The attorneys at d’Oliveira & Associates recently obtained a significant award for a Rhode Island man whose case was brought before an Administrative Law Judge for the Social Security Administration. The client (whose name is withheld for confidentiality purposes) had become unable to work last year after suffering from complications arising out of hip and back impairment and pain and also from complications arising out of a prostate cancer surgery.
According to the complaint, the client, being unable to work sought out experienced Social Security Disability attorneys to help him bring his case before the Social Administration. After contacting the law offices of d’Oliveira & Associates, attorney Robin Gouveia was able to win this client’s case. The client has since recovered over $25,000 in back due benefits, is currently receiving an additional $1,300 per month in benefits and was not charged until he received his award.
Attorney Paul d’Oliveira stated that “Attorney Gouveia did an excellent job winning this Social Security Disability case for this client. $25,000 is one of the best retroactive awards we have received ever obtained for a client. She has been doing personal injury and disability law now for well over 10 years now and she is very diligent in her representation of her clients. I am happy to have her on board with the firm.”
The client’s application for Social Security Disability benefits was brought before an Administrative Law Judge for the Social Security Administration. In the proceeding, before being found to qualify for any disability benefits at all, the judge had to determine if the client was even disabled. This process required ruling on (1) whether the client was engaged in “substantial gainful activity” or not, if the applicant was engaged in substantial gainful activity then he would not qualify as being disabled; (2) whether the applicant’s ailments or combination of ailments were “severe;” (3) whether the severity of the impairments had sufficiently limited his functional capacities; (4) whether any remaining functional capacities were sufficient for the applicant to continue his previous employment; and finally (5) whether the applicant was able to do any other work despite the disabling impairments.
When a person is disabled and is seeking to get Social Security Disability benefits and is then confronted with the task of proving all those requirements, it can seem daunting and complex. Many who do undertake the process of applying for benefits and rejected the first time. So those persons who should qualify for benefits are often either deterred from ever applying or deterred after the Administration denies them the first time. This is why it is so important to contact an experienced Social Security Disability attorney who knows this complex process and who can easily walk a qualified applicant through the process. Although it may seem difficult, an attorney who understands this process can help those disabled and out of work persons get the benefits they are entitled.
If you or someone you know is disabled and cannot work, the attorneys at d’Oliveira & Associates want you to know that you may qualify for Federal Social Security Disability payments and benefits. d’Oliveira & Associates is a Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts law firm that focuses on disability and personal injury claims, including auto accidents, slip and falls, dog bites as well as social security disability cases. The firm also works with some of the leading attorneys in the United States for dangerous drug, defective medical product and medical malpractice cases.
For a free legal consultation, call 1-800-992-6878 or visit their website at www.good-legal-advice.com.