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If I Have A Lawyer, Should I Appeal On My Own?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Apr 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

I encountered something new recently. A client of mine lost her case in front of a Social Security disability judge. That part is not new. I filed an appeal of that decision. Later, when checking on the status of this appeal, I learned that Social Security had cut off my access to that file.  When I called to ask why Social Security told me something surprising. The client had filed her own appeal after I had filed for her. Worse, in her appeal, the client indicated she had no lawyer.

Yeah, No So Good

When Social Security got the second appeal, they took me off the case. While I was no longer listed as the client's representative, Social Security made denied her appeal.

An Avoidable Mistake

All of this could have been avoided had the client not filed her own appeal. There was no reason for her to do so. At best such a filing would make things more complicated. The worst, as we have seen, was more damaging.

Let Your Lawyer Do What You Hired Him To Do

The bottom line here is this: if you have a lawyer let him or her file all the required paperwork with Social Security. If you do have a reason to file on your own, make sure you discuss this with your lawyer first.

You hire a lawyer to do such things as file appeals. Let her do that. It will make life much easier for all involved. 

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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