Why Hire an Attorney?
Some people may think of Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits as an entitlement, but the reality is far from the truth, as the attorneys at the Law Offices of Lawrence D. Rohlfing know from decades of experience helping people obtain their benefits through a complicated and sometimes lengthy process of trials and appeals. Trying to obtain SSD benefits without the help of experienced legal counsel can be daunting, frustrating, and ultimately unsuccessful. If you have become disabled and can no longer work, SSD benefits may be vital to the survival of you and your family. Don't risk losing benefits because you didn't have the level of legal expertise necessary to pursue a successful application.
Why You Need an Attorney
In California, over one-half of all SSD applications are initially met with denials, necessitating a filing for reconsideration, an appeal, or other tactic. Applications which are prepared and pursued by qualified and experienced disability benefits attorneys are more likely to meet with initial success, meaning that you can start receiving your benefits sooner. There are many reasons why the SSA may deny coverage:
- SSA considers you to be working
- SSA believes your condition does not interfere with basic work-related activities
- SSA decides your medical condition is not sufficiently disabling or long-term
- SSA decides that you can still do the work you did previously
- SSA believes that you are able to adjust to another type of work
- SSA believes you are abusing the system through fraud or other means
Convincing SSA otherwise requires preparing and presenting persuasive evidence to an administrative law judge (ALJ), a professional who sees countless Social Security claims and decides on their merits. Your case may require the introduction of expert testimony from medical experts as to your medical condition, and from vocational experts as to your inability to work at your former job or other types of jobs. Experts may know what they are talking about, but they are not always skilled at communicating facts in language that is easy to understand by non-experts. An attorney who is familiar with technical jargon and legal terms of art can bridge that gap between the experts and the ALJ or appeals panel.
Why You Need Lawrence D. Rohlfing
The Law Offices of Lawrence D. Rohlfing practices exclusively in the area of Social Security Disability. Many of the firm's attorneys have focused their entire legal careers on this one area of expertise. Our firm includes attorneys who are members of SuperLawyers and who are AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating given for legal ability, ethics and professionalism. Firm founder and principal attorney Lawrence D. Rohlfing has personally handled thousands of trials and appeals in 25 years of disability benefits law practice. He is also a frequent lecturer on the topic of Social Security law to local and national organizations of attorneys and Social Security claimants' representatives. Other lawyers are aware of the experience and expertise at our firm, and often refer cases to us or seek assistance with a trial or appeal.
If you have become disabled and can no longer work, trust a law firm with the knowledge, skills, and experience to make your application for benefits successful. Contact the Law Offices of Lawrence D. Rohlfing for a free consultation regarding your condition and application for Social Security Disability benefits.