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Pikeville Social Security Attorney

Many Americans suddenly find themselves unable to work due to a disability. When this happens, financial assistance is often needed.

Social security is a form of federal financial assistance that you may likely be eligible for if you or a partner is disabled. To start receiving social security benefits, you need to complete an application. As many people discover, this application process is not simple – which is why many people choose to hire a social security attorney.

Am I eligible for social security benefits?

A lot of Americans are unsure whether they qualify for social security benefits. There are a number of requirements that you must meet to qualify, some of which are fairly obvious and some of which are not obvious at all. A few things that can prevent people from getting access to social security benefits include:

  • Not having enough credits
  • Working in certain industries such as the railroad industry
  • Being divorced after a marriage of less than 10 years (when claiming benefits based on earnings of an ex-spouse)
  • Having a health condition that is not legally classed as a disability

By hiring a Pikeville social security attorney, you can determine whether you are eligible or not. Such attorneys have a good knowledge of social security and all the requirements necessary to qualify. This saves you trying to fill out an application only to be rejected.

How do I apply for social security benefits?

You can apply for SSD (social security disability benefits) and SSI (supplemental security income) online. This involves filling out a form in which you will be asked questions regarding your situation to help determine your eligibility and how much you could be owed.

You will need to have certain documents to hand while making your application. A few necessary pieces of information that you will need to gather include:

  • Your social security number
  • A W-2 form or federal income tax return document from the previous year
  • A copy of your birth certificate/proof of citizenship
  • Medical records
  • Prescription medication information
  • Information about any worker’s compensation claims you may have made
  • Military discharge papers (if you were in the military)
  • A list of the five last jobs you have worked and the dates that your worked
  • Contact details of someone who knows about your condition

A social security attorney can help you to identify exactly which documents you need if you are unsure. On top of this, they can answer any questions you may have about the application process, and even fill out your application on your behalf. All in all, hiring a social security attorney can help to simplify the application process, helping to reduce the risk of any mistakes that could prevent you being approved.

Can you appeal if you are denied social security benefits?

Being denied social security benefits can be frustrating. Many people see social security benefits as a last hope if earning money through work or any other income scheme is not possible – after losing this hope, you may not know what to do next. It may also seem unfair if other people you know are receiving social security benefits when their disability or financial struggles may not seem as severe.

Fortunately, if you feel that you have been unfairly denied social security benefits, it is possible to make an appeal. This is one of the best reasons to hire a Pikeville social security attorney – an attorney will be able to work out why your application was denied and how you can strengthen your application when re-applying. There are different levels to the appeals process and an attorney can help you to make your appeal on the right level. Ultimately, you have more chance of being approved for social security benefits when appealing with the help of an attorney than trying to appeal without one.

Why you should choose Ray S. Jones

If you do decide to hire a Pikeville social security attorney to help you with your social security application, it is important that you hire the right attorney. By choosing Ray S Jones Injury Attorneys, you can be certain that you will be paired with a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer. Our attorneys have worked on many social security applications and appeals in the past, and we have helped many citizens to claim the benefits they deserve. Whether you simply need advice or would like us to carry out the application process for you, we can help.

Contact us today and we can start assisting you with your social security application or appeal.

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Bill Hickman - Ray S Jones Law


Bill is a Pike County native. He graduated from Virgie High School, Eastern Kentucky University, the University of Kentucky Law School and began practicing law in Pike County in 1975. Bill served as Staff Attorney and as an Executive Officer of Community Trust Bank, with over 22 years of banking and banking law experience. For 22 years Bill served as general counsel at Community Trust Bank.

Bill focuses on personal injury, business disputes, complex probate litigation, and representing consumers who have been wronged by banks, financial institutions, and lenders.

Bill has successfully represented both individuals and businesses in complex litigations involving many types of commercial transactions including breach of contract, common fraud, common bad faith, has handled employee discrimination, and has extensive experience in employee discrimination claims.

Bill is also a veteran of the U.S. Army. Bill resides in Pikeville with his wife Shirley.


Colonel Roy J. Downey has been representing the interests of injured people for over 30 years. He has extensive experience in motor vehicle accidents, workers’ compensation, disability and Social Security. Roy has practiced law at all levels of the court system in Kentucky. 

He is a retired Colonel in the USAR, having served in Afghanistan and Iraq.


Kevin is a native of Pike County. He graduated from Johns Creek High School, Morehead State University and Salmon P. Chase College of Law. He was admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1999 and since that time has practiced almost exclusively in the area of personal injury.

Kevin began his career defending many complex proceedings throughout Kentucky. In 2003 Kevin’s practice transitioned into exclusively representing victims of car and truck crashes, defective products, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, and injuries due to the dangerous conditions on businesses premises.

In August 2020, Kevin became Pike County Attorney. Kevin has focused on making the county safer, child support collections, and has been a tireless advocate for children involved in dependency, neglect and abuse cases.

He and his wife, Tiffany, have two sons, Colin and Cooper

Ray Jones II - Ray Jones Law Office


Ray S. Jones II has been representing clients in complex personal injury claims for nearly 28 years. He has obtained substantial verdicts and settlements in difficult cases involving motor vehicle collisions, medical malpractice, construction and mining accident cases as well as workers’ compensation claims.

Ray was born in Whitesburg, Kentucky, and grew up in Pike County. After high school, Ray attended Eastern Kentucky University where he graduated magna cum laude in 1991. Ray obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Louisville School of Law in 1994. While at the University of Louisville, Ray received numerous academic awards, including the Corpus Juris Secundum Award for academic excellence in Torts, as well as book awards in Corporations and Negotiable Instruments. Upon returning to his native eastern Kentucky, Ray entered private practice in 1995, and has practiced extensively in state courts throughout Kentucky, as well as in federal court. Ray was twice elected president of the Pike County Kentucky Bar Association, and in November 2000, Ray was elected as State Senator for the 31st Senatorial District. He was subsequently re-elected in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. In 2019 Ray gave up his Senate seat to answer the desperate cry for help in his home county and was sworn in as Pike County Judge Executive on January 7, 2019.

The 31st Senatorial District currently is comprised of Pike, Martin, Lawrence, Elliott and Morgan Counties. Ray served as the Senate Minority Leader and on several key legislative committees, including the Senate Committees on Appropriations & Revenue, Judiciary, Transportation, Natural Resources & Energy, Special Subcommittee on Energy, and the Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation.

Ray has obtained multiple verdicts, recoveries and settlements in excess of $1,000,000.

Ray is married to Dr. Paula Jones; they have three children, Grayson, Lauren and Lawson.

Our goal is to help people in the best way possible. this is a basic principle in every case and cause for success. contact us today for a free consultation. 

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