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    Strictly speaking, you do not need an attorney. The procedures followed in Social Security Disability hearings and the general issues in these cases are not impossible to understand. As recently as 1980, attorneys were involved in only 20 to 30 percent of the hearings.

    However, beginning in the early 1980s there were a number of changes in the law that added to its complexity, and those changes (in the form of changes to the Social Security Act, Regulations and Social Security Rulings) continue to this day. Claimants who are not represented at their hearing before the administrative law judge (ALJ) are denied twice as often as those who are represented.

    So, the decision about whether you "need" an attorney is up to you. But allow us to tell you some of the things we can do to put your case in its best light and increase your chances of succeeding in your claim:

    • Gather medical evidence and other evidence
    • Contact your doctor/s to obtain a report of your medical condition that is geared directly to Social Security Disability requirements
    • Request that Social Security schedule a medical or psychological examination
    • Review your Social Security file
    • Review decisions made by the Social Security Administration
    • Ask for reopening of prior applications
    • Prepare you to testify at your hearing
    • Question any witnesses at your hearing
    • Present opening and closing statements at your hearing and/or argue that your claim may be favorably decided without a hearing
    • If you are successful, make sure the Social Security Administration correctly calculates your benefits

    At Osterhout Berger Daley, our commitment to winning your Social Security Disability case begins the moment you contact us. Our experienced attorneys employ a comprehensive strategy tailored to each client's unique situation. Here's what we do to maximize your chances of a favorable outcome:

    • Thorough Case Analysis: We start by thoroughly reviewing your case history and medical records to identify the key elements that will support your claim.
    • Expert Medical Collaboration: We collaborate with medical professionals to ensure that your medical documentation meets the SSA's stringent criteria. This includes facilitating specialized medical evaluations and securing detailed support from your treating physicians.
    • Strategic Legal Representation: Our attorneys are experienced at navigating the complexities of Social Security law. We handle all legal filings, represent you in all hearings, and employ strategic arguments that highlight why your case meets the disability criteria.
    • Persistent Advocacy: We advocate relentlessly on your behalf, challenging any discrepancies and ensuring that no detail is overlooked.
    • Continuous Communication: Keeping you informed at every step, we provide guidance on the best practices for your case and prepare you thoroughly for your hearing.

    By leveraging our deep expertise and personalized approach, we aim to secure the benefits you deserve.

    Winning a Social Security Disability claim requires active participation on your part, alongside the expert help of your attorney. Here’s how you can contribute to the success of your case:

    • Maintain Accurate Records: Keep detailed records of all medical treatments, diagnoses, and recommendations. Accurate and up-to-date documentation is crucial.
    • Follow Medical Advice: Adhering to your doctor's prescribed treatment plans and attending all medical appointments are essential. This demonstrates the severity and ongoing nature of your disability.
    • Communicate Openly with Your Attorney: Provide your attorney with all the necessary information and notify them of any changes in your medical condition or treatment. Transparency is key to building a strong case.
    • Prepare for Hearings: Work with your attorney to understand the hearing process and what will be expected of you. Being well-prepared can significantly impact the judge's decision.
    • Stay Informed: Understanding the Social Security Disability process will help you stay engaged and make informed decisions throughout your case.

    Your proactive involvement is vital to navigating the complexities of the claim process and achieving a successful outcome.

    If a judge has already denied your Social Security Disability claim, do not lose hope. At Osterhout Berger Daley, we specialize in handling appeals with a robust approach:

    • Comprehensive Case Review: Our attorneys will review the judge's decision to identify any errors or oversights.
    • Filing an Appeal: We will guide you through the appeals process, ensuring that all deadlines are met and the necessary paperwork is completed accurately.
    • Strengthening Your Case: We will work to strengthen your case by gathering additional evidence, securing further medical opinions, and enhancing the documentation of your disability.
    • Preparation for Appeal Hearing: Our team will prepare you thoroughly for the appeal hearing, rehearsing key points and helping you present your case compellingly.
    • Persistent Legal Representation: We will represent you at the appeal hearing, arguing your case passionately and persuasively to overturn the previous decision.

    Let our experience and dedication work for you in turning the tide and achieving the outcome you need.

    We Help Our Clients at Every Step:

    Initial Applications
    Administrative Hearings
    Appeals Council


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