• How Much Does Your Firm Charge?

    Our fees are set by federal law and paid by the Social Security Administration out of any award of back benefits.

  • Appealing A Denial

    The Social Security Administration denies a large number of initial claims, but even if your claim is denied, there is still hope. There are ways to overcome a Social Security denial.

  • Why Was My Initial Claim Denied?

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) has strict rules about the information that must be included on a benefits claim.

  • When To Seek An Attorney’s Help

    To maximize the chances of success, you should work with an experienced lawyer at the start of the Social Security application process. Chihak & Associates has helped thousands of people obtain Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

  • Should I Try To Work?

    At Chihak & Associates, we are often asked by people with disabilities if they should try to work.


  • What You Should Know Before You Apply For Social Security Disability Benefits

    The Social Security Administration answers frequently asked questions about Social Security Disability benefits.

  • Centers For Disease Control And Prevention: Disability

    The CDC and the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (OMHD) provide this informative Web page with disability demographics and resources for people with disabilities.

  • Medline Plus: Disabilities

    The US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health provide health information and numerous other resources for people with disabilities.

  • Disability Benefits

    Look here for useful information from the Social Security Administration (SSA) about Social Security Disability benefits and how to apply for them.

  • Social Security Online

    The US Social Security Administration (SSA) is dedicated to protecting individuals’ economic security through programs including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).


  • Ankylosing Spondylitis

    Ankylosing spondylitis is a condition the affects the lower back and hips. The disease begins as inflammation in those areas. The body tries to deal with the inflammation by creating new bone. The bone grows until it fuses the vertebrae in the lower back together. The fused vertebrae cannot move, which means that you cannot… Read more »

  • Multiple Sclerosis

    Multiple sclerosis is a condition where a person’s immune system attacks their nerves.

  • Back Pain

    One of the most common conditions that we see here is back pain.

  • Depression

    When most people think of depression, they think of things such as feeling discouraged after losing a job or sad after someone dies.

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

    Post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, was officially recognized as a medical condition by the American Psychiatric Association in 1980.

  • Diabetes

    Diabetes is a fairly common condition, affecting 25.8 million Americans (8.3% of Americans).

  • Sleep Apnea

    Sleep apnea is a condition where you repeatedly stop breathing during sleep.

  • Hypertension, or High Blood Pressure

    Hypertension is a condition when the force with which your blood is being pumped is so high that it puts dangerous strain on your blood vessels and heart.

  • Bipolar Disorder

    Bipolar disorder, which is also known as manic depressive illness, is a mental condition where a person experiences strong depressive (“down”) and manic (“up”) episodes.

  • Hepatitis C

    Hepatitis C is a liver disease, caused by a virus spread by exposure to infected blood.


Lisa was found disabled as the result of her severe degenerative disc disease of the lumber and cervical spine with an annular bulge at C5-C6 and cervical radiculopathy; fibromyalgia; chronic fatigue; and chronic pain.