Social Security Information:
Ms. Stone's experience as a Social Security Disability lawyer is simply unmatched. Ms. Stone is a former Supervisory Staff Attorney and Adjudication Officer for the Social Security Administration. She knows the system from the inside out. Now that Ms. Stone is in private practice, she has won 99 percent of her Social Security Disability cases.
If you retain Ms. Stone to represent you in your Social Security Disability case, she will perform the following services:
You have sixty days to appeal from the date you received the denial letter. We recommend one of three things. 1. Bring the unfavorable decision to your local office and ask to appeal. Be sure to get a receipt showing the date that you filed. If you have no proof that you filed on time, SSA may dismiss your case. 2. If you must send your appeal by mail, send it certified mail, return receipt requested. 3. If you contact the Law Office of Kerie Stone, we can offer you a free consultation in which we assist you in filling out appeals forms. If we represent you, we will take care of filing all appeals. Just be sure that your appointment to see us is within the sixty days.
If you are denied benefits and you live in the Metropolitan New York area, the next step will be to ask for a hearing. In some other parts of the country, the next step would be to ask for a reconsideration, where another Social Security employee has a chance to look at your case. If you are denied on reconsideration, you ask for a hearing. I like the New York method better. Many of my clients ask me about reconsideration because New York used to use that for disability claims and still uses it for some non-disability cases. If you know anyone who applied a few years ago, chance are that they had to go through reconsideration.
We are paid only if we are successful in obtaining Social Security Disability Benefits for you. We are paid 25 percent of your past due benefits or $6,000, whichever is less. This means that the maximum fee is $6,000.
It is a common misconception that if you hire a lawyer for your Social Security Disability case, the lawyer will get a percentage of all benefits, even your future payments. THIS IS NOT THE CASE. Our fee is only 25 percent of the past due benefits or $6,000, whichever is less.
You will be responsible for paying some expenses. For example, if your doctor charges a fee for you to obtain copies of medical records or reports, you are responsible for that fee. You are also responsible to pay copying and mailing expenses. These are expenses that you would have whether you hire an attorney or not.
Contact the office for an initial consultation. We will make a determination as to whether we believe that we can prove disability for you.