Panama City Social Security Disability Attorney
Claiming Social Security Disability Benefits in Panama City
You have spent years working and contributing to the Social Security system through your payroll taxes, and you have a right to receive the disability benefits guaranteed by our government. Unfortunately, in the Panama City area 76% of all initial applications are denied every year, and the process of appealing a claim can be lengthy, confusing and difficult. When you need benefits, you cannot afford to leave your fate in the hands of government bureaucrats. It is in your best interests to hire an attorney experienced in handling Social Security Disability cases at the beginning of the application process. An experienced Social Security Disability attorney can help you avoid common mistakes in the application process, help you seek the largest award of benefits possible, and can fight to defend your right to benefits if your claim is denied.
Dedicated Legal Representation for your SSD Claim
Whether you are thinking about filing a claim for Social Security Disability benefits, or have been denied benefits and are ready to appeal, the team at Shepard Law will be happy to meet with you to discuss your case and answer any questions you may have. Mr. Shepard has twelve years of experience, has served as President of the Bay County Bar Association and has earned an excellent reputation among judges, attorneys and with the firm's many clients. Mr. Shepard takes a very "hands-on" approach with his cases, personally meeting with Shepard Law clients throughout the process to answer any questions they may have regarding their case and the Social Security Disability process. Mr. Shepard works with an experienced team of paralegals who take pleasure in helping clients with every aspect of the case, easing your burden and making it as easy as possible for you to claim the benefits you deserve as soon as possible. Regardless of where you are in the Social Security Disability process, on the eve of your Social Security Hearing, or just beginning to think about your disability options and the benefits that may be available to you, the Shepard Law team stands ready to begin work on your case immediately.
Speeding Up the Claims Process
A high percentage of Social Security Disability claims are initially denied. It is important not to get discouraged and abandon your claim! Shepard Law's Social Security Disability practice is built on helping people who have been denied benefits. It is very common that a Social Security Disability Claim will require appealing an unfavorable decision whether as part of Reconsideration of a Denial, a Hearing with an Administrative Law Judge, or a Review of a Judge's Decision at Hearing with Social Security Appeals Council . A large number of claims are approved only after going through the Hearing process. However, the average wait time to receive a hearing in our area ranges from 12-18 months. The Shepard Law team does everything possible to get claims approved prior to Hearing. The Shepard Law team is continually updating medical records and corresponding with the Hearing Office to review the claim in light of the new evidence in an effort to secure an approval prior to going to a Hearing. The team at Shepard Law is focused on getting clients the Social Security Disability benefits they deserve as soon as possible. In addition to receiving benefits from the date of your application's approval, it is possible in most cases to recover the benefits you would have received if your application had not been denied in the first place.
Placing your Interests First
One thing that sets Shepard Law apart is their emphasis on getting clients approved as soon as possible. Many firms do not press for an early resolution because they are paid a percentage of the "back pay" (benefits that should have been paid while the claim was being appealed), In other words, the longer a lawyer holds on to a case, the more he or she will get paid when the claimant is approved for benefits. In many cases, the team at Shepard Law is able to get a client approved "on the record," which is to say clients are approved before having to go before a judge at Hearing.
No health insurance? No problem!
One of the most challenging aspects of filing a successful Social Security Disability claim for many clients is providing recent medical records that adequately diagnose the medical issue (physical or psychological) that they are facing. Many people do not have health insurance and cannot afford regular medical care. This is a serious problem in the Social Security Disability application process because the Social Security Administration requires medical evidence/diagnosis to prove disability. The team at Shepard Law routinely refers clients to a network of low-cost clinics and charitable services to secure the necessary medical diagnosis to improve their chances of getting their disability claim approved.
Working with you throughout the Process
The Shepard Law team believes in frequent client contact. Claiming Social Security Disability benefits is a long and drawn out process, a true "hurry up and wait" experience. When you work with the firm, you will not have to wonder about the current status of your claim, but will be able to find answers to your questions when you need them. Mr. Shepard is willing to personally meet with you throughout the process to tell you the work that has been done in your case, the current status of your case, what strategy is being employed, and what to expect going forward. If you want personal service and experienced legal representation to help you expedite your claim, call or visit Shepard Law to take the first steps in your case today!