman & Associates at 207-209-3298 for a free telephone consultation. We will advise you on the strength of your case and explain the application process. You may also contact us online.

At Shankman & Associates, our knowledgeable and compassionate team can help you get the benefits you deserve. Our disability attorneys know how to present a case in the light most favorable to you.

We can help you focus on the facts that will be most persuasive to the Social Security Administration and craft an argument that your disability falls under one or more of Social Security's list of impairments. We will also advise you on how to gather your medical records to submit with your application.

How Will I Pay For A Lawyer If I Am Not Working?

If we assist you with your workers' compensation case, or your SSDI application, we only get paid if you receive benefits or settle your claim.

Contact us at 207-209-3298 or toll free at 800-542-6133. You may also contact us online. Serving south Maine, our offices are conveniently located in Lewiston, Topsham and Yarmouth.

Our disability team at Shankman & Associates will take the stress off your shoulders and present the best possible case for a workers' compensation or disability award.