Initial Application Process When You Apply for SSI and SSDI

When you learn you are suffering from a long-term or permanent disability, it’s normal to experience a wide array of emotions, including denial and sadness. During this time, you want to seek the services of a qualified disability lawyer attorney. If you are unsure if you qualify for SSDI benefits, are ready to apply for disability benefits, or have even been denied Social Security, contact our attorneys today if you live near Halifax, Hopewell, or Danville, VA.

Our attorney will help you apply for SSI and SSDI. In fact, if you were disabled due to an accident or injury, our lawyer can act as your personal injury attorney, as well. The initial application process when you apply for Social Security disability insurance can be long and arduous. After the initial application is filed, you will receive more forms and packets to fill out. Make sure you let your attorney know ahead of time to see if they have any instructions or suggestions for you.

The Decision

After all of the forms are mailed in, the next step is to wait until you receive an approval or denial decision from the Social Security Administration office where your application was filed. If you are approved, great! Your experienced disability lawyer attorney will help you with the next steps in the process. If your SSI is denied, however, you have nothing to fear. Your attorney will explain to you what happens next and help you file an SSI disability appeal in Halifax, Hopewell, or Danville, VA.

Someone You Can Talk To

You can be proud of the hard work you’ve done.
You’re the kind of person who’d rather be helping other people, not asking for help.

That’s why it’s so upsetting to have medical problems force you out of work. Now you’re worried about your health and paying all your bills.

The Social Security Disability Insurance program was created to help when this happens to you.

But applying is complicated.

You need someone you can talk to, someone who understands. Our mission at Cunningham Law Group is to guide you through this process with confidence and care.

Give us a call today
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Your situation is personal. And when health problems disrupt your life, you deserve personal attention.

While some law firms treat you like a case number, at Cunningham Law Group we’ll take time getting to know you and your situation.

Our approach comes from our DEEP ROOTS IN SOUTHERN VIRGINIA. We began from a commitment to help people when they need it the most in Halifax, Hopewell, Danville, Petersburg, Farmville, Lynchburg, Richmond and across our region.

We believe in staying involved in our community. If you ask around about us, we expect you’ll hear positive stories from people who found hope during difficult times.

You’ll get a level of service higher than many law firms:

  • Individual Attention Individual Attention

    Attorney Joel Cunningham Jr. will meet with you and get to know you personally.

  • Health Care Guidance Health Care Guidance

    If you need health insurance or affordable medical treatment, Elizabeth Cunningham, our trained health care navigator, will help you find it.

  • Video Hearing Center Video Hearing Center

    To save you travel time and stress, we worked with Social Security to create a video center in our Halifax office, so you can come here for your hearing with an administrative law judge.

  • Local Knowledge Local Knowledge

    It can make a big difference to get a lawyer who knows the local system. We know local doctors, local Social Security offices and the local experts who might testify on your case.


When you’re hurt in a wreck, you need time to recover. The last thing you need is a fight with an insurance company.

But insurance companies protect their own interests, not yours.

They’ll have their lawyers. You need a lawyer devoted to your fight.

Attorney Joel Cunningham Jr., has been proud to help people in southern Virginia with their personal injury and wrongful death cases for more than 20 years.

Personal injury cases require aggressive action. Joel moves fast to investigate collisions, gathering statements from police and collecting all the evidence needed to make your case successful.

If you’ve been in a serious truck, car or motorcycle collision – or if you’ve lost a loved one in a wreck – CALL CUNNINGHAM LAW GROUP TODAY.


When you call us, you’ll work personally with the team members you see here. With a big, out-of-town law firm, you might not meet your lawyer until the day you have a hearing with a Social Security administrative law judge.

We take pride in meeting you face-to-face and getting to know you. We fight for your benefits – and for your dignity.

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Hear From Someone Just Like You

I want to thank your entire staff for the support you all have been to me in this long and stressful time. It is finally over and a blessing to know we will be OK now.

- Teresa Pence