The Social Security Administration denies most disability claims on the first try. In fact, the vast majority of applicants are rejected on the initial application and again on reconsideration.The third level — a disability hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ) — is your best shot at winning benefits. But even there many people with serious impairments are still turned down. The legal team at JP Law can greatly improve your chances by preparing your files and preparing YOU for the hearing.
Our experienced disability lawyers have successfully represented hundreds of clients in ALJ hearings. Based in Portland, we represent SSDI and SSI claimants throughout Oregon, Washington and the Pacific Northwest (including Idaho and Montana). We have prevailed in mental disorder and physical impairment cases.
Attorneys Lisa Porter and Melissa Kenney practice exclusively in Social Security Disability law. Our focused knowledge, legal skill and true compassion set us apart:
Disability hearings depend on many factors — the medical records, the particular judge, the skill of your attorney — and your own testimony.
For many of our clients, the thought of discussing private issues in front of a judge is intimidating or even terrifying. We spend time with clients until they feel safe and comfortable enough to tell their story to us. Our background in mental health counseling also helps clients open up about medical matters and personal details that may be relevant to their disability claim. This helps us present the strongest case and summarize the most important points for the judge.
Unlike other firms that send an “advocate” at the last minute, our lawyers spend a considerable amount of time with clients before the hearing. By anticipating questions the judge will ask and explaining what will happen, we lower the anxiety level. Our “bedside manner” helps clients go into the hearing with calmness and confidence to tell their story. We support you all the way, even if it means literally holding your hand during the hearing!
It often takes a year or more to get an ALJ hearing. We help clients prepare financially and emotionally for this long and frustrating process. During that time, you can help your case by:
We will take care of the rest and have you ready when it comes time for your day in court.
For a FREE CONSULTATION with an ALJ hearing lawyer in Oregon or Washington, call 503-245-6309 or toll free 866-945-1978, or contact us online. There is NO OBLIGATION to hire our firm and there are NO FEES unless we win your case.