Social Security disability cases accepted under a "no fee unless you win" contingency fee contract
9am - 6pm
Ms. Mya Badger (paralegal)
I became a Social Security disability lawyer more by happenstance than by design. Back in the early 1990's I was working in a small firm handling personal injury, workers' compensation and personal bankruptcy matters. As Social Security disability became better known, my existing clients began asking me for help with disability or they tried to refer friends and family to me for SSDI or SSI cases.
Although I was referring disability cases out at that time, I did start to ask questions of my colleagues who were handling this area and I began to build a network of contacts with expertise in SSDI and SSI matters.
In the mid-1990's I took my first case and quickly discovered that I really enjoyed this area of practice. Unlike personal injury work which generally involves neck and back injuries only, Social Security disability can impact a wide variety of physical and mental health issues. I found and still find the medical issues that arise in my cases very interesting.
I also find it very rewarding to help people in their time of need. I come from very modest circumstances - my grandparents were immigrants and neither of my parents graduated from college. I recognize that honest, hardworking people sometimes find themselves unable to work because of medical issues and I believe strongly in the obligation of a just society to offer disabled persons a chance to live with dignity.
At the same time, I am very selective in the cases I take because I also recognize that there are folks out there who are not deserving of disability benefits. I think that one of the reasons why the Social Security system is so backlogged is because of the thousands of applications by people who have the capacity to work but choose to pursue government benefits as well.
I think that the Social Security judges who see me week after week and month after month know that I do not take every case that comes across my desk and that when I argue passionately on behalf of my client, I really mean what I am saying - I am not a lawyer who accepts every case I am offered solely to try to earn a fee.
My firm's other areas of practice also reflect this focus on helping honest but unfortunate clients. Jodi's (my wife) workers' compensation practice focuses on men and women who are hurt at work and who find themselves facing aggressive and heartless workers' comp. insurance carriers.
My firm's bankruptcy practice helps working clients get back on their feet and away from suffocating debt.
Social Security disability offers me the opportunity to help deserving clients while working in an interesting and challenging law practice.
While there are many fine Social Security lawyers in practice in the Atlanta area I'd like to think that my website, blog, podcast and video channel distinguishes me from my competitors.
To borrow a phrase from a well known retail store, an educated client is my best customer. Legal matters can be complicated. Social Security law is absurdly and unnecessarily complicated.
I often explain that Social Security exists in its own alternate universe. It uses a bizarre language full of acronyms and code words - things such as AOD, DLI, PRW, HALLEX, Blue Book, CFR,RFC grid rules, the 5 step sequential evaluation process, VE's, ME's, ALJ's and ODARs to name a few.
If you review my web site, blog and other Internet sites you will see that I try to pull back the curtain on these concepts so you'll understand how I approach cases involving various medical issues and what you need to know to improve your chances at winning. My web site contains literally dozens of case studies that detail exactly what happened (with personal details changed) at actual hearings.
I also spend time with my clients. Unlike some disability attorneys who meet their clients 10 minutes prior to their hearing, I meet with you personally several weeks prior to your hearing to practice asking and answering questions you will be asked and to prepare you extensively for your hearing, which is your best shot at winning. Often my pre-hearing meetings last twice as long as the actual hearing.
Ginsberg Law Offices is a local law firm owned by two Atlanta residents who live and work in the community. Over the past few years the Social Security disability field has captured the attention of several law firms who have built multi-state law firms using television advertising.
Some of these national firms use contract lawyers to appear at hearings and some fly in lawyers from out of state to try cases.
I'm sure that these out of state lawyers work hard on behalf of their clients but I would respectfully argue that you should consider working with a lawyer who works in the Atlanta area and who has developed a solid reputation with the more than 30 judges who hear cases in the metro Atlanta and north Georgia area.
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