Don't Be Like This — Help Me Help You Get Social Security Disability

Apr 26, 2012 Comments Off on Don't Be Like This — Help Me Help You Get Social Security Disability by

A few months ago I advised a client who explicitly said he was disabled by psychiatric illness to get in psychiatric treatment. A month ago I called to see if he had done so. He told me that he hadn’t gotten around to it yet. I restrained myself from asking why his busy schedule as a disabled person did not allow him time to get around to this. I just encouraged him to make the call. I checked back with him recently. Again, he said that he hadn’t gotten around to it. Again, I encouraged him to get in treatment. Although he deserved it, I still did not inquire about why he couldn’t find time to get in treatment. I just talked about the importance of psychiatric treatment to his case and to his life in general. He then told me that he had no intention of getting in psychiatric treatment because “I’ve been trying to get on Social Security disability for five years and I know very well what’s disabling me.” When I responded that the five year time he had been trying to get on Social Security suggested to me that he should try a new tack, he said he needed a different attorney. I told him, “Fine, I’ll withdraw from representing you.”

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Charles Hall is the lead attorney for the Charles Hall Law Firm in Raleigh, NC. He has been practicing in the Social Security Disability law field since 1979, is published, and is ready to help new clients win their benefits in North Carolina.