Our Lowell Social Security Lawyer Helps You Improve Your Chances
Although a Lowell Social Security lawyer can help you in many ways, here are five things that only you can do to improve your chances of a successful claim.
See your doctor regularly and get treatment. To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you must have a ?medically determinable impairment? that keeps you from working. You need medical records to prove that you have such an impairment. If your medical records are inadequate, Social Security will have you examined by a doctor at its expense. But medical records from a doctor who has been treating you are better evidence than the report of a doctor who has examined you only once. Your doctor?s records will usually provide a more complete picture of your condition. In addition, your doctor can offer Social Security his or her opinion about how your condition affects your ability to work. A treating doctor?s opinion can be very influential.
Tell your doctor everything that bothers you. Claimants sometimes neglect to mention symptoms they consider to be minor. That is a mistake. Minor symptoms may indicate a hidden illness or may become worse over time. Social Security will consider the combined effect of all your symptoms on your ability to work. Sometimes it?s the combined effect of all your symptoms that is disabling. Before you visit your doctor, write down all your complaints so you won?t forget to mention any of them.
Follow your doctor?s advice. If you do not follow your doctor?s treatment recommendations, Social Security may decide that your condition can?t be that bad. If it were, you would be doing everything possible to get relief. Make sure you take your medication, do your physical therapy, and so forth. If treatments don?t help, continue to visit your doctor and ask for different treatments, or ask for referral to a specialist or pain management clinic. Your persistence in seeking treatment will help persuade Social Security that your symptoms are really bothering you.
Keep records. You application and appeal papers will ask you to supply details about your medical treatments and medications and you will have to testify about them at your hearing. It will be easier for you to provide this information if you have kept records. Jot down the names of all doctors you saw, appointment dates, what tests you were given, the names of your prescription drugs, and what therapies you took. Pick up business cards for each doctor you see so you will have the doctor?s address and phone number and keep your pill bottles as a record of your medications and dosages.
Always tell the truth. Answer all questions from the Social Security Administration accurately and honestly. Inconsistent statements, mistakes, and memory lapses raise questions about whether you are telling the truth. Doubts about your truthfulness are very damaging to your claim.
Contact Our Lowell Social Security Lawyer
If you are applying for disability benefits or if your application has been denied and you would like assistance with your appeal, please contact Lowell Social Security lawyer Gerard A. Palma for a free evaluation of your claim. Simply complete the form on this page and we will respond promptly. Or phone or email us, if you prefer.
Gerard A. Palma, Esq.
Palma Law Offices, P.C. Lowell disability attorney
45 Merrimack Street, Suite 330 Lowell, Massachusetts 01852
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Mr. Palma and his office did an excellent job with my disability case. ?They are very professional and would highly recommend them.
Everyone in the office is helpful and professional. ?Attorney Palma always made me feel comfortable and kept me updated. ?He made the entire process easy and stress free. ?I would highly recommend him.
I was very pleased with the Palma Law Offices. ?They were professional & cared about my case. ?I am thrilled that Palma Law Office represented me.
Mr. Palma and Pam always answered any questions I had. ?They made sure they always got back to me. ?They even helped me after they got paid to make sure that I received my settlement. ?Thanks for all your help!
I will recommend your firm to everyone I know. ?Thank you!
From the moment we spoke on the phone with law office to the decision letter received, this experience as been nothing but pleasant and complete. ?All the right questions asked and the empathy for how and what I was going through. ?I wouldn't have chosen a better law firm to help me in my disability claim. ?Thank you for making me worry less about completing all necessary items.
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Palma Law Offices staff and himself are very professional and friendly. Very helpful on calling SSA about my claim and whatever needed to be done.
I am pleased to tell you that I am very satisfied with the work performed by Palma Law Offices. Since the first time I went there to ask for help with my case, I was treated very well by his secretary Leticia and others. I want to thank you all! Do no hesitate to seek for his help if needed.
Mr. Palma was an excellent representative on my Social Security Disabilty benefits case. He has a clear understanding of the legal process and his experience, in this matter, gives him a good idea of potential outcomes. I had a very long case and throughout, Mr. Palma was patient and supportive. Eventually, I was fiven a favorable decision. I would recommend Mr. Palma to anyone needing legal representation in making a claim for social security disability benefits.
Excellent service, very helpful, and always there to answer any questions. Experienced staff that shows they care.
I have had to deal with lawyers in the past. Never had an acceptable experience until I found Palma Law Office, P.C. Gerard is a professional through and through, always able to be reached. I dealt a lot with Judy who was also extremely professional, and we seemed to click right away. She was always 3 steps ahead of anything that needed to be done, did it all, and explained it all to me in layman?s terms. I really can?t thank them enough for making this as easy on me as possible. Thank you with all my heart.
We were extremely satisfied with the service we received from Atty Palma. Not only did he succeed on our difficult case, he explained everything clearly and took time with us whenever we had questions. He followed up on everything until we had received all monies owed to my son. I highly recommend Palma Law Offices, PC.