(Perspective from Nash Disability Law Attorney Dan Rosen)
At our very first meeting, Mary W. dropped a thick stack of papers on my desk.
Despite the debilitating effects of a severe knee injury, Mary (name changed for privacy) had her initial application for disability benefits rejected by Social Security. She hired Nash Disability Law to file an appeal and showed me the extensive amount of evidence she had diligently collected in support of her case.
The problem was it was the wrong kind of evidence. Our disability law team rolled up our sleeves and worked hand-in-hand with Mary to build a proper case.
And we won.
If you were going to trek through a thick and nearly impenetrable jungle, you wouldn’t make that kind of journey without a skilled and knowledgeable guide, would you?
Like going through a jungle, the path to winning disability benefits is complicated and difficult to navigate.
To collect under either the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs, you’re faced with an impersonal and uncaring bureaucracy that seems intent on denying you the benefits you have rightfully earned.
However, a Government Accounting Office study found that you are almost three times more likely to be awarded disability benefits after a hearing if you have a representative like a disability attorney to guide you.
All too often, in our office we see individuals who were denied benefits before they consulted with us because they had the wrong kind of evidence, or they left out critical information that would have been helpful to winning their cases.
At Nash Disability Law we take a disciplined approach to ensure the right evidence is submitted to the right place at the right time. (For more information, see our blog article: “When Should I Consult with an Attorney about My Social Security Claim?”)
For you to be awarded Social Security Disability benefits, your case must be supported by objective medical evidence.
Information from your doctor is vital to your case, so knowing what questions to ask your doctor and gathering the right medical records is critically important. It is not enough that your doctor says you are “disabled,” but rather, they must explain why. (See: “How Can Social Security Dispute My Doctor’s Opinion That I Am ‘Disabled?’” )
Reading medical records can be difficult and time-consuming. A good disability lawyer can pick out the important details in your medical file and highlight them for your Social Security administrative law judge.
Your lawyer can also guide you in obtaining the right opinion from your doctor. (See: “The Secret To Winning Your Disability Case.”)
Furthermore, most individuals who need to appear at a disability hearing with a disability judge are simply not aware of the innumerable rules and regulations that play a part in receiving a favorable decision on an SSDI or SSI claim.
Blame it on television shows, but sometimes people have the expectation that disability cases will have all the drama of an episode of “Law and Order.”
The reality is quite different. It is diligent, behind-the-scenes and non-glamorous work that wins disability cases. It is skill and knowledge that carries the day.
Because your disability lawyer works on a contingency fee basis (they only get paid if you win, and their fees are limited by law), they are on your side and have a stake in the outcome of your case along with you.
The Nash Disability Law attorneys have extensive experience focusing exclusively on Social Security Disability law.
They will present your case in a way that Social Security can understand.
Contact us for a free evaluation of your situation.