Attorney Jeffrey Lichtman has been handling Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims since 1990. Mr. Lichtman originally "fell" into handling these cases and found he had a knack for them, enjoying the medical and psychological aspects of these cases. By 1996, Mr. Lichtman began concentrating his practice on SSD and SSI disability claims exclusively.
A very strong knowledge of physical and mental illness, injury and medication has enabled Lichtman to become a leader in the area of representation of claimants for Social Security Disability Insurance and SSI benefits in the greater Philadelphia area, including Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware, and Chester counties in PA and in southern New Jersey from Mercer county south, including Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Cumberland and Atlantic counties. A sattelite office is maintained in Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, where Lichtman has represented clients for many years as well. In New Jersey, Lichtman regularly meets with clients in Vineland where a longtime friend and well respected attorney maintains a successful personal injury practice. Because of family ties to southwest Florida, particularly in the Sarasota area, Lichtman began handling claims in southwest Florida in approximately 2010.
Attorney Jeffrey Lichtman has been dealing with the Social Security Administration (SSA) and handling SSD and SSI claims since 1990. Since that time, he has gained an extensive working knowledge of many areas of medicine, psychology and medication, which makes Lichtman very effective in understanding how the mechanics and effects of injury and illness and how the side effects of medication impair an individual's ability to sustain work. Jeffrey Lichtman is not a shy person and is not afraid to use his strong knowledge of illness, injury and medication to suggest to treating doctors and other health professionals that various tests need to be considered or that different medications should be considered where there are issues not being addressed by the doctors and therapists. This boldness has not only helped the firm win cases, but has also resulted in improvement in quality of life for clients and in a few cases, even resulted in lives being saved.
Attorney Lichtman's reputation and experience led him to be appointed co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Social Security Disability Committee every year from 2004 through 2013. Lichtman's direct and reasonable approach to dealing with the SSA has enabled him to garner respect from and establish many productive relationships with SSA managers and employees that he uses to benefit his firm's clients on a regular basis. Attorney Lichtman has received a White Hat Award from the Legal Clinic for the Disabled, Inc. for his work on behalf of disabled persons and serves as a director of that organization which assists low income persons with disabilities in a variety of legal matters.
Mr. Lichtman's associate attorney, Megan E. Ellis, Esquire, attended Philadelphia's Central High School and
St. Bonaventure University before going to law school at Duquesne University. Megan had experience working on Social Security Disability Insurance and SSI claims as a volunteer in a legal clinic in the Germantown section of Philadelphia before commencing work with the firm in June 2013. Ellis works directly with Attorney Lichtman on every case she handles and has become an integral part of the team approach to handling the firm's clients' cases.
Attorney Jeffrey S. Lichtman decided many years ago that one can be an excellent lawyer or an excellent businessman, but not both and so Lichtman chose to decline the business model of certain "national" disability law firms where clients typically do not meet or speak with the attorney who will be handling their case until the day of the Administrative Law Judge hearing. Attorney Lichtman has been handling disability cases in a very "hands on" manner since 1990 because there is no substitution for knowledge and experience, quite simply because these cases for people who need cash and medical insurance benefits need to be won. Attorney Lichtman reviews every potential new case himself, supervises the staff in every part of the disability process and still attends the hearings as the primary representative in the majority of the firm's cases.
One other important dictinction between The Disability Law Office of Jeffrey S. Lichtman, LLC and many of the others handling these cases is Lichtman's rejection of the idea that people should wait to contact an attorney until after their claims have already been denied. While the firm handles cases at all levels of the disability claim process, Lichtman has been filing initial claims with clients for many years. Lichtman's belief is that his experience can make a difference in winning or losing at any level, and that even though winning at the initial level often results in a much smaller attorney's fee, the client is best served by having experienced hands and eyes reviewing all aspects of a case from day one so that if the case is not won at the initial application level, there is less damage to fix for when the case goes to a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge than if the person had not obtained the firm's help.
The office is comprised of Attorney Lichtman, associate attorney Megan E. Ellis and a support staff of paralegals and legal assistants who have been trained by Lichtman on how to handle our clients' disability claims practically and effectively. Also assisting this office's effectiveness in dealing with the Social Security Administration is a member of our staff who was a SSI technical expert for the SSA before his retirement from government service.
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