Social Security Disability Attorney in Columbia, SC
McChesney & McChesney has been handling cases in the Columbia area for many years. We have worked together with other attorneys in Columbia on cases where the claimant was denied at the hearing level. We have appealed these cases to the Appeals Council level or Federal District Court level by looking for legal errors that an ALJ may have made in a case. We may also decide that the claimant should file an additional disability claim or not appeal depending on each separate situation. Where we decide not to take a case, we provide information on what a claimant should do going forward. In certain situations, that may involve using community resources such as free health clinics or trying to work on a part-time or full time basis. In every case that we take, our attorneys work together with our clients and our staff as a team to gather medical records, objective tests such as MRIs, X-rays and EMGs, opinions from doctors, and statements from other sources. Nationally, the approval rate for judges (ALJs) at the hearing level declined from 63% in 2008 and 2009 to 45% by 2014. Our firm works to gather all the medical evidence we can to convince ALJs to rule in favor of our clients.
Our Social Security attorneys are often in the Columbia area for hearings. Our satellite office is conveniently located in the 5 points area. Hirak Pati, an associate attorney, graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law and is familiar with the Columbia area. While Hirak was born in London, England, he moved to Columbia, SC with his parents when he was 2. He spent part of his childhood growing up in the Columbia area and attending Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary School before moving to the Upstate in 1998. Our firm has represented several clients in Columbia.
In Richland County, 8.7% reported having a disability according to the US Census. In nearby Lexington County, 8.8% reported having a disability. Therefore, if you are trying to file a Social Security claim in Columbia, you are not alone. Our firm recommends that you consider talking to an attorney before filing. However, if you would like to file a claim on your own to get the process started, the Columbia Social Security office is located at 1835 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201 on the 11th Floor of the Strom Thurmond Federal Building.
This is a secondary office. If you would like to meet with an attorney at this office, please make an appointment ahead of time.