The disability attorneys of Chermol & Fishman, LLC, are available to help you at any point in the process of applying for Social Security disability (SSD) or supplemental security income (SSI) benefits. We can help at the initial application stage and at every level of reconsideration and appeal, all the way to federal court.
Statistically speaking, your chances of having a positive result from your disability application go up significantly when you have an attorney representing you. A lawyer who understands Social Security disability law can help you avoid common mistakes that can cause your application to be denied or delayed for months or even years.
At Chermol & Fishman, LLC, in Philadelphia, we focus our practice exclusively on helping people obtain the disability benefits they deserve. It is all we do. We know the system from the inside. Firm co-founder David F. Chermol worked as an attorney for the Social Security Administration (SSA) for more than 10 years.
Attorneys Teri C. Smith-Jones and Kelly C. Connelly both have extensive backgrounds working for the Social Security Administration as well. This insider’s knowledge gives us insight into the workings of the Social Security Administration. We know what the SSA and administrative law judges are looking for when they evaluates claims and decide cases.
Because of our familiarity with the system, we are often able to help you tell your story in a way that will be meaningful to the decision makers. For example, you may be asked why you left your last job. Many people respond truthfully, “Because I was fired.” We know to ask you the reason you were terminated from you last job. In many cases, the firing was related to your disability. If your medical condition caused you to miss a lot of work because you were going to doctor’s appointments or you just weren’t well enough to do your job, your application will be considered differently from someone who was fired for not doing good work.