As with any business, Social Security disability is filled with its own language. If you don't know all the acronyms, you might have no idea what is happening. I have had countless hearings where the claimant won his or her case, but let the room with no idea what just happened. When I tell people they won, they look at me doubtfully and ask how I can be so sure. After all, the judge never said: "You win." Can you blame people for their confusion? If you were sitting in the hearing room and the judge said, "I'm satisfied that the claimant grids out because she is fast approaching retirement age and the AOD is before the DLI," would you think that means you won? Would that mean anything at all to you? Just in the time I have been doing Social Security disability work, the rules and regulations have gotten far more complicated. You have to wonder how likely you are to succeed at anything if you don't even speak the language. This is not to say it is mandatory to hire a (local!) lawyer. But the days when you could represent yourself and have a good chance of winning seem to be disappearing.
About the Author
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.