Why do I need James Mitchell Brown to apply for disability benefits or to help appeal my claim?
Retaining me early in the process is advantageous for several reasons. First, the best time to retain my services is prior to the filing of your application. Retaining me early in the process will enable me to develop the medical evidence in your case most favorably. We work with doctors to ensure your medical condition is fully and accurately recorded in your chart, particularly with respect to the physical and/or medical limitations that limit your ability to work. Second, we attorneys also get claims filed and processed with greater speed and efficiency that you can do on your own. Because we are experienced with the process and are known by the SSA, there is an additional level of credibility that would be lacking if you filed a claim or appeal on your own.
How can I tell if my disability is severe enough for me to apply for Social Security disability benefits?
We discuss this with you and obtain the evidence necessary to start your claim. You don’t have to be bedridden to be considered “disabled.” If, because of medical problems, you cannot work at your job which you have done within the past fifteen (15) years, you are technically “disabled,” and should immediately consult with us about applying for Social Security disability benefits. Please be cautioned, however, that the Social Security Administration does not always equate being unable to work with being “disabled.” Our job is to prove that you should be paid benefits.
Since medical evidence is so important, should I have my doctor write a letter to the Social Security Administration? Should I gather medical records and send them to SSA?
I do this for you. Doctors are not familiar with how to reply to the technical legal issues involved in proving their patients entitlement to disability benefits. We procure this very critical information from your physician in the best possible form for Social Security. The SSA will request directly from your doctor any medical records which it needs.
What is the biggest mistake people make when trying to get disability benefits?
Failing to appeal! I do this for his clients. More than half of all claimants who are initially denied benefits do not appeal their case. Another critical mistake is the failure to immediately get appropriate medical care. Medical records which speak to your problems are the most effective tool in disability cases – it is essential that you see a doctor and continue to do so on a regular basis in order to chronicle the history of your disability.
Do you conduct telephone consultations?
Yes. I gather all information pertinent to your case over the phone. We will then file the claim on your behalf, answer your questions during the course of the claim, obtain all of the necessary evidence and present it to Social Security.
What are the fees for having James Mitchell Brown represent me?
You will only pay a fee when we win your case. When you receive a favorable decision, and remain disabled through normal retirement age you will usually receive hundreds of thousands of dollars plus Medicare and the most our fee will be is generally $6,000. No additional fees are owed out of your future monthly Social Security benefits. In addition to any fees that might be paid, you may be expected to reimburse us for costs which we have incurred in gathering medical records and obtaining narrative reports from your doctors.