Thomas O.

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Thomas C. O’Brien, J.D., M.B.A, practices law in the fields of disability and insurance law. Thomas is President of The Law Firm of O'Brien & Feiler (OBF), which is headquartered in Marietta, Georgia. He and his team assist the disabled as they seek Social Security Disability and SSI benefits. OBF also represents medical providers with securing medical claim payments from Medicaid or liability insurers. Thomas and his legal team represent the disabled before Social Security at every level of application and appeal. Additionally, they are frequently called upon to secure retroactive Medicaid coverage for disabled individuals. Thomas regularly teaches CLEs, medical support groups, and medical facilities about Social Security Disability/SSI, Medicaid Eligibility, and related subjects. He is regularly called upon by other legal specialists such as Personal Injury Attorneys, Workers Compensation Attorneys, and Estate Planners to discuss the impact of their efforts on a Claimant's Social Security status. The OBF website provides a comprehensive set of tools and resources for disability applicants and their counsel, and his work has been featured on Fox-5 Atlanta, the Augusta Chronicle, and Stars and Stripes. He is AV Rated by Martindale, 10/10 rated by Avvo, and was a Superlawyers Rising Star before aging out.
Insourcing Medicaid Eligibility Webinar

Insourcing Medicaid Eligibility: Free Webinar

O’Brien & Feiler recently presented a webinar through Hometown Health University regarding Insourcing Medicaid Eligibility.  Most hospitals seek Medicaid Eligibility on behalf on uninsured patients.  Not only does this benefit the hospital, but it benefits patients, and the stakes have never been higher.  Unexpected medical debt is the leading cause […]

Composite Jobs as Past Relevant Work

The Composite Jobs Rule can materially affect the Social Security Disability / SSI claim evaluation process.  The technique employed by the Social Security Administration (SSA) typically follows a five-step sequential evaluation process.  These five steps are discussed in detail over in the OBF Knowledge Base, but as a brief summary […]

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Early Retirement & Disability Can Work Together

A well-timed Social Security Disability claim can increase retirement benefits in certain circumstances.  Successfully claiming disability will lessen the early retirement reduction for people who stop working due to health reasons. OBF Disability Attorney Thomas O’Brien shares this strategy in an article published on Medium.com.  Seeking Disability benefits prior to […]

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Initial Claim for Disability Benefits

Filing an initial claim for disability benefits is a watershed moment in most workers’ lives.  By the point filing disability has been considered, a Claimant has almost certainly experienced such significant mental or physical health issues at to prevent or remarkably reduce the ability to work.  As such all communications […]

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Reconsideration: After an Initial Denial

When individuals file for disability, the odds are initially against them.  Most disability claims are denied at the initial level of application.  In fact, nearly 70% of claims are denied at the initial stage.  Claimants should not give up because the odds of success will improve (just not as quickly […]

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10 Things to Do While Waiting for Disability

Waiting for Disability or SSI decisions is a lengthy and frustrating process during a desperate time.  Most initial applicants are denied, which results in an appeals process that results in waiting for disability for two years.  This time period should not simply be treated as a wait.  If denied at […]