Every Favorable Decision is the product of tireless teamwork, and there is no greater feeling than winning a client's disability case. Below are but a few examples of recent triumphs.
When Tim first contacted our office for help, he had recently received a denial letter after a hearing with a judge. He felt his former representative was ineffective and all hope was lost. He sent us copies of the Unfavorable Decision and a withdrawal letter from his prior representative. We reviewed the decision and his medical records and formulated an argument that we submitted to the Appeals Council in Virginia.
After a grueling 9-month wait, the Appeals Council sent us notice that our appeal was successful and that another hearing would be scheduled for Tim (remand) for another judicial review of his case. Desert Disability prepared his case and Mr. Herman represented Tim at his hearing. Thankfully, the second time was a charm and Tim received a Fully Favorable decision and nearly 4-years of retroactive benefits!
A 52-year old man with a learning disability and a seizure disorder first contacted our office back in February 2020 after his application for disability had been denied. He hired us to file his appeal. We requested a hearing before a judge, requested all his medical records (even the ones that SSA neglected to obtain) and helped him win his much deserved benefits 13 months later.
A sad story but with a happy ending for a 59-year old woman recovering from a stroke which greatly impacted her memory and fine motor functioning. Facing extreme financial hardship, she managed to keep up with seeing her doctors on a regular basis. This proved very helpful to her case as we were able to gather her records and show the judge the consistency in her medical treatment.
Desert Disability stuck by her side throughout the grueling claims process and successfully represented her at a hearing before a Chicago-based Administrative Law Judge. With her Fully Favorable decision, she is able to use her retroactive benefits of over $20,000 to pull herself out of the hole she is in and utilize her Medicare benefits to upgrade her medical care and treatment. Hooray!!
A 57-year old lady who worked in the banking industry for years was let go from her job after exhausting all her FMLA due to frequent debilitating migraine headaches. After trying various forms of medications to treat her headaches to no avail, she finally gave up and filed for Social Security Disability benefits. She was outraged when she was denied and filed her own appeal only to be denied again. That's when she went online to look for help and found our law office in September 2020. We immediately filed a Request for a Hearing with an Administrative Law Judge, gathered all her medical records and some statements from her family and friends, and successfully guided her through her hearing to a Fully Favorable decision!
We had the honor to represent a 35-year old man suffering from severe PTSD and crippling social anxiety following a harrowing tenure in the army which included multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. After struggling with denial, he finally surrendered and sought out psychiatric help and support. He also applied for his disability benefits only to be denied by Social Security.
When he contacted our office in May of 2020, we took the time to listen to his issues with being able to work and laid out a game plan to prepare his case for battle at the hearing level. We were so ecstatic to receive a Fully Favorable decision in his case and thankful that Social Security came through.
A 43-year-old woman who had sustained a spinal injury following a motor vehicle accident in 2015 received a Fully Favorable decision on her case. Over the years her conditions progressed, the pain became too great, and she found that she could no longer work. She contacted our firm in March of 2020 after she received her initial denial letter. We strategically helped her throughout the process by providing her with guidance and counsel on how to best strengthen her case while we relieved her of the stress of handling her appeal with SSA. We took her case to a hearing before a Judge and after enduring weeks of suspense waiting for the Judge's written decision, we are thrilled to announce that she received a Fully Favorable decision!
In our very first hearing in the new year, we represented a distinguished and decorated 52-year-old veteran of the U.S. Marines. He first contacted Desert Disability in April 2020 after his Disability Benefits had been recently denied by Social Security Administration. We filed his appeal and requested a hearing with a Judge, which was held telephonically with a Judge from the Tucson hearings office. We prepared his case for his hearing by gathering an excellent RFC from one of his doctors and a supportive witness statement from his spouse. As we stuck by him through this journey, we are proud to announce he received his Fully Favorable Decision later the same month!
In August 2020, we were retained on short notice by a 57-year-old woman with a heart condition, some nerve damage in the lower back, and depression/anxiety. She became unable to sit for extended periods at her job as a bookkeeper.
We helped her build a strong case for disability by helping her obtain a supportive medical opinion and she was approved for disability benefits in December 2020 after we successfully represented her at her telephonic hearing in November before Judge Barnes-Williams out of Kansas City.
A 64-year old gentleman with partial paralysis in his arm and a total knee replacement who retained us in June 2019. We helped gather his medical records, a statement from a former co-worker, an opinion from his doctor, and we successfully represented him at his hearing before Honorable Judge Armbruster in October 2020.
Following his Fully Favorable decision, he received a lump sum award, monthly disability benefits, and immediate access to Medicare as a result of his SSDI claim approval.
Disclaimer: While the stories above are 100% real, the photos depicted are not actual client photos.
Please note that prior results do not guarantee a successful outcome.