Maddox Laffoon Helping People in Thurston County

I can’t thank the folks at Maddox & laffoon enough. I could not possibly have navigated through the social security disability application process without Jeanette’s legal assistants help. They helped me through the application process all the way and helped me understand the questions. They then take it from there and submit it for you and stay right with you through the process of answering any questions or document requests from Social Security. I was approved for my social security disability in one month. Now obviously that is not the norm but I believe it was moved along the chain a lot faster with the assistance of Maddox & laffoon. Highly recommended. – Kathy Davenport-Schramm

Thank you Kathy! We appreciate your kind words.

Social Security and Disability rights can be a tricky thing to navigate and it’s almost imperative to have someone on your side that understands the process. Because laws and rules change all the time, it’s practically like alphabet soup to understand everything yourself. Maddox Laffoon

But with the right team, and I do mean team, behind you, you can process and figure out exactly what you need, when, and how. Our team is not just the attorneys, but everyone in the office that helps each and every client. Most people have no idea where to start, which is where we come in.

Having represented thousands of clients in disability cases since 1980, Maddox & Laffoon, P.S. of Olympia, WA is your experienced choice dedicated to helping improve your quality of life. When you visit our law office, you will soon understand this commitment to your needs. Our entire staff always works together as a team with your needs in mind. 

Give us a call today to understand your rights when it comes to social security and disability benefits. This is what we specialize in and can help make the entire process as stress-free as possible.

Is Your Doctor Supportive of your Disability Case?

Is Your Doctor Supportive of Your Disability Case?

It’s not uncommon to hear a claimant for Social Security disability or SSI disability state that their personal physician is “completely behind getting my benefits for disability”, only to unfortunately find out down the road, that their physician isn’t being very helpful, or even worse, actually not supportive at all! The bummer part is that this often becomes the realization just as the disability lawyer is preparing a case for a hearing. When this happens, you and/or your lawyer need to try to gather recent medical records as well as a supportive statement/medical source statement or RFC form.

It is usually a pretty good clue that your doctor is not supportive of your disability case if you find their office is unresponsive to requests for medical records or that the doctor is unwilling to complete the rather lengthy RFC form. One would wonder, well if their doctor is not supportive to their case then why did they say they were? It may be because sometimes doctors say one thing to their patients, and another thing in their patient’s medical records. It may also be because they’ve changed their mind. Another reason may be that the doctor runs a pretty busy practice and does not wish to devote their time to a claimant’s disability case. If the last reason is the case, the doctor may charge to fill out the RFC form, which is money well spent.

However, if your doctor is not willing to fill out the form whether you pay a fee or not, you should consider switching doctors. If you do switch doctors, you’ll have to see them several times to establish that they are now your treating doctor.

Try to discern whether your doctor will support your claim, by having a simple conversation with them or by reviewing your own medical records.

When it’s all said and done, you have to realize that Social Security disability and SSI cases take too much time and energy to fight, only to realize that you don’t have the support of your doctor for your claim.

See Also:

Local Disability Attorneys Versus National Ones

ABLE Act of 2014

AARP analyzes social security change

AARP released an editorial and fact sheet this week that examines the proposed budget reduction called "chained CPI."  This federal budget maneuver would tie the "chained" consumer price index (CPI) to Social Security's cost of living adjustment (COLA). The Social Security COLA modifies Social Security benefit amounts each year, in order to meet increased living costs, as groceries, gas, health care and utility prices rise.  The Chained CPI effect would recalculate the way Social Security calculates its annual cost of living adjustment.

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