One client came to Binder & Binder® after he filed for Social Security Disability in 1995. He claimed that his impairments had prevented him from working a few years prior to filing for disability. Even though his claim had been denied at the two lower levels, Initial Application and Reconsideration, the decisions were appealed each time. And, even when his claim was denied following his first hearing with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), we didn't give up.
We appealed the ALJ's decision and helped him continue with his claim. Even though it took a few more denials, appeals, and remands, we stood our ground and continued to fight for the client's disability. A lot of hard work went into the client's claim. His caseworker worked tirelessly; she made great suggestions as to what could be done to develop his case. Another Binder & Binder® employee accompanied the client to his post-hearing Consultative Examination appointment to take notes, ensuring that his advocate would be able to challenge the results if necessary. In another office, a different Binder & Binder® employee transcribed the entire testimony of the client's first hearing for his advocate, making it easier to challenge the specific testimony of a Medical Examiner that was called to testify at the hearing.
A lot of hard work and dedication went into the client's case. And, after a long battle for all involved, the client received a fully favorable decision nearly 18 years after he began his journey in the disability process.
However, even with all the great work, what won the case for the client was an objection our advocate made against the Medical Examiner's testimony being held over the telephone (rather than in person). This client's advocate stated, "I'd like to think that if I'd been given the chance to do my attack on the Medical Examiner, that we would have won anyway but it turned out not to be necessary." He explained that making every available objection in a case could mean the difference between winning and losing.
And, in this case, it meant this client would finally get 18 years of benefits that he had been unjustly denied so many times before.