My legal career began in 1976 when I started working for a government funded agency in Nassau county that provided free legal services to poor persons in civil matters. Among the services provided was the representation of persons appealing the denial of disability benefits. These applicants had to establish that due to a physical or mental impairment that has lasted or is expected to last at least 12 months they were unable to perform “substantial gainful activity” (e.g. full time work). With excellent training and supervision, I learned to effectively navigate the administrative appeal process and represent applicants at the hearing before an administrative law judge.
When I went into private practice in 1980, I continued to concentrate in Social Security cases. I have a very high success rate on the cases taken to a hearing which I attribute to good preparation. In order to be successful there must be medical evidence preferably from treating medical sources that establish an impairment severe enough to prevent the applicant from working. I focus on getting all objective evidence (test results, lab reports, x-rays, MRIs, CAT scans, etc…), hospital reports and doctor’s examination notes. I also seek opinion evidence from doctors regarding their patient’s ability to do work related activities (sitting, standing, walking, lifting, carrying, etc…). I thoroughly prepare clients as to what to expect at their hearing.
I have worked my entire career in an area which is heavily populated with Hispanics. My ability to speak Spanish fluently as well as my staff has helped me better represent my primarily Spanish speaking clients. I accept clients from all Long Island and from Queens and Brooklyn. All work is done on a contingency basis which means there is no attorney fee unless the case is successful and benefits granted. The fee is 25% of the one time retroactive benefits. The only expense a client may be responsible for is the cost of medical development.