Social Security lawyer Gordon Gates helps people obtain disability benefits in New Hampshire (and Maine)
The Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSDI) and the Supplemental Security Income program (SSI) are federal programs that provide benefits to those who are unable to work because of health problems. You may be entitled to Social Security disability benefits or SSI disability benefits if you cannot work because of a medical condition that has lasted or is expected to last at least a year or result in death.
Whether you are just thinking about applying, waiting for a decision, or have received a denial letter, you will find helpful information on this website. In addition, consider consulting a disability attorney in New Hampshire who specializes in Social Security law. It’s never too soon to get a lawyer involved.
Don’t be discouraged by the long Social Security disability evaluation process
From talking with New Hampshire disability clients and prospective clients, I know that one of their biggest concerns is the long wait to be approved for benefits. The New Hampshire Social Security disability claims process is often slow and frustrating. Unfortunately, many New Hampshire disability applicants are turned down initially even though they actually qualify.
I always tell them not to give up or get discouraged, and I want to repeat that advice to you.
Appeal your claim until you get a hearing before an administrative law judge. The likelihood of receiving benefits increases if you appeal. In fact, the majority of claimants who appeal to the hearing level are awarded benefits.
So, you see, there is hope. Administrative law judges know that initial decisions are often wrong, sometimes for no logical reason. The hearing level is your best chance to have your disability claim granted. You just have to hang in there and appeal the denial of your claim.
Be sure to get help from a disability lawyer in New Hampshire long before your hearing. In fact, the sooner you get an attorney the better. The sooner a lawyer is involved, the greater the potential to make your case stronger. A Social Security attorney can also guide you through a difficult process. You do not need to do it alone.
How much will a Social Security disability attorney cost?
Attorney fees for Social Security disability and SSI claims are contingent on winning the claim. You pay a fee only if you win, and when you are awarded benefits. You pay no fee if your claim is denied.
The Social Security Administration regulates attorney fees. The attorney fee is 25% of the retroactive benefits awarded in your claim, subject to a “cap” or maximum amount set each year by Social Security.
The Social Security Administration must approve any fee charged in a Social Security case. In the usual case, Social Security approves the fee agreement and pays the fee directly to your lawyer.
What to look for in a Social Security disability lawyer
Hire someone with a disability focus. You want an attorney who devotes most of his or her practice to Social Security disability claims. Social Security law is complicated and doesn’t have anything in common with other areas, like divorce or criminal law. Look for someone who has represented clients at hundreds of hearings. Experience matters.
Hire someone with local experience. You want a lawyer who handles lots of cases in your state and knows the administrative law judges. Every judge considers a disability claim a little bit differently. A lawyer who has conducted many hearings before your judge knows the best way to present your case.
Hire someone who is accessible. You want a lawyer you can reach. You want an attorney who will talk to you in person and answer your questions. You also want an attorney who will take charge of your case. Beware the case manager, a staff person who handles your case until just before the hearing, when your case is then handed off to the lawyer conducting the hearing.
My Social Security disability expertise
My focus on Social Security disability and SSI. I dedicate my law practice exclusively to Social Security disability and SSI claims.
My New Hampshire disability experience. I have conducted hundreds of hearings for New Hampshire clients. I have experience with each of the administrative law judges in the Manchester New Hampshire hearing office. These are the judges who will conduct your hearing and decide your claim. I tailor each hearing presentation to the particular judge deciding the claim.
My accessibility. I am easily reachable by phone, in person, and by e-mail. While your claim is pending, your disability lawyer should keep in touch with you and you should keep in touch with your lawyer regarding updates on your condition. My paralegal and I are easily accessible, and make keeping in touch easy.
Get assistance with your New Hampshire disability case
If you live anywhere in New Hampshire and want assistance with your Social Security disability case, I can help. I also represent Social Security disability and SSI disability clients throughout Maine. You may visit my website, www.mainesocialsecuritylawyer.com, for additional information.
Please provide a brief description of your claim using the form to the right, and I will respond promptly. Or you may contact me at:
Law Office of Gordon Gates
Social Security disability lawyer
Toll-Free: (888) 200-4484
New Hampshire: (603) 821-0249
Maine: (207) 284-9999
Fax: (888) 774-0270
New Hampshire office (by appointment)
83 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 03101
Please send all mail to:
110 Main Street
Saco, Maine 04072