ParksDoherty, PLLC - The Social Security Law Firm

Our NH attorneys are among the most highly respected disability advocates in New England. The firm has handled numerous cases before the Social Security Administration. In addition, we regularly handle appeals to the Federal District Court.

Firm Overview

Our NH attorneys are among the most highly respected disability advocates in New England. Attorney Stephan Parks is a sustaining member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Representatives (NOSSCR) and has handled numerous cases before the Social Security Administration. In addition, he regularly handles appeals to the Federal District Court. By handling Social Security Disability claims, appeals and litigation, the firm has successfully obtained benefits for many disabled clients over the years.
Main Office

Main Office
74 Main Street
Durham  NH  03824

Phone
  • (603) 674-0859
Fax
  • (603) 386-6822
SSDI
Our NH attorneys are among the most highly respected disability advocates in New England. The firm has handled numerous cases before the Social Security Administration. In addition, we regularly handle appeals to the Federal District Court.
Our NH attorneys are among the most highly respected disability advocates in New England. Attorney Stephan Parks is a sustaining member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Representatives (NOSSCR) and has handled numerous cases before the Social Security Administration. In addition, he regularly handles appeals to the Federal District Court. By handling Social Security Disability claims, appeals and litigation, the firm has successfully obtained benefits for many disabled clients over the years.

Our attorneys are skilled problem solvers. Our legal team is well experienced in representing individuals, families and small businesses. We have substantial practices in divorce and family law, social security disability,
real estate, business, probate and estate planning. In all of our personal injury and disability cases, we offer a free consultation and we accept cases on a contingency fee basis to minimize the negative impact of injury and disability on our clients.

Clients in a variety of unique and challenging endeavors turn to ParksDoherty for its expertise and experience in the areas of business law, real estate, construction law, family law, estate planning and probate, social security disability, plaintiff and general litigation. Finding the right attorney to meet your needs can be critical to your success. In order to respond effectively to your needs, we will connect you with the right attorney for your needs.
Disability
Our NH attorneys are among the most highly respected disability advocates in New England. The firm has handled numerous cases before the Social Security Administration. In addition, we regularly handle appeals to the Federal District Court.
Our NH attorneys are among the most highly respected disability advocates in New England. Attorney Stephan Parks is a sustaining member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimant'€™s Representatives (NOSSCR) and has handled numerous cases before the Social Security Administration. In addition, he regularly handles appeals to the Federal District Court. By handling Social Security Disability claims, appeals and litigation, the firm has successfully obtained benefits for many disabled clients over the years.

Our attorneys are skilled problem solvers. Our legal team is well experienced in representing individuals, families and small businesses. We have substantial practices in divorce and family law, social security disability,
real estate, business, probate and estate planning. In all of our personal injury and disability cases, we offer a free consultation and we accept cases on a contingency fee basis to minimize the negative impact of injury and disability on our clients.

Clients in a variety of unique and challenging endeavors turn to ParksDoherty for its expertise and experience in the areas of business law, real estate, construction law, family law, estate planning and probate, social security disability, plaintiff and general litigation. Finding the right attorney to meet your needs can be critical to your success. In order to respond effectively to your needs, we will connect you with the right attorney for your needs.

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

If you decide to appeal your disability claim and retain our firm to help, we will bring 3 important qualities to the fight:

Experience. Our primary practice area is Social Security disability law and we have been helping disability clients win disability cases for years.

Knowledge. Because we practice primarily in the area of Social Security disability law we have developed the knowledge necessary to practice in this highly specialized area of law.

Compassion. We have learned that winning provides my Social Security disability clients more than money. It can also bring independence, validation, and peace of mind. We understand what is at stake, so you will have a devoted disability attorney on your side if I accept your case.

Most denials of claims for disability benefits can be reversed if knowledgeable Social Security lawyers are retained to handle the appeals. But patience and perseverance are required. As you will see from the award rates below, most disability claimants give up too soon.

1. Application level. Initial applicants for Social Security disability will wait on average 120 days to receive an answer, and for 35% it will be yes. Out of those rejected at this initial level, 52% will abandon their claims and 48% will appeal.

2. Reconsideration level. Claimants who timely filed their appeals within 60 days of receipt will
wait 90 days for a decision. Only 15% will receive good news. Out of those who don’t, 30% will
give up and 70% will appeal.

3. Hearing level. This is where patience and good representation pay off. National claimants will
wait 15.5 months for a hearing and decision (Wisconsin claimants will wait 18 months), but 55%
will be awarded benefits. Of the remainder, 55% will quit and 45% will appeal.

4. Appeals Council. Another 220 days are required. Only 2% of claimants will be rewarded with benefits; about 23% of claimants will have their claims sent back for another hearing. Most of the rest will give up. Only a few appeal to federal court.

5. Federal court. Claimants wait another 540 days for a federal court decision. About half of them will have their claims sent back for another hearing before an administrative law judge. Only a small percentage are awarded benefits by the federal court.

The lesson from these national averages is to pursue your Social Security disability claim through the first three levels — application, reconsideration, and hearing. Most of those who don’t give up before the Social Security disability hearing will be awarded benefits.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

Experience. Our primary practice area is Social Security disability law and we have been helping disability clients win disability cases for years.

Knowledge. Because we practice primarily in the area of Social Security disability law we have developed the knowledge necessary to practice in this highly specialized area of law.

Compassion. We have learned that winning provides my Social Security disability clients more than money. It can also bring independence, validation, and peace of mind. We understand what is at stake, so you will have a devoted disability attorney on your side if I accept your case.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Our small firm represents clients primarily in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. We handle social security appeals to the Federal District Courts nationwide. We offer experience, expertise and integrity, but without the overhead of a large firm. We are responsive and resourceful. Plus, we’re 100% focused on achieving our clients’ goals. Our attorneys provide practical legal counsel with a commitment to excellence and an unwavering dedication to client success. We are not a large law firm and we view this as an advantage.

Stephan Parks

New Hampshire Injury and Disability Lawyer
Stephan P. Parks, Member

74 Main Street
Durham, NH 03824

Email: sparks@parksdoherty.com

Office Phone: 603.674.0859
Toll-Free Phone: 888.Loyal.11
Web - www.parksdoherty.com

Practice areas

Social Security Disability
Personal injury
General litigation

Experience in New Hampshire social security disability, SSI, personal injury and general litigation

Steph's practice is concentrated in the area of Social Security Disability, personal injury and general litigation. He has successfully litigated many hundreds of disability cases before the Social Security Administration, including the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, the Appeals Council, the Disability Review Board and the U.S. District Court. He has successfully litigated, arbitrated and mediated many personal injury cases, business disputes and contract actions, and has gained experience in general litigation and family law cases.

Bar admissions

New Hampshire
Massachusetts

Education

Suffolk University Law School, J.D.
Plymouth State University, MBA

Memberships

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire
New Hampshire Bar Association
Sustaining Member, National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR)


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