Social Security claims generally take several, if not many, months to settle.  At Tim Daniels Law Services,  we strive to strengthen SSDI claims from the beginning.  Here is our 3-step system:

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1. Obtain clear medical documentation from highly-competent treating doctors.

Why?  Because SSA gives more weight to the opinions of such doctors.

2. Obtain documentation from the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation (USOR).

If USOR cannot help our client get into the competitive work force, then we have a stronger case for Social Security Disability Insurance.

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3. Prepare a memo requesting that the judge approve the claim without a hearing.

This can happen when clear, strong evidence shows that benefits are warranted. At Tim Daniels Law Services we are dedicated to gathering this evidence. We will also be honest with you about the nature of your claim and whether we believe a hearing will ultimately be necessary. In the case that a hearing is required, we prepare specific questions to elicit helpful testimony from the Vocational Expert.

Sometimes conditions change and we must adjust the claim.  For example, in one case we handled, our client recovered from their illness and resumed taking college courses. We could not legitimately claim disability under those conditions.  So, we adjusted the claim to entail a "closed period" rather than permanent disability, and the judge approved that request without a hearing. Through this claim, our client was still able to receive benefits for the time they were ill.

Bottom line:  We will pursue a claim that brings in the most benefits possible for each client we represent.