Different attorneys have different specialties, so you want to find a lawyer whose practice is focused exclusively Social Security Disability. I handle Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cases, for children and for adults, as well as appeals, including to Federal District Court.
Secondly, you want an attorney with experience. I have been practicing law for thirty seven years, since 1987, and have had my own private practice since 1997.
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Besides my J.D. in law, I have a Ph.D. in Biopsychology. My practice is limited to Social Security disability. That means experience and expertise.
Government statistics show that you are much more likely to be awarded Social Security disability benefits when you have an attorney to help you. But how can you know who is the best disability attorney for you?
The big-picture answer is: analyze what needs to be proven to win benefits, figure out how to prove it, and gather the necessary evidence. Some of the specific tasks are:
- Obtain reports from treating doctors that are consistent with Social Security regulations
- Refer claimants to specialists for additional reports that answer questions raised by Social Security regulations
- Obtain a vocational expert’s evaluation of the claimant’s ability to work
- Ask that a prior application for benefits be reopened
- Seek a waiver of a time limit
- Request subpoenas to insure the presence of crucial witnesses or documents
- Advise the claimant on how best to prepare for and testify at the hearing
- Object to improper evidence or procedures at the hearing
- Cross-examine adverse witnesses
- Present a closing statement
- Submit a written summary of the evidence and argument
- If the claimant wins, make sure the SSA correctly calculates benefits
- If the claimant loses, request review of the hearing decision by the Appeals Council