Last weekend, I was enjoying a family vacation in Disney World, and for whatever reason, I decided to watch 60 Minutes on Sunday night, not knowing what the topic was about. Reportedly, there have been many discrepancies regarding the U.S. disability fund which is set to run out of cash within as little as two to three years. The program suggested that the downfall of the disability fund was due to personal injury attorneys scheming money for their disability clients. As I was watching the program with my wife, one of my “Get Gordon” commercials aired during the program. I know the media and other critics might question the morals and ethics of attorneys, suggesting they abuse the system to gain more clients; however, what 60 minutes described does not resemble how my firm’s Social Security operates.
It is funny looking back, because I had absolutely no idea that one of mine and 5 other attorneys’ commercials were going to be used during the segment as examples of disability attorneys in the U.S. While the story was relevant and did make some good points, it didn’t tell the entire story. The media focused on two law firms on how they operate their practices. The story highlighted how one these firms has an astronomical volume of cases to make a lot of money and the other firm had relationships with local doctors and the hearing judge which apparently allow a much higher approval rate then the rest of the country.
At my law firm, we don’t have ten-thousand plus case inventory, nor do we have doctors that come to our offices to conduct examinations. We do things the way my dad taught me. We take each case one at a time and perform a thorough examination of the facts. If we are convinced the client has a legitimate claim, we file the necessary papers to protect the client’s rights. Also, in almost all of our cases, our clients have already seen their doctor and have the medical records substantiating their disability.
I believe that social security disability is a necessity for many people. I also believe that there are people who will try to scheme the system. I wish that all law firms did the right thing, but then again, I wish this was true of all people.