WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT? Experience Attorney Neil Onerheim has represented claimants for Social Security Disability and SSI benefit since 1975. He has personally represented more claimants at disability hearings in Social Security?s Boston and Lawrence Hearing Offices than any lawyer in the history of Massachusetts. Attorney Onerheim is the co-author of An Advocate's Guide to Surviving the SSI System. Practice Limited to Claims for Social Security Disability and SSI We are the only law firm in Massachusetts which limits its practice to initial claims for Social Security Disability and SSI which involve proof of disability. We do not accept any other type of case. Personal Contact with Attorney We are committed to making sure that you work directly with Attorney Onerheim in the development of your case. Every client of our office whose current claim has not yet been heard by an Administrative Law Judge always has a personal appointment pending with Attorney Onerheim. Once you have had an intake interview with a paralegal, you will be given an appointment with Attorney Onerheim, and at the end of each subsequent appointment you will be given another appointment with him. Between your scheduled appointments, you may have contact with our paralegals to ask questions and provide information, but you will always know that you will be sitting down with Attorney Onerheim to work on your case. If you study the advertising and web sites of other law firms who do this work, you will find lots of promises and hype, but you will not find other firms who make this critical promise to you. Highly Professional System of Claim Development Tailored to Your Individual Case Because we do only one type of case, we have refined our case management system over nearly 40 years of practice. The most important thing to know about Social Security claims is that Social Security does not pay claims of people who are disabled. Rather, Social Security pays claims of people who can prove that they are disabled in writing, under Social Security?s rules. This is a critical distinction. You come to us for our knowledge and experience in what you need to prove your case, and how to get it. This is not a simple process. Social Security rules are complex, and claims are commonly denied for reasons that are not immediately obvious to a layperson. This is why you need to be represented by an attorney, and why in our office you will always have an appointment with Attorney Onerheim. We will carefully review your existing Social Security record and ask you the details of your treatment history so that we can be sure to include all of your existing medical records in your Social Security file. Beyond this, we will discuss your medical conditions and symptoms with you to make sure that you are receiving adequate evaluation and treatment of all of the conditions which limit your ability to work. It is not unusual for us to encourage you to obtain further medical evaluation which ends up documenting additional medical conditions for which you had not been receiving treatment before contacting us. We Care About You and Are Committed to Helping You Through This Difficult Time This is a very serious business that we do. For most of our clients, establishing an income and health insurance is the most important issue in their lives, other than the personal health issues which cause them to be unable to work. This is also a very personal business. We know how important this is to you, and we have made this our life?s work because we care about people. We believe that we are incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to provide thoughtful and caring legal services to people whose health has prevented them from working. No Fee Unless Benefits Awarded.