For years lawyers have repeated the old axiom: “he who represents himself has a fool for a client.” There’s now statistical proof to support that adage, at least in the Social Security Disability context. A recent Government Accountability Office study showed that “claimants who had representatives, such as an attorney or family member, were allowed benefits at a rate nearly 3 times higher than those without representatives.”
Admittedly, that success rate is affected by an experienced representative’s ability to chose cases that are likely to be successful. But even Social Security Administration officials say that “a representative can help the claimant by ensuring that the medical evidence and other records are fully developed and help the claimant present their case at a hearing.” When the people reviewing the claims say it makes a difference, any claimant would be wise to listen.
Our office has successfully handled cases involving a wide variety of medical conditions including degenerative disc disease, lyme disease, intellectual disability, reactive attachment disorder, pseudo-seizures, cataplexy, Crohn’s disease, visual impairments, and many more. If your initial application has been denied, call for a free consultation.