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    Help for Social Security Disability, Veterans’ Disability, Long-Term Disability and Workers’ Comp

    Patrick Cates is a disability attorney and partner at Silver & Archibald who helps people get financial assistance and reclaim their lives when medical conditions cut off their work and ability to make a living.

    Several government programs and insurance policies exist for workers with illnesses and injuries: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Veterans’ Disability, private long-term disability insurance, and workers’ compensation for on-the-job injuries.

    Patrick helps workers with all of these kinds of claims. He has two decades of legal experience.

    After law school, he started his legal career as an attorney for Georgia Legal Services. He helped people with Social Security benefits, unemployment benefits, Medicaid appeals, landlord–tenant disputes, and family law.

    It was a natural fit for Patrick to join the Silver & Archibald disability law firm in 2014.

    His Social Security Disability experience includes filing over 130 appeals in federal court—the highest level of appeal for people who’ve had their disability claims denied.

    In most cases, he won reversals of those denials of life-changing benefits for his clients.

    Applying for disability benefits from Social Security or the Department of Veterans Affairs can be a long and frustrating process,” Patrick says.

    “Many of my clients receive denials of their claims at first. I am reenergized whenever we help a client win a favorable decision. Often this makes the difference in having health insurance, keeping a home, and paying for food and other necessities.

    Helping people breathe easier about their economic security is particularly satisfying to Patrick because his clients often worked hard in tough jobs or served the country in the armed forces in hazardous conditions. They earned and deserve support.

    The law firm also helps hard-working Georgians, he said, by supporting organizations in Athens and Northeast Georgia ranging from the domestic violence shelter Project Safe to Little League teams for children.

    Patrick enjoys coaching Little League. And he serves on the board of Athens Little League.

    You can start working with Patrick and the Silver & Archibald team by getting a free consultation on your case. We help people in Atlanta, Augusta, Macon, Savannah, Athens, Columbus, and across all of Georgia and the South.

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    Willamette University College of Law

    • Juris Doctor, 2005

    University of Georgia

    • Bachelor of History, 2001
    Court & Bar Admissions

    Court & Bar Admissions

    • State of Georgia
    • Court of Appeals of Georgia
    • Supreme Court of Georgia
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
    • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
    • Accreditation to represent veterans before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
    Associations & Activities

    Associations & Activities

    • National Association of Veterans’ Advocates (NOVA)
    • Board member ofThe Ark, Athens, Georgia
    • Board member of Athens Little League

    Meet the Silver & Archibald Disability Lawyers

    The Georgia Social Security lawyers at Silver & Archibald win more benefits for people than any other Georgia law firm, as shown by government rankings. Our team of disability attorneys has a combined 80 years of experience in legal practice. Our mission is to make it easier to get the kind of help that lets you live a fuller life.

    They helped me with my SSA disability case. . . .They are excellent in what they do, and I fully recommend them.

    — Ted Richey in Google Reviews


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