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FAQ for Hiring a Disability Benefits Attorney

You are reading this article because you have taken it upon yourself to do some research prior to retaining your disability benefits counsel. This is a good thing. Reading website information alone is not sufficient. You need to ask a few pertinent questions prior to contracting with a disability benefits attorney since acquisition of such benefits is a very important matter to you..


Click on a question below to see the answer.



How many disability cases (Social Security, ERISA, Private, State, Federal) have you prosecuted?

What percentage of your practive is devoted to disability benefits cases?

Do you handle federal court appeals?

Will you be the attorney handling my case?

How familiar are you with my medical condition?

Are you an attorney?

What is your reputation in the legal community?

Do you accept referrals from insurance companies?



How many disability cases (Social Security, ERISA, Private, State, Federal) have you prosecuted?
The Answers You Do Not Want To Hear:
  • Several
  • A Bunch
  • Lots
  • Quite A Few
  • Many
  • A Sizeable Number Over the Years
Our Answer:

We have handled thousands of cases successfully and continue to do so on a daily basis.


What percentage of your practive is devoted to disability benefits cases?
The Answers You Do Not Want To Hear:
  • Small
  • Substantial
  • Considerable
  • Large
Our Answer:

Nearly our entire practice is devoted to the pursuit of obtaining disability benefits for our clients with additional work done in representing claimants in very similar case work involving life insurance and long term care claims. This focused approach makes it possible for us to understand all aspects of every case and be prepared to respond accordingly. Our firm resources for addressing the spectrum of disability benefits issues is far superior due to this very focused approach to representing a select group of clients.


Do you handle federal court appeals?
The Answers You Do Not Want To Hear:
  • No
  • A Couple
  • I Refer Them Out
Our Answer:

We have handled hundreds of federal court cases successfully and handle many on a daily basis. Unlike many attorneys who limit their practices to simpler proceedings, we stand behind our administrative work and believe in backing the cases including federal court proceedings. As we have handled many federal court proceedings, we are very comfortable with working in this setting.


Will you be the attornety handling my case?
The Answers You Do Not Want To Hear:
  • I Supervise The Case
  • I Assign The Case To One Of Our Attorneys
  • I Work On The Case, But Do Not Do Federal Court Appeals
  • I Only Work On The Cases When They Come To A Hearing
Our Answer:

We work on cases on all levels every day. We do not assign our cases to associates for handling. You get the real deal: Scott Elkind or Stephen Shea representing you. We are not figureheads who advertise for others to do the work for them.


How familiar are you with my medical condition?
The Answers You Do Not Want To Hear:
  • I Will Learn About It From the Medical Records<
  • Your Doctor Will Tell Me About It
  • I Have Heard Of It Before
  • I Have A Doctor Friend Who Explains Such Things To Me
Our Answer:

Our extensive experience has led to our accumulation of superior knowledge of many medical conditions including rare and/or unusual illnesses. Our website section entitled "Conditions Addressed" is only a partial list of the many medical conditions for which we have familiarity. Given our focused representation in this area, we have accumulated a superior medical library including hundreds of medical articles concerning many illnesses. This has been facilitated by our ready access to the National Library of Medicine with its amazing collection of medical resources.


Are you an attorney?
The Answers You Do Not Want To Hear:
  • I Am A Claims Representative
  • I Am Not An Attorney, But Specialize As a Representative Handling Claims
  • Although I Am Not An Attorney, I Have An Attorney With Whom I Consult
Our Answer:

Yes, not only are we attorneys, we are the type of attorneys who actually go to federal court on cases. We are not claims representatives who are not even allowed to file a federal lawsuit as they are not licensed to do so. We are not attorneys who stop handling your case after a hearing. We pride ourselves on our tenacity in backing cases we believe are meritworthy and should be paid, even if we need to undertaken complicated federal court lawsuits in doing so.


What is your reputation in the legal community?
The Answers You Do Not Want To Hear:
  • I Have A Martindale-Hubbell Rating of .......
  • I Am Respected In the Community
  • I Am Respected By Judges
  • I Am On A "Short List" Of People Considered For Becoming a Judge
Our Answer:

Our results are what are important as they reveal who we are: Attorneys who work hard representing those in need. We are more than respected in our community as we are regularly contacted by other attorneys throughout the country to tap our knowledge and experience to assist their clients. As a result of our hard work and superior results our firm has gained a national reputation. Our superior results and professionalism have earned the respect from judges, opposing counsels, and insurers. To keep this reputation, we must prove ourselves every day and with every case. Our future as a firm depends on our continuing ability to achieve results for our clients.


Do you accept referrals from insurance companies?
The Answers You Do Not Want To Hear:
  • Yes
  • Some
  • Only a Few
  • Once In A While
  • Not Recently
Our Answer:

We have never accepted a referral from an insurance company. Once you sell your soul to the insurance industry, they own you forever. We only represent individual claimants. We do not have a conflict of interest when representing our clients or are beholden to any outside business interest.


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We collect only the personal information you provide to us and we do not distribute it to any third parites.  Any legal information offered by Elkind & Shea, The Disability Benefits Law Firm, regarding social security disability benefits, long term disability benefits, short term disability benefits, ERISA, long term care denial and life insurance denial or other legal information offered herein is not formal legal advice nor the formation of an attorney client relationship.  All communications with counsel are confidential in accordance with the applicable Rules of Professional Responsibility which require that even consultations without retention are held confidential.