Social Security disability law is a long, tedious and complicated process. In South Carolina, less than half (46%) of Social Security claimants are found disabled by Administrative Law Judges in a hearing. In Charleston, that number is even lower at 40% of claimants.
Each Administrative Law Judge conducts his or her hearings differently and an experienced attorney will know how best to present evidence to judges who may have a low benefits award rate.
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) initial applications
- Hearings before Administrative Law Judges
- Appeals Council
- Federal District Court claims
When you select Mallary as your Attorney, she will first determine where you are in the Social Security process. If you have been denied, she will review the reasons Social Security denied your benefits.
Mallary will then conduct a detailed interview with you to review your symptoms, impairments, medications, side effects, etc. and how these impair specific work functions. We will also discuss your past work history and any technical skills and/or certifications you may possess.
After the initial meeting, Mallary will gather the full range of medical evidence including physical examinations, psychological examinations, emergency rooms visits, and other medical reports and evaluations. After a thorough review of all of the evidence, Mallary will prepare and present a persuasive Social Security case to the Administrative Law Judge.
For one to be awarded SSDI or SSI benefits, one must be found disabled by the Social Security Administration. To be found disabled, one must meet what is called a “listing,” meet requirements on the “grid” or be able to show how a combination of impairments prevents “substantial gainful activity.”
A listing describes specific physical and physiological health conditions and requirements that are defined “disabilities” as evidence.
The “grid” is a system that factors in age, education, work abilities and skilled work experience to decide if one qualifies as disabled.
Although we cannot guarantee any outcome, we hope that you have success at or before a hearing with the Administrative Law Judge. However, should you be denied your benefits, Mallary has successful experience appealing Administrative decisions.