Biggest Mistakes made when applying for Disability

  1. Not meeting with the Representative (Lawyer) at the beginning of your case. Your representative should explain the five step sequential evaluation process that the Social Security Administration uses in deciding your case as well as how the process works and answer any questions you may have. 3.3
  2. Not picking a “Lawyer” from the beginning to represent you. I am biased because I am a lawyer who has represented claimants for almost 20 years; however there are “representatives” who will offer to represent you but they are not attorneys and often do not know the numerous laws that can affect your case.3
  3. Not focusing on the medical conditions that really matter in your case. If you have high blood pressure, sure you have to treat that but because it rarely causes any real limitations in you ability to work it is usually not relevant in your case. You need to focus on treating the conditions that cause limitations that prevent you from working and you can never have too much of that kind of medical evidence if you want to win your case. Focus on objective medical evidence that clearly show your conditions and how they limit your ability to work.
  4. Not keeping your lawyer updated as to the new doctors you are seeing and any new objective evidence that will help win your case.
  5. Not meeting with your attorney prior to your hearing. I often hear from claimants that have never met the person representing them until about 15 minutes before you go in front of the judge. I always meet with my clients a day to a week before the hearing to make sure the record is complete and that we both understand the theory by which you may be granted benefits. It also can be helpful to answer any last questions a claimant my have with respect to the hearing as well as alleviate some of the anxiety that every claimant has before their hearing.

10 Replies to “Biggest Mistakes made when applying for Disability”

  1. I’ve been trying to get disability since 2013, I have drs stating I’m totally permanent disabled, I hired parmilie law firm met with them once and hardly ever hear from them. They don’t return my calls.

  2. I generally don’t take cases that have a prior representative. U can call my office and the will do an intake. Let them know I messaged you. If I was to take your case I would require the previous rep to waive fees, which they sometimes do. Unfortunately when you hire some of this firms that market well you become just a number to them. When I represent someone they get me from start to finish and always meet with them in person at the beginning of the case and prior to hearing and along the way as needed. My office number is 618-625-3525. Best of luck however you decide to proceed.

  3. I generally don’t take cases that have a prior representative. U can call my office and the will do an intake. Let them know I messaged you. If I was to take your case I would require the previous rep to waive fees, which they sometimes do. Unfortunately when you hire some of this firms that market well you become just a number to them. When I represent someone they get me from start to finish and always meet with them in person at the beginning of the case and prior to hearing and along the way as needed. My office number is 618-625-3525. Best of luck however you decide to proceed.

  4. That’s unfortunate that you had representation you felt let you down. I always meet with my clients along the way to help coordinate the theory by which you might be granted benefits. If you apply again and are denied I would be take a look at your case and Leo you to understand what you need to win your case.

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