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.

1.3% SSA Benefit Increase for 2021 (COLA)

From: https://www.ssa.gov/news/press/releases/2020/#10-2020-1 Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 1.3 percent in 2021, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 1.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 64 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2021. Increased […]

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At-Home Disability / SSI Legal Help in Georgia

As we quickly head through summer toward fall in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many changes are taking place, but the needs of our country’s disabled have not changed. Attempts to flatten the curve have considerably altered work, educational, and pleasure activities, and in many cases not for the […]

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Georgia Judicial Alert – Supreme Court Decision in Bowden III

Georgia Judicial Alert – Supreme Court Decision in Bowden III On June 29, 2020, the Supreme Court of Georgia issued an opinion in the case of Bowden v. The Medical Center (and vice versa). The decision in this case addresses the use of chargemaster rates when filing medical provider liens […]

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Georgia Legislative Alert – Surprise Medical Billing

HB 888 – The Surprise Billing Consumer Protection Act OBF Attorneys Predict Impact on Billing and Hospital Liens Last week, The Georgia Senate overwhelmingly passed HB 888 – The Surprise Billing Consumer Protection Act.  This bill had already passed the House and will be headed for signature by Governor Kemp, […]

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Disability News to Use – 06/05/2020

Here are a selection of headlines from around the internet that readers may find useful. If you are curious about Social Security Disability, please contact the disability lawyers at The Law Firm of O’Brien & Feiler for diligent assistance. Will the pandemic trigger the long-predicted retirement wave? Pandemic Could Impact […]

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SSA Temporarily Accepts E-Signatures

The Social Security Administration has long required Claimants to provide “wet signatures” on appointments of representative and fee agreements. This requirement has continued even though the federal government consistently recognizes the validity of e-signatures in many many other applications. As of 05/21/2020, it appears that the first cracks in this […]

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O’Brien Named to Super Lawyers List

The Law Firm of O’Brien & Feiler is pleased to announce that Thomas O’Brien has been named a 2020 Super Lawyer. Only 5% of Georgia attorneys are designated as Super Lawyers, and each honoree is noted to have attained a high degree of professional achievement, ethical standing, and peer recognition. […]

Claiming Disability as a result of Back Pain

Claiming Disability as a result of Back Pain

Back pain may be caused by any number of issues, and claiming disability as a result of back pain can be a challenge.  Back pain may be created by degenerative disc disease, muscle and disc issues, congenital malformations, or even hip or knee issues that change how people carry themselves.  […]

Claiming Disability as a result of Fibromyalgia nerves

Claiming Disability as a result of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is an illness that affects millions of people nationwide, and of those individuals, many thousands will experience challenges claiming disability as a result of fibromyalgia.  This diagnosis is neurologic in nature, and its symptoms include tenderness to the touch in the muscles, joints, and soft tissue as well as […]