Over 150 years ago, German immigrants in Watertown, Wisconsin formed the first Kindergarten in the United States. Kindergarten for you (or your children) may feel about that long ago. At the time, you didn’t give big ideas like Social Security Disability a second thought — the working world was out there waiting for you. Yet now, if you have encountered a physical or mental health condition which has prevented you from staying in the workforce, Social Security Disability is something that should be at the forefront of your mind. The federal government provides assistance in the form of monthly financial benefits for individuals who qualify. If you have a disability that prevents you from working for a year or longer, you may be entitled to benefits. An experienced law firm can help evaluate whether or not you qualify.
The Social Security Disability Application process is both frustrating and long. You can file your claim online or by contacting the local field office in Watertown. The case then proceeds to the Disability Determination Bureau in Madison for review. It is important to provide Social Security with any and all evidence to support your claim for disability. Claims are routinely denied at the first two levels. It takes Social Security approximately 6 to 9 months to make a decision at each level. Often times, claims proceed to a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. Attorney Don Chewning handles disability claims every day, including claimants from the Watertown area. He and his experienced staff at Chewning Legal will develop your file and guide you through all of these stages of the process.
If your case is denied at the first two levels, a hearing will be scheduled approximately 18 months from the time you file your appeal. If you are from the Watertown area, your hearing will be held in Milwaukee. At the hearing, you will be questioned by a judge who will take your limitations into consideration and present them to a vocational expert who will help the judge decide if you can perform certain jobs that meet your qualifications. Attorney Chewning will accompany you to your hearing. He will be at your side when you are questioned by the judge. He will help determine what Social Security regulations apply to your case and will argue them to the judge. He will cross-examine the experts called by the judge. He has appeared at hundreds of cases before judges at the Milwaukee hearing office. This might not be said about attorneys from out-of-state disability law firms. Attorney Chewning will fight with you to get the benefits you deserve. Most claimants are more comfortable with a lawyer on board. That lawyer should be from Wisconsin, just like you.
We do not charge legal fees unless we win your case. The fees are limited by the Social security Administration. This means you don’t need to find money up front to pay Attorney Chewning. Call us today to get started.