When you are fighting for Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, partnering with a big firm may seem tempting. You may be convinced by a large firm’s nationwide reach or the fact that many of its attorneys have appeared in some of the country’s highest federal courts.

The reality is that SSD cases are handled much closer to home. This means that having an experienced, local attorney on your side can be invaluable.

Your local attorney is familiar with many of the places and people who will be instrumental in your claim. These figures include the staff at the local Social Security Administration (SSA) field office and the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR), examiners from the Department of Disability Services (DDS), local vocational experts and the administrative law judges (ALJs) who review SSD cases in your area.

The team at Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., focuses on serving clients in Spartanburg, Greenville and throughout Upstate South Carolina in order to provide focused, thorough representation aimed at securing the benefits our clients need. To learn more, contact us today.

Why Choose a Local Attorney?

Although SSD claims are made to a federal office – the Social Security Administration – they are handled in local offices. An attorney who regularly handles SSD claims in Upstate South Carolina will have developed familiarity with how each step of the process is handled locally and who is involved, including:

  • Local office procedures – Your local SSD lawyer will know where to turn in paperwork and who to contact with questions as well as how long your local office typically takes in handling each step of the process.
  • Local administrative law judges – Experienced local SSD attorneys have often appeared before the local administrative law judges.  Even if a new judge handles a case, the lawyer will know what kind of questions you may be asked and can help you to prepare for your hearing.
  • Local experts – Local vocational experts, doctors, DDS examiners and other professionals may be asked to weigh in on the nature and extent of your disability. Your local attorney will know how to communicate effectively with these experts about your case.
  • Local time – Your attorney will be available to meet and discuss your concerns in person. If an in-person meeting is not possible for you, your lawyer will be easily available by phone – no need to coordinate schedules across time zones.

Not only should you choose a local advocate to help you with your case, but your advocate should be an attorney. In contrast to non-lawyer advocates, an attorney has the law school education and training to identify and address key issues that may arise in your case. An attorney must also meet certain professional standards for confidentiality and preparedness that a non-lawyer advocate may not.

Contact a Spartanburg Social Security Disability Benefits Lawyer

Whether you are thinking about filing your initial application for Social Security Disability benefits or you need to appeal a denied claim, do not delay getting legal help. Contact Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C. Your initial case evaluation will be free and confidential.