Thursday, September 9, 2010

Social Security Disability Claimant Finally Meets Attorney at Hearing

If you are a Cincinnati social security disability claimant would you really want to meet your attorney for the first time right before you appear in front of the Administrative law Judge for your hearing. If I was a claimant, about to have one of the most important aspects of my life determined with the help of an attorney, I would certainly want to meet the lawyer well in advance of the hearing.

Sure you can talk on the phone or correspond by mail. But is that the same as meeting someone in their office face to face and getting your questions answered. Don't you want to see on the attorneys face that they understand you. The attorney should also should want to see on your face that you understand them. After all how much do you care about someone if you never met them?

Most disability attorneys not only meet their client when they are hired, they meet with you days before the hearing to go over your case with you to prepare you for the hearing. Then they meet with you before the hearing to reinforce and highlight the keys issues for your case.

So you might want to think twice before you hire a so called national social security firm. One that likely does not even have an office here. Also know that the local Cincinnati disability attorneys work closely with the local Cincinnati administrative law office and are more likely to know what the different judges are looking for to allow or deny your case. Sure you might say, Tony aren't you being a little self serving. Maybe so. But there are many great local social security disability attorneys that I would recommend you hire rather than an out of town national law firm that will only meet you for the first time the day of the hearing.

Here's just a few that I would recommend: David Kapor

Jim Williams

Mike Mooney

George Moeller

There are very many other competent local social security disability lawyers. So choose a lawyer you can have the best relationship with. Someone you can get to know face to face.

By Anthony Castelli Cincinnati social security disability Attorney

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Social Security Decision Granted On the Record For Depression

This post will help you understand how an emotional disorder, such as depression, can be the basis for getting social security disability benefits. The other part of this blog will talk about an on the record decision.

An on the record decision by a social security law judge means that your case did not have to proceed all the way to a hearing where you would be present in front of the judge to testify. It means that the social security disability judge based their decision on the records in front of them. This allows your case to be decided faster than ordinary.

So how do you get an on the record decision. One you can ask an attorney advisor to review the case. Or you prepare a memorandum and have the judge look at it. Of course you must have strong evidence.

In this case my client had a nervous breakdown followed by some improvement. He could take care of himself. But any work was way too stressful and would make the depression and anxiety worse. I asked the treating psychologist to write a comprehensive report and to respond to some particular questions. The report was well thought out and tipped the case in our favor. Such that the judge called and said a hearing would not be necessary. This was despite two earlier denials.

So do not loose heart if you get denied. And don't delay. If you have been denied please call me Cincinnati social security disability lawyer Anthony Castelli 1-800-447-6549 so I can help you get the compensation you deserve.