Why ? Because most visitors to the Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU have been denied Social Security Disability benefits at the initial application level or reconsideration, and the evidence tends to suggest that the overwhelming majority of cases have been won at the Hearing level. “The opportunity to present the full case to a Federal Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) provides us with the chance to show that our clients are indeed disabled from all forms of work. Indeed, our clients’ initial applications are often incomplete, and their doctors’ conclusory notes usually fail to carry their burden of proof. Besides, if we prepare every case for court, then we are never unready and even win cases on the record before even appearing before the ALJ.”
At the Hearing sites, Landau and his clients have seen lawyers and representatives preparing then and there ! “Waiting until the last minute is a terrible idea,” notes Landau. “What if the Federal judge is ready early ? What if your client and her family get stuck in traffic and arrive at the Social Security office late ? If you have not already prepared your case, you are going to have problems. By preparing well in advance, we increase the likelihood of a fully favorable decision. Those disabled individuals who lose at the ALJ level have little chance of success at the Appeals Council, the Federal District Court, and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeal. The Hearing level is often our best chance for prevailing.” Landau concludes, “Failure to fully prepare can lead to time consuming, difficult and expensive appeals. Preparation for the Hearing should begin at the outset in order to maximize your chance of success in your Social Security Disability case.”
If you or someone you know or care for has been injured and become disabled as the result of a car, truck, bicycle or motorcycle crash and there are questions about Social Security Disability Income, e-mail or call us at ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd. (703-796-9555) at once.