What inspired the creation of the law firm of Elder and Berg more than 35 years ago, and what drives it today, is our belief in your right to justice and due process. People injured at work, their families, or those who have suffered some level of disability, deserve the assistance of qualified advocates for their workers' compensation, retirement or Social Security claims. We give serious attention to serious injuries and occupational illnesses, at Elder and Berg. We advocate for you, educate you, and negotiate and litigate aggressively on your behalf. You'll appreciate the way we use our experience and years of expertise to your benefit. You do not necessarily need legal counsel to initially apply for Social Security Disability. Your local Social Security Disability office can supply you with the initial application. Unfortunately, most applications for Social Security Disability are initially denied. If your claim is denied you should seek legal representation. The appeals process can be quite complicated. The majority of denied claims require a trial before an Administrative Law Judge.