Georgia trial lawyers advocating for your rights
For 43 years, McCracken Law Office has been fighting for those injured, disabled and wanting to protect their families in the event of illness and disability. We treat clients with dignity and respect through every step of the legal process, delivering high quality, efficient and cost-effective legal solutions.
Whether you need legal help with a personal injury or Social Security Disability case, creating a valid estate plan or contesting a will, we provide personal attention and sound legal counsel from initial consultation onward. We take the time to educate you about your legal issues so you can make informed decisions.
We are committed to helping clients with the following types of cases:
-Social Security Disability
-Wills, estates and probate
We never settle for what the insurance company first offers. Our goal is to get the best results possible for your case -compensation, benefits or estate plans that you and your family deserve.
Successfully serving clients in Georgia:
McCracken Law Office represents injured and disabled individuals and their loved ones in a 60-mile radius of Augusta including Richmond, Columbia, Jefferson, Glasscock, McDuffie, Burke, Lincoln and Taliafferro counties in Georgia. For Social Security Disability cases, I represent clients in Georgia focusing on Aiken and Edgefield counties in South Carolina.
505 Courthouse Lane
Augusta GA 30901
Securing your disability benefits in Augusta
It is a common misconception that disability benefits are immediately available to you the moment you become disabled. This is simply not true. McCracken Law Office stands ready to explain the Social Security Disability process to you. As a preliminary matter, you must demonstrate the following to be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits:
You worked for a certain amount of time during the years before you became disabled. SSDI candidates who do not meet this history of earnings threshold may only be eligible for Supplemental Insurance Income (SSI) benefits. For candidates who meet this threshold, the dollar amount of your disability compensation depends in part on your history of earnings.
Your disability meets the Social Security Administration's (SSA) definition of disability. According to the SSA, you qualify for SSDI only if: (1) you cannot do the work you did before you became disabled, (2) you cannot perform another job in your current medical condition, and (3) your doctor expects that your injury will last for at least one year or result in death.
There are delays between the date when you become disabled and the date when your disability benefits begin. You are not entitled to SSDI payments for six months after the date of onset of your disability. Medicare payments begin 30 months after the onset of your disability. The program also limits eligibility based on your monthly earning capacity. We can explain the Social Security Disability program to you in greater detail during a one-on-one initial consultation.
If you are ineligible for SSDI benefits, you may be eligible for SSI benefits:
If you are disabled and continue to earn more than allowed by the SSDI program because there is no financial alternative for your family, you may qualify for SSI benefits. The SSA will use a precise formula to calculate your eligibility based on your current earning capacity and your current medical expenses. At McCracken Law Office, we assess your case and help you explore your legal options, including alternative sources of income and healthcare options.
SSI benefits are available to disabled children or disabled adults who have limited access to resources and income and do not meet the earnings requirement for SSDI. To qualify for SSI benefits, you must show that your impairments keep you from obtaining substantial gainful employment and that they can be expected to result in death or to last for at least 12 months.
Admitted to practice:
-U.S. Supreme Court, 1975
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, 1981
-U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1985
Awards and honors:
BV Distinguished Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell - a widely respected mark of achievement signifying quality legal work, professionalism and solid ethical standards
-University of Georgia, J.D., 1969
-University of Georgia, A.B., 1965
Areas of practice:
-General practice in state and federal courts
-Social Security law
-Augusta and American Bar Associations
-State Bar of Georgia
-Board of Governors, 1994--
-American Judicature Society
-Born in Augusta, Georgia
-Phi Alpha Delta
-Phi Kappa Phi
-Blue Key. Chairman, Richmond County Democratic Party, 1993 -1995
-Fellow, Georgia Bar Foundation
University of Georgia
Juris Doctorate, 1969