Serving Other Attorneys

If you handle a lot of social security cases, please e-mail me, Paul McChesney, at calls@carolina-disability.com , or call me at 1-800-775-3985 if you are interested in working together on web projects, such as national sites and webrings, that will help both the disabled and our practices.

If you do not handle a lot of social security cases, please e-mail me, Paul McChesney, at calls@carolina-disability.com , or call me at 1-800-775-3985 if you are interested in working together in a particular case.

A fair portion of our practice results from associations by other attorneys.

The fee is fairly small in any one Social Security case, the law is fairly esoteric, and they keep changing it. And, as is true in other areas, the best approach to each case varies slightly, depending on the judge who hears it. For all of these reasons, it often makes sense for an attorney who only handles these cases occasionally to associate counsel. We are glad to work with attorneys who refer us cases at any level of the process. We encourage referrals early, but will usually accept them cheerfully at the last minute or after an adverse decision.

We also handle appeals to the Appeals Council and Federal District Court for claimants who have been turned down at the hearing level. The best approach to a case at these levels is different from the approach that is appropriate at the hearing level. We think that every case denied at the hearing should be carefully evaluated for further action.

We will often take a case that has been denied at the Appeals Council level and appeal it to the Federal District Court. However, because it is usually difficult to submit more evidence at the Federal District Court level, a good outcome is more likely if you associate us at an earlier level.

We handle selected appeals to the Fourth Circuit. However, that court is presently ruling for the claimant in a small percentage of the reported cases, and an even smaller percentage of the unreported cases. Unless we are involved in the case from the Appeals Council level, it is usually difficult to have the issues properly preserved for this sort of appeal.