Attorney a Valuable Advocate from the Very Beginning

Frequently, those applying for Social Security Disability benefits seek an advocate only after first attempting to navigate the process on their own.

That’s a wise decision, too, as statistics routinely show that having an advocate who is well-versed in the disability process increases odds for successfully obtaining benefits.

Frank, 58, sought help from the beginning. He worked with Illinois disability attorney Neil H. Good on the initial application for disability benefits and was awarded benefits less than six months later.

Frank was employed in the insurance industry, though he had not worked for three years before applying for disability. He had suffered back pain for a number of years. Since 2000, he’d had five surgeries (both lumbar and cervical), for cervical fusion, plus lumbar spinal reconstruction and stabilization, and a lumbar fusion.

He had participated in physical therapy more than 10 times since the initial injury, but still suffers from cervical pain, the Social Security Administration was told. A treating physician diagnosed him with lumbosacral spondylosis without myelopathy.

He was taking a number of outpatient prescriptions, including Benicar, Crestor, Paroxetine, Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen, Tramadol, and Synthroid.

With Attorney Good’s help presenting the case and organizing all of the necessary medical documents, Frank is getting nearly $2,500 in monthly disability benefits.