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A Social Security Disability Lawyer Rejected my case what should I do next?

A Social Security Disability Lawyer Rejected my case what should I do next?

At Sharon Christie Law, a Baltimore Social Security Disability Law Firm, we are often asked the question, A Social Security Disability Lawyer Rejected my case what should I do next? In this video, Sharon Christie examines this question and provides you with the answer.

Official Transcript: A Social Security Disability Lawyer Rejected my case what should I do next? 

Hi I’m Sharon Christie your nurse attorney for Social Security disability benefits. Maybe you have thought about applying for disability and say you’ve contacted a law firm. You’ve talked to them about your case and they’ve said well you know we understand you have problems but we don’t think this is a case that’s going to meet the social security standard and therefore we can’t help you with your case. Or maybe you’ve applied by yourself and been denied and you’ve had the same kind of conversation with the law firm you know what happens. What does that mean?  

Well, I will tell you that just like people are recommended in certain situations medically to get a second opinion. I always think that legally you should get a second opinion too if you think that you have good reasons why you’re not able to work and one lawyer may see it one way and feel that it’s not strong enough for a disability case. But I’ll tell you that another lawyer may evaluate the case differently. I know that for myself I have taken cases that other lawyers have said no to and I am sure that lawyers have taken some of the cases that I said no to. You know we all have our own processes for evaluating cases. 

We think those are good processes. I think I use a really excellent process to evaluate our case but that doesn’t mean I’m always right because I know that sometimes I’m not. And so, I may well say no to a case that another lawyer is going to think of a different theory or a different way to approach that case that can be successful. So, I would always recommend that if you’ve had one lawyer tell you now that you should go get a second opinion.

You also want to ask well why don’t you think this is a good case? I know that when we reject a disability case, we always say why we feel from our point of view it’s not a case that we could handle successfully and that’s I think a great question to ask because you want to have a better understanding of what Social Security is looking for. Remember the standard for Social Security disability is do you have severe limitations from your health problems that will keep you from doing your current job or any work you’ve done in the last 15 years or any other type of job even something very easy and that you will not be able to work for at least 12 consecutive months. So that’s a standard by which we all evaluate our cases. 

If you’ve received a no from a lawyer just ask why and then move on and get a second opinion. If you receive multiple notice that I think you really have to look at that and think long and hard about whether it even makes sense to try to continue to pursue a disability case. Ultimately of course that decision is up to you but don’t assume immediately if one lawyer says no that there is no case. Do yourself a favor and always get at least one second opinion.

The Path to Social Security Disability Benefits with Sharon Christie Law

Step 1: Understanding Social Security’s Definition of Disabled

The definition of disabled, according to Social Security, is that you have severe limitations from your health problems that keep you from doing any kind of work for at least 12 consecutive months. This is the first thing we look at when evaluating your case. Your diagnosis is just the starting point. To get disability benefits for you, we must prove that your disabling condition causes severe limitations in your day to day activities.

Step 2: Medical Records in Your Disability Case

You must have medical evidence to prove your disability case. The most important evidence is your medical records that show your diagnosis, your symptoms, and your response to treatment.

Step 3: Don’t go it alone: How Sharon Christie Law Can Help You

At Sharon Christie Law, a Social Security Disability Law Firm, we recognize that no one ever plans to get so sick that they have to stop working. When you need to apply for Social Security Disability Benefits we recognize that you will be anxious about the process and whether you can qualify for disability benefits. Our goal at Sharon Christie Law is to help you win your case and give you the financial stability you need! Why work with us?

We do it all for you: At Sharon Christie Law we handle all aspects of the case for you, from preparing and filing your application through the hearing with a judge. We are with you every step of the way.  When working with us, you focus on feeling better, and we focus on winning your case.

We return your phone calls: We understand that you have many questions regarding Social Security Disability Benefits. We never want you to wonder what is happening with your case. We are here to answer your questions. All phone calls and emails are returned within 24 hours. That is our promise to you.

We believe in client education: The Social Security Disability process is confusing. We think it is important that you understand each step in the process. So, we created a section on our website that is accessible only to clients. This client’s only section tells you everything you need to know about the disability process.