Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Make Sure Your Disability Attorney Reviews Your Work History

The following information was submitted to this blog by South Carolina Social Security Disability Attorney Sam Jefcoat:

Client L was a woman in her mid 50s. She suffered from severe post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar (manic depression) disorder. She also suffered from arthritis and diabetes.

This case proceeded rather typically. We obtained residual functional capacity questionnaires from her physicians regarding her conditions and abilities.

In the course of preparing the case for hearing, we determined that Client L had listed an incorrect alleged onset date on her application. Client had listed a date in October, when in fact she had last worked in March of the given year. Her work after March was less than three months in duration, such that under Social Security’s rules, it was an Unsuccessful Work Attempt.

Ultimately, we obtained a favorable ruling from the Federal Administrative Law Judge, even getting the earlier onset date. As a result, Client L received seven additional months of back benefits.

The lesson to be learned from this case:

1. Make sure your attorney carefully reviews your work history to determine if your alleged onset date is correct. You may actually be entitled to additional benefits.

Samuel H. Jefcoat
Attorney at Law, LLC

How to contact if you need representation in South Carolina

1501 Main Street
Post Office Box 397
Newberry, South Carolina 29108

Phone: 803-321-2321
Fax: 803-321-3991

Web: www.SamJefcoat.Com

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