Social Security Disability



Richard is a 57-year-old man who is also a military veteran with an honorable discharge and service in Viet Nam. He was a medic and received two bronze stars during his service to our country. After he returned home, he worked as a truck driver for many years, was a certified nursing assistant and also worked light duty as an escort at the veterans administration hospital. He is a brave man and he is a strong man. He suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, a heart condition, kidney failure, chronic back pain, and depression. He lost his job, had to file for bankruptcy and found himself alone and worried. He applied for Social Security Disability, but his claim was denied. Things were looking bleak.

Then he hired our firm. Attorney Liz Stakenborg attended his hearing with him, presented medical evidence, argued for him, and argued for his benefits. She also prepared a memorandum of law that convinced the Administrative Law Judge that this man was disabled and deserved his benefits. Period. Thanks to Liz, Richard now receives a full monthly disability check and also receives Medicare benefits.

The good news did not end there. Due to his Social Security award, the Veterans Administration re-evaluated Richard’s disability claim using the arguments provided by the firm and determined that he qualified for unemployability status, thereby increasing both his VA rating and his monthly VA benefits.