Social Security Disability

Odds are that nearly 70% of all Arkansas disability applications are denied at stage 1.  It gets even worse at stage 2 in Arkansas.

You CAN afford to hire me.  I only get paid if you win your Arkansas disability case.  You pay nothing up front.

  • NO FEE unless we win
  • PAPERWORK handled by us
  • FULL CASE plan from the beginning
  • AVOID HEARING by increasing chance for success earlier in the process

You need help with the process.  While making an Arkansas disability application for Social Security Disability may not be too difficult in Arkansas, there are several important steps that reveal evidence that may be used against you.  We need to help make sure you turn those answers into ammunition to win your case.  You need someone you can call when you have questions.  You need someone to handle the medical files, the paperwork from Social Security, and the hearing preparation if necessary.  You need Shane Henry & Associates because we care.  The Social Security Disability Insurance claims process, or application, in Arkansas is very complex and time-consuming.  It is a process that no one should encounter alone!

If you are hurt and unable to work enough to gross $1,010 or more per month, then you qualify for disability under Social Security.  You have paid into the Social Security Disability Insurance program since you first drew a paycheck.  Part of the FICA withheld from you automatically pays for this program.

Again, if there is physical, mental, or emotional problem keeping you from full-time work (or gross of $1010.00 per month) then it is worth your time to talk with us for free about your case or potential case.

SH&A devotes a significant portion of its resources towards assisting claimants through any disability issues in Arkansas.  If you are unable to work, please call us to discuss your legal options.

No Money Up Front – We Only Get Paid If You Get Paid!  This works like a car wreck case, we only get 25% of any back pay received and the government sends that straight to us.  All the rest is yours.


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Social Security Disability Overview.

This program is something you have paid for since you first earned a paycheck.  Part of the FICA that is withheld from you is what pays for this insurance.  This is a work insurance program.  When you are no longer able to earn $1,000 or more in a month, and whatever is keeping you from working enough is expected to has lasted 12 months.

This program does not require you to be incapacitated.  You can even work part-time.  The rules require you to be unable to engage in basically full-time work.

The older you are and the harder (or heavier) type work you have done in the past will make it easier to receive benefits.  However, people at all ages receive benefits.

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SSDI Program.


The Social Security Disability Insurance program is not a government handout.  SSDI is an insurance policy you have paid for since the day you first drew a paycheck.  Its purpose is to be a support system for you should you become unable to work, need supplemental income or retire.  If you are unable to work, you should not be forced to wait years to begin receiving your disability benefits.  Let us help you!

We offer free consultations and case evaluations at any stage:

  • Initial Application in Arkansas
  • Reconsideration disability in Arkansas
  • Hearing Stage in Arkansas (Both Little Rock ODAR & Fort Smith ODAR)
  • Commission Appeal
  • United State District Court Appeal
  • Review Hearing (Cessation of Benefits)
  • Disability Determination Services (DDS)
  • Veteran’s Administration (V.A.)

The majority of all claimants are denied on initial application, and only a very few are successful on the first reconsideration of their case. You need your paperwork and case in proper order, so you can succeed without needless delay.  Nationwide, more than 70% of all claimants are initially denied.  There are several contributing factors, and applying with an attorney could greatly reduce those factors.  The approval rates in Arkansas are not much different than the national rates.  One significant factor that improves your chances is the assistance of an experienced disability attorney.

The stress from waiting on the process and trying to earn money to survive only makes your condition worse.  We can help reduce the wait and allow you to focus on taking care of yourself and your family first.

A claimant must demonstrate a medically qualifying impairment, or condition, that prevents you from engaging in Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) for a period of at least 12 months or longer.

How we can help.

Navigating the quagmire that is the Social Security system can be very difficult, and no one should pursue such a course alone.  We will build your case from the ground up, confront the government, speed up the process and get you results.

Shane A. Henry, managing attorney of the firm, previously worked as a law clerk for the United States District Court in the Western District of Arkansas, and he handled final Social Security Disability appeals.  Shane is also a member of that National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, and the National Association of Disability Representatives.  With that experience and understanding of the complex system, our firm is dedicated to help claimants get the benefits they deserve.

Don’t make simple mistakes that could be very costly.  Whether you have a mental or physical impairment or condition, we can provide answers for you.

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Our Fee

You pay nothing up front! We typically work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only get paid if you are awarded benefits.  Even then, our fee will never come from your future benefits, and it is paid to us directly from the government.  You don’t have to do anything or ever write a check.  You do have the option of hiring us on an hourly fee basis if you wish.


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Listings of Impairments.

The following sections in Part A are applicable to individuals age 18 and over and to children under age 18 where criteria are appropriate.

1.00 Musculoskeletal System
2.00 Special Sense and Speech
3.00 Respiratory System
4.00 Cardiovascular System
5.00 Digestive System
6.00 Genitourinary Impairments
7.00 Hematological Disorders
8.00 Skin Disorders
9.00 Endocrine System
10.00 Impairments That Affect Multiple Body Systems
11.00 Neurological
12.00 Mental Disorders
13.00 Malignant Neoplastic Diseases
14.00 Immune System Disorders

The Arkansas disability attorneys at Shane Henry & Associates offer assistance to those seeking Arkansas Social Security disability benefits.

If you are unable to work you should apply for Arkansas Social Security disability benefits — and you ought to do it sooner rather than later.  Even if your application is denied on initial application, or drags out for months, upon approval, you will be paid your disability benefits through your back-pay awarded back to either the date you applied or the date you are found your disability began.  It costs nothing to apply, but you could potential risk hundreds or even thousands of dollars by waiting.  Our Arkansas disability clients have spent a lifetime paying into the Social Security disability system, that is designed to help the injured and those unable to work.  Our disability lawyers help clients who are temporarily or permanently unable to work recover the benefits they need.

Our website provides you with additional information about Social Security disability benefits and how the Social Security Administration will look at your claim.  The first question we usually hear from our disability clients is “Will I qualify for Social Security disability benefits?”  The other question we frequently hear is “Should I appeal the denial of my disability claim?”

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In the near future you will absolutely have to have direct deposit set up to receive your money.  Please watch this video for more information.



The big-picture answer is: analyze what needs to be proven to win benefits, figure out how to prove it, and gather the necessary evidence. Some of the specific tasks are:

  • Obtain reports from treating doctors that are consistent with Social Security regulations
  • Refer claimants to specialists for additional reports that answer questions raised by Social Security regulations
  • Obtain a vocational expert’s evaluation of the claimant’s ability to work
  • Ask that a prior application for benefits be reopened
  • Seek a waiver of a time limit
  • Request subpoenas to insure the presence of crucial witnesses or documents
  • Prepare the client to testify at the disability hearing
  • Object to improper evidence or procedures at the hearing
  • Cross-examine adverse witnesses when necessary
  • Present a closing statement at your Arkansas disability hearing
  • Submit a written summary of the evidence and argument
  • If the claimant wins, make sure the SSA correctly calculates benefits
  • If the claimant loses, request review of the hearing decision by the Appeals Council

New Social Security Ruling just issued effecting Arkansas disability cases. 

Today, SSA has published a new Social Security Ruling (SSR), SR 13-2p, on “Evaluating Cases Involving Drug Addiction and Alcoholism (DAA).” 78 Fed. Reg. 11939 (Feb. 20, 2013). The electronic version of the SSR is available at The SSR is effective on March 22, 2013.

SSR 13-2p will replace the 1996 EM-96-200, which has been repeatedly extended over the years. “This SSR obsoletes EM 96-200.” It also rescinds and replaces SSR 82-60.

A more detailed analysis of SSR 13-2p will appear in the February 2013 NOSSCR Social Security Forum.

Nancy G. Shor