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Social Security Disability
We are dedicated to winning every Social Security disability case that we accept. At Alegria & Barovick LLP, we help each client present the strongest, most persuasive case to the Social Security Administration. The Social Security laws and regulations are vast and complex. Yet, we have found that a full knowledge of these laws and regulations combined with litigation experience dramatically increases the likelihood of winning a social security disability claim. Here at Alegria & Barovick LLP, we have the depth of knowledge and decades of litigation experience necessary to win these cases. We cannot guarantee that we will win every claim. But, we guarantee we will fight for those who have been wrongly denied social security disability benefits that are deserved.
The Road to Social Security Disability Benefits
The Disability section of the Social Security law is intended to help people who cannot work due to physical or mental disabilities or impairments. Unfortunately, dealing with a governmental agency such as the Social Security Administration can turn into a bureaucratic nightmare. The vast majority of initial claims are denied and the only way to win a claim is by an appeal. If you or someone you know cannot work due to a disability, let our experienced team help you get the benefits you need and deserve. Questions? Go to the FAQ. Here is a preview of the process:
- Initial Application – File an application with the Social Security Administration’s local district office in your neighborhood and complete several required questionnaires.
- Reconsideration of Initial Application – In some states, you may request a review of your initial application at your local district office. You may also offer additional medical records to support your claim.
- The Hearing – If the Social Security Administration denies your claim after your initial application or denies your claim after reconsideration of your claim, you will have 60 days to request a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge. The Administrative Law Judge will hear testimony from you and other witnesses, consider your medical records, and may even request additional records. The Social Security Administration may present expert witnesses to offer testimony against your claim. The Administrative Law Judge will issue a written decision in your case after the hearing.
- Appeals Council Review – If the Administrative Law Judge denies your claim, you will have 60 days to request an appeal to the Appeals Council in Falls Church, Virginia. The Appeals Council will review your case to determine whether your hearing was fair. If the Appeals Council agrees that your hearing wasn’t fair, your case may be sent back to the Administrative Law Judge for a new hearing. If it is clear to the Appeals Council that you are disabled, they may grant your disability benefits without a further hearing. The Appeals Council may deny your claim if it decides your hearing with the Administrative Law Judge was fair.
- Federal Court Review – If the Appeals Council denies your appeal, you will have 60 days to file for review of your case by a Federal Judge in Federal District Court. The Federal Judge may grant disability benefits to you, deny your claim, or send your case back to the Administrative Law Judge for a new hearing.
How We Can Help
Whether you are filing the initial application, requesting reconsideration, requesting a hearing, filing an appeal or filing for review in federal court, our caring and compassionate team of attorneys and legal assistants are prepared to help you win the benefits you need and deserve. You can rely on our expertise and dedication to take the frustration out of the process and avoid further delays. While some disability claims are simple and easy to prove, other disability claims may be complicated and difficult to prove. In our experience, you are more likely to win your claim when you are represented by one of our highly trained and qualified attorneys instead of representation by a non-attorney representative. To help you get your claim approved as quickly as possible, we can:
- Determine what benefits you are entitled to receive
- Help you to complete all paperwork
- Contact your medical providers to collect and review your medical records
- Quickly submit your records to the Social Security Administration through our on-line access privileges
- Help you request an administrative hearing if your initial application is denied
- Help you prepare for the administrative hearing
- Help you prepare your testimony for the administrative hearing
- Accompany you to the administrative hearing and argue your case on your behalf
- Submit a legal brief on your behalf to the Administrative Law Judge concerning the law and social security regulations that best apply to your claim
- File an appeal with the Social Security Administration’s Appeals Council if the Administrative Law Judge denies your claim
- File a complaint and legal brief in federal court if the Appeals Council denies your claim
- Make sure that you receive all of the benefits you deserve
Our firm brings the extensive legal and medical expertise required to evaluate your claim. Based upon our experience, we know which medical records and other evidence are best suited to win your claim. We have the litigation and courtroom experience necessary to pursue your claim successfully on your behalf. We have helped many claimants win their claims for social security disability benefits. We are ready, willing and able to help you to win your claim, too.
Just as the negligence of others may cause physical injuries, poor construction and repair techniques may cause structural or other significant property damages. Damage to a residential or commercial building may be so severe that it interferes with the ability to live or work in the building. Building owners have a right to not have their building damaged or destroyed by activities taking place on neighboring properties. The activities that result in damage most often are a neighbor’s renovation of an existing building, the destruction of an existing building, and/or the construction of a new building. A careless contractor on a neighboring property can cause a wide range of damage to a victim’s building, from cracks in walls to the complete collapse of the structure.
Depending on the age, value and location of the damaged building, repairs can run into the millions of dollars. Not surprisingly, the party or parties responsible for the damage usually deny any responsibility, and their insurance companies refuse to compensate building owners for the costs of necessary repairs.
The partners at Alegria & Barovick LLP have developed expertise in the prosecution of civil claims to recover for damages to property owners. Our partners have represented owners of high-rise residential buildings, cooperatives and condominiums who have suffered damages costing hundreds and millions of dollars to repair. When these repairs aren’t covered by a homeowner’s policy, you will need aggressive litigators to help you obtain fair and reasonable compensation for your damages. The partners at Alegria & Barovick LLP have the experience and tenacity to get the job done.
It should come as no surprise that the parties at fault for structural or other significant property damages will deny responsibility for long as possible. Moreover, our experience has shown that the person, company or governmental agency at fault would rather invest significant resources to defend these claims in order to avoid being held responsible. Consequently, at Alegria & Barovick, we accept only a limited number of clients seeking recovery for structural or significant property damages. This careful vetting of these claims ensures that we are able to commit the maximum effort to recover on behalf of our clients. Contact us to discuss whether we can help you recover fair and reasonable compensation for structural or other significant damage to your residential or commercial building.
When someone suffers an injury due to the negligence of a person, governmental agency or a corporation, the injured person may well be entitled to monetary compensation. In essence, negligence is a failure to use appropriate care under all the circumstances. In order to make out a negligence case, the injured person must also be able to prove that the negligent person knew or should have known about the negligent condition, but failed to fix it.
When the carelessness and negligence of an individual or a corporation cause serious physical injuries to a person, the injuries may permanently impair and alter the person’s quality of life. This negligence may arise from a defective product or drug that a manufacturer offers to consumers. This negligence may arise from a property owner who fails to maintain his property in a reasonably safe condition. This negligence may arise from negligent operation of a motor vehicle or heavy machinery. Serious physical and emotional injuries may even arise from official misconduct, false arrest or false imprisonment.
At Alegria & Barovick LLP, we prosecute civil cases on behalf of plaintiffs for claims arising from wrongful death, serious physical injury cases, false arrest and false imprisonment, and negligent supervision. Our experience has shown that the parties at fault are prepared to invest significant sums of money and time to defend these claims to avoid being held accountable. However, we have the experience, the skills and the resources necessary to secure fair and reasonable compensation from those at fault for serious physical or emotional injuries. Whenever the party at fault refuses to offer a reasonable settlement, we are well prepared to take your case to a jury to get fair and reasonable compensation for you. We have won jury verdicts and have settled cases resulting in awards and payments of tens of millions of dollars.
When a doctor fails to provide proper care to a patient, and that failure results in serious illness, serious injury or death, that doctor has likely committed medical malpractice. Medical malpractice is negligent medical care, and it can occur at any stage of treatment.
Consider the example of a woman with breast cancer. Her gynecologist may have failed to notice telltale lumps in her breast during a physical examination. Her radiologist may have failed to notice signs of cancer that should have been evident on her mammography films. Because of this, her cancer is not diagnosed as early as it could have been, when treatment would have been most effective. The medical malpractice at this point is the failure to timely diagnose and treat the breast cancer. Such a breast cancer patient may require surgery, such as a mastectomy or lumpectomy. The surgeon is obligated to pinpoint exactly where the cancerous tissue is located in the breast, so that he removes only what must be removed: nothing more, and nothing less. If he is careless in his preparation for and execution of the surgery, so that cancerous tissue is left behind, or unnecessarily large amounts of tissue are excised and cause deformities, that amounts to medical malpractice, and the woman who has been victimized may seek appropriate compensation from the doctor.
“Malpractice cases are difficult to endure simply for the reason that brought you to court in the first place. Mr. Barovick’s caring, attention and genuine concern for my family helped us through this difficult time. He was well prepared and his attention to detail was obvious. His knowledge and skill in front of a jury was evident and quite impressive and when he need to, his aggressive questioning seemed to reveal truthful facts that were important in our case. For these reasons, I would be glad to recommend Andrew Barovick to friends, family and to anyone in a situation that needs the attention that Andrew gave to us and to our case.”
Trials and Appeals
Choosing a law firm to handle your case may be one of the most important decisions that an injured person ever makes. You need to be certain that your lawyers are well qualified to represent you through every stage of the case. You need lawyers who know how to investigate a claim, and present it to the insurance companies, where it may be resolved during the claim phase.
You need lawyers who will immediately put the case into suit if the insurance companies fail to recognize the merit of a client’s claim, and refuse to pay a reasonable settlement. You need lawyers who will devote themselves to working the case up for trial, and who will then not only try your case, but try it extraordinarily well, based on years of experience. And finally, you need lawyers who can appeal your case to higher courts when the need arises.
Anselmo Alegria and Andrew Barovick’s extensive experience trying cases and writing appeals provides their clients with two distinct benefits:
- One, they can be confident that both attorneys will do everything necessary during the trial to lay the foundation for any future appeal, and to preserve their client’s right to take an appeal.
- Two, they can rest assured that if an appeal becomes necessary after the trial, they will never need to find a new lawyer, and bring that new lawyer up to speed on their case. Alegria & Barovick LLP will already be prepared for that next step.