I was raised in San Antonio, Texas, then attended Texas A&M University in College Station for my undergraduate degree and all of the enriching non-academic "other education" that being an Aggie involves. I spent a summer as a College Program intern with Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. I then moved to Austin in 1996 where I spent the next ten years in a variety of roles with companies including Dell, Four Seasons Hotels, and AT&T Wireless spanning sales, customer service, and tech support. Then lastly two years as a case manager developing claim files for a local Social Security disability attorney.
It was this valuable experience that showed me the seriously under-served need for Social Security disability representation, and led me to attend Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in Ft. Worth, now Texas A&M School of Law. Since becoming licensed to practice in 2010, I have exclusively represented SSA disability claimants.
Outside of business hours, I volunteer with a therapeutic horse riding program for children facing physical or emotional challenges called "H.E.L.P" that is truly amazing. I sing recreationally whenever I can-- but rest assured I certainly will not be quitting my day job. I also love Austin live music, Barton Springs and Deep Eddy, sushi, the beach, and rescuing Weimaraners.
Navigating the Social Security Administration disability process can be confusing, overwhelming, and exhausting. Especially when you are dealing with your own catastrophic health problems. SSA has its own terms and regulations for what they mean by "disabled." Essentially, a person "may" be disabled under the SSA disability or SSI program only if their medical limitations keep them from being able to sustain a job earning $1170 in gross wages per month. And further, this medical inability to sustain "substantially gainful" work must last longer than 12 continuous months, or be likely to end in death.
This is quite different from what a private long or short term disability provider may mean by "disabled" in their policies, and is also different from what the Veterans Administration means for its disability benefits. There are also non-medical technicalities affecting whether or not a person can even file a claim with the SSA, regardless of their health.
Filing for SSA disability or SSI without a representative can feel like playing a frustrating, cruel game where you really don't understand the rules, but where the outcome will seriously affect your life! Once the claim is filed, the entire process-- which typically involves several "rounds" of denials, appeals, and eventually a hearing before an administrative law judge-- can often take over two years. For many people, at such a difficult personal time, this is simply more than they can cope with on their own. Having an experienced representative can lift this weight off of your shoulders.
There are many options available when seeking a SSA disability claim representative. Everyone is different, and should choose what makes them feel comfortable. But one of the biggest concerns I hear from new clients is that they don't want to just be a file number with a large, impersonal, national firm--talking to someone new every time they call in about their claim. I completely understand and agree.
When you choose me as your attorney, you will be working directly with me. I personally handle your claim. I will personally keep you updated with your claim's status, as well as with what to expect, through every stage of the process.
After more than 7 years experience helping disabled Texans win approval for their benefits, I have seen firsthand how disadvantaged an unrepresented claimant can be facing this process. Why go through this alone?
If you are filing for Social Security disability in Austin, Waco, San Angelo, Bryan/College Station, San Antonio or their surrounding areas, contact me for a free initial phone consultation. While I cannot represent every claimant I meet with or promise anyone a particular result, if I do represent you I will deal (as much as possible) with the SSA, so you can focus on your family and your health.
Attorney fees are contingent upon being approved for your benefits, so there is no risk or up-front costs of any kind to you. If severe health problems have made it impossible to continue working full time, call, text, or email me through the contact option below. Let's discuss your situation!
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