McChesney and McChesney

Social Security Disability is all we do, and it is what we have been emphasizing for more than 30 years. We handle initial, reconsideration, and hearing levels, and we handle appeals to the Appeals Council and the Federal Courts.

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If you suddenly lose your job and unable to work, Social Security Disability can be the only way to pay your rent and feed your children. We take seriously our obligation to take every possible step to prove your disability claim and win it as quickly as possible. We give some guidance about financial survival, long term disability insurance, and medical assistance while you wait for benefits to start.

Most firms only handle claims through the hearing level. If a claim is denied at the hearing level, it can be appealed to the Social Security's Appeals Council, and from there to a Federal Court judge, the first judge in the process that does not work for the Social Security Administration.

Most firms only handle claims through the hearing level, but we handle our own appeals, and appeals of many other firms, to the Appeals Council and Federal Courts.
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Main Office
188 Alabama Street
Spartanburg  SC  29301

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  • (800) 775-3985
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Social Security Disability
Social Security Disability and SSI are all we do, and they are what we have been emphasizing for more than 30 years. We handle initial, reconsideration, and hearing levels, and we handle appeals to the Appeals Council and the Federal Courts


If you suddenly lose your job and unable to work, Social Security Disability or SSI, that is, Supplemental Security Income, can be the only way to pay your rent and feed your children. We take seriously our obligation to take every possible step to prove your disability claim and win it as quickly as possible. We give some guidance about financial survival, long term disability insurance, alternatives to a disability claim, and medical assistance while you wait for benefits to start.


If a claim is denied at the hearing level, it can be appealed to the Social Security's Appeals Council, and from there to a Federal Court judge, the first judge in the process that does not work for the Social Security Administration.


Most firms only handle claims through the hearing level, but we handle our own appeals, and appeals of many other firms, to the Appeals Council and Federal Courts.
Disability
We handle Social Security claims, and Social Security claims only.
We handle Social Security Disability claims at all levels.
SSDI
SSDI stands for Social Security Disability Insurance, in other words Social Security Disability. We handle Social Security Disability and SSI claims only.
We handle Social Security Disability claims and SSI, that is, Supplemental Security Income, claims at all level.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Most law is about getting money. For people who have plenty of money, more money is not important. But most Social Security Disability and SSI claims are about money at the level of survival. So, as we see it, Social Security Disability and SSI are some of the most important claims that an attorney can handle. We wanted to do something that mattered, so we chose this practice.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others


Each of our lawyers handle Social Security Disability and SSI, that is, Supplemental Security Income, claims, and only those claims.

Each of our lawyers has been practicing in this area for many years, from 10 to 30 years. In that time we have handled more than 15,000 claims. This means we appear before our judges enough so we come to better know what they are looking for, and how to best prepare your case before each judge.

Paul is one of 2 lawyers in South Carolina who is Board Certified in Social Security Disability by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, and is recognized as a Board Certified Social Security Specialist by the South Carolina Bar.

All of our attorneys are admitted before the Social Security Administration. Paul and Caroline are also admitted in South Carolina state court, Jennifer is admitted in North Carolina, and Paul has recently also passed the North Carolina bar. Mark is also admitted in New York.

Most Social Security lawyers only handle cases through the hearing level. We handle appeals beyond the hearing, to the Appeals Council and to the Federal District Court, where the District Court judge is the first judge in your claim who is not employed by the Social Security Administration.


What distinguishes your law firm from others?


Each lawyer and all our staff are devoted to Social Security Disability law, and only Social Security Disability law.

We limit ourselves to practicing in North and South Carolina, because that way we can get to know the doctors and judges who affect the outcome of your case.

We are aggressive about getting clear statements and other evidence from doctors to make sure that your case is clearly proved.

We keep in regular contact with you while your case is in progress.

We answer questions and give information on alternatives to Social Security, and on other programs that can help you survive after you become unable to work.

Paul McChesney

I am one of 3 lawyers in South Carolina who is board certified specialist in Social Security disability by the South Carolina Supreme Court and by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. See www.nblsc.us/social_security.

I only handle Social Security and SSI cases, have been handling them since 1978, and have handled more than 5,000 cases. This means I appear before our judges enough so we come to better know what they are looking for, and how to best prepare your case before each judge.

Paul is admitted to practice before the Social Security Administration nationwide, and before the state and Federal courts in North and South Carolina.

Most Social Security lawyers only handle cases through the hearing level. We handle appeals beyond the hearing, to the Appeals Council and to the Federal District Court, where the District Court judge is the first judge in your claim who is not employed by the Social Security Administration.

In addition to hearings. Paul emphasizes work at the District Court levels in North and South Carolina, and handles a sufficient number of cases there so that we have a pretty fair feel for what works, and what does not, at the District Court level.
License
  • Bar Number: 3734
    South Carolina , 1978
  • Bar Number: 45004
    North Carolina , 2013
Education
  • The Citadel
    B.A. in Political Science , 1975
  • Duke University
    J.D. (Juris Doctor) , 1978

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How do I prove I am disabled?

Created On: 01/28/2014

It is not enough to be disabled. You have to prove it.

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