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Social Security Disability

Example cases

Two of our cases which have received media attention involve folks who became homeless during their ordeal of waiting for the Social Security Administration to process their benefits claims. Crisis Ministries frequently turns to us when their clients are having difficulty with their disability claims.One of our clients, D.F., a lady in her fifties, stayed at the shelter for nearly two years. She suffered from multiple medical problems, including spinal disk degeneration, arthritis, swelling of her arms and legs, anxiety and depression. After we were successful in obtaining her disability benefits, she was able to move to her own living quarters in a senior citizen community. P.E., the second client who received some public attention, was a gentleman with bipolar disorder. He became homeless and actually lived in the woods for some time before turning to Crisis Ministries, and us, for help. Not only were we successful in obtaining his benefits, we were able to persuade the Social Security Administration that he had become disabled a full seven years earlier. We were able to have all of these retroactive payments made to our client and his family, seven years' worth. A recent success is C.A., a former salesman disabled by a heart attack, diabetes and a stroke. He had been out of work for so long that at first, he was awarded only SSI payments (which amount to a maximum of $630 per month). Through an action which we took to the Federal District Court for South Carolina, we succeeded in having Social Security pay C.A. his Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) from his actual date of disability, which dated back to 2001. One of our most memorable clients was Georgina, who never finished school because of learning disabilities and was unable to read and write. She was able to work at simple jobs until she developed serious health problems from arthritis, shoulder bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, diabetes and congestive heart failure. Social Security was convinced that she was "faking" being unable to read and write, even though they were provided with her school records, which clearly showed lifelong learning problems. Georgina is now receiving her benefits. We have obtained benefits for individuals disabled from:Herniated spinal discsFibromyalgiaBi-Polar Affective Disorder (BPAD)SchizophreniaSchizo-Affective DisorderArthritisPaget's DiseaseAnd many, many more injuries, illnesses and conditions.

Main Office

Beatrice E. Whitten law Firm
1110A Queensborough Blvd
Mt. Pleasant  SC  29464

Phone
  • (843) 881-1399
Fax
  • (843) 881-6695

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

No fee for initial consultation

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

No fee

Hourly Rates

No fee

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Office Manager

Pat Leopold

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

No.

SSDI
The Beatrice E. Whitten law firm helps disabled people at any stage in the disability claims process. That means you can call Bea if you are just thinking about applying for disability or if your claim has already been denied. Bea and her staff work.
Much of practicing law is about helping people. With disability cases, the link between Beas work and helping people solve their problems is critical. Bea and her staff are sincere, and they are passionate about helping sick or injured people win their benefits.

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?

Again, I frequently do this in probate.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

My paralegals are highly trained and knowledgeable in Social Security and probate matters. They do as much of the routine paperwork and phone contact as possible in order to keep client costs low.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

Mediation is terrific; I am a trained mediator myself. We frequently use it to resolve probate matters. In my opinion, it should be used more!

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

Yes. I do multiple pro bono cases every year; I am a past recipient of the South Carolina Bar Pro Bono Service Award. I participate in public education and continuing legal education presentations for lawyers on a regular basis.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

We have a unique blend of specialized knowledge, experience, and education that no other law firm in this area can match.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

The more, the better!

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Yes.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I frequently do this in probate cases. Not so much in Social Security.

Beatrice Whitten

The firm was established in 1994. I have been practicing law for 21 years total.

My paralegals are highly trained and knowledgeable in Social Security and probate matters. They do as much of the routine paperwork and phone contact as possible in order to keep client costs low.

License
  • Bar Number:
    South Carolina , 1990

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