It’s really a shame that most people need to hire an attorney to obtain their disability benefits, but it is true. We recently took on a new client who is only 20 years old. He has been on disability benefits all his life due to a brain injury as a child. However, when he turned 18, his benefits were terminated, because Social Security decided he was no longer disabled.
The client’s family initiated a new claim for him as an adult, but didn’t think they would need an attorney, since it was so obvious that their son was disabled. His case was denied, and they appealed to the Reconsideration level, again thinking that someone had just made a mistake and would correct it when it was appealed. Unfortunately, the case was denied again.
The family requested a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, and finally decided that they needed to hire someone to help them with the case. They called us. We reviewed the case, and immediately wrote a letter to the Judge, explaining about the client’s long term disabling conditions and why the Judge should find him disabled without having to wait for a hearing, which generally takes a year. We received a favorable decision on his behalf last week, without having to wait for a hearing. If they had come to us sooner, we might have been able to help them win at an earlier stage in the process.
Regardless of where you are in the appeals process, from just considering applying to waiting for a hearing to be scheduled, we can help you. Feel free to contact us. We will be happy to evaluate your case, for free, and help you to understand the application process. Remember, we only get paid if we win your case, so we want you to win almost as much as you do.