Often times we’re asked when is the best time to get a lawyer in a disability case. Given what’s going on in the system currently, the best advice I can give is: There is no time like the present. Basically, the reason for this is that claimants are now being encouraged to file electronically via the internet, and evidence can be submitted electronically as well. Therefore, having the benefit of counsel from the inception of a claim may provide that little extra that changes the stature of a potential case from the usual to the payable.
At Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer, we are now equipped to file applications electronically for claimants seeking disability. The advantage to this lies in the assistance we can provide in terms of marshalling medical records and correlating the facts of an individual’s case to both the Listings of Impairment and the Grid regulations.
If a person has Listings level impairment, their case is likely to be paid automatically. At the same time, if the claimant has only achieved a certain level of education and is age 50 or older, and limited to light or sedentary work when they did only medium or heavy work in the past, a decision could be expedited using the Grid regulations and avoiding the necessity for a lengthy waiting time for a hearing.
If you or someone you know is seeking disability, don’t hesitate to seek the services of the qualified professionals at Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer who are well versed in the area of disability law.