Virginia Employment Lawyer and Social Security disability Attorney

Areas of Practice

Initial Consultations

If you would like to discuss your employment or disability related concerns, call 804-440-6557 to schedule an initial consultation. You will meet directly with attorney D. Scott Gordon for an extended evaluation of your issues, not an inexperienced paralegal.

Social Security Disability

I work directly with deserving individuals to get the social security disability benefits to which they are entitled.

Social Security Disability (SSDI)

If you have a regular work history and become unable to work because of your medical condition, you may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits. Generally, your eligibility is tied to your prior payment of FICA taxes

The SSA defines a disability as “an inability to perform substantial gainful activity by reason of a medically determinable physical or mental impairment, or combination of impairments, which has lasted or is expected to last at least 12 consecutive months, or end in death, taking into account the individual's age, education, and work history.”

The inability to work or to engage in substantial gainful activity is further defined as the inability to earn in excess of $1.090.00 per month. You should note that this standard does not refer to your actual work status (i.e. ability to locate employment). Rather, SSA evaluates your ability to qualify for gainful employment in consideration of your physical limitations, age, education and prior work experience.


  • Not all SSD advocates are attorneys
  • Not all SSD attorneys deal directly with their clients at the early stages of the appeal process
  • Not all firms advertising for SSD clients handle their own hearings
  • Not all firms advertising for SSD clients are even based in the state of Virginia

In my practice, you deal personally with an experienced attorney in your own locality. I am involved in your case from start to finish. You can call or meet with me directly at any time. All initial case evaluations are free, and you do not pay attorney fees unless we win your case.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Even if you do not have a regular work history to qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits you may be eligible for Social Security Income Benefits (SSI) if you are disabled and meet certain financial need requirements. You may find additional information on how to apply for SSI benefits by accessing the Social Security Administration's website at Eligibility for SSI is based on financial need. The amount of your benefit was be restricted by factors such as your assets and other household income.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I file an initial application for disability benefits?

What is the amount of my disability benefit?

What should I do if my initial claim is denied?

How are SSD claims decided?

Step 1: Are You Gainfully Employed?

Step 2: Is Your Impairment Severe?

Step 3: Do You Meet an Impairment Listing?

Step 4: Can You Perform Your Past Work?

Step 5: Can You Perform Other Work?

Do I need an attorney?

How is my attorney paid?

How do I become eligible for Medicare?