Get financial relief from Social Security Disability.

Social Security pays disability benefits if a physical or mental condition prevents you from working.

But many deserving people are denied.

I’m Tom Bothwell.

If you were denied, don’t assume the government must be right. I’ve helped more people win Social Security Disability benefits than any other attorney in Central Washington.

Get Benefits so You Can Move on With Your Life

Bad health has hit you hard. You can’t work like you once did. Now you’re worried about money and survival.

You never thought you’d be unable to work and have to rely on Social Security Disability benefits.

But this isn’t just about benefits. It’s about your life. It’s about getting some stability so you can move past a difficult time.

Social Security Disability (SSD) provides monthly checks to help you through. This is an insurance program you paid for out of your paychecks when you worked.

But Social Security doesn’t award benefits easily. It takes a lot of work, filling out long applications, waiting — and very often getting denied and having to appeal.

Get help from someone who works with this all the time, who can make a strategy just for you.

The attorneys at Bothwell & Hamill have helped thousands of people win benefits in Yakima, Kennewick, Sunnyside, Spokane, Richland, Ellensburg, Wenatchee, Walla Walla and all across Central Washington.

If you can’t work, let us go to work to get you benefits.

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How Do I Know if I Qualify for Benefits?

Social Security has some basic conditions to qualify for disability benefits:

  • Past Work.You worked and have a substantial record of paying into the Social Security system.
  • Bad Health.Because of health problems, you cannot continue in your job.
  • Can’t Work.You also cannot switch to another job.
  • Long-Term.Your medical conditions have lasted, or will last, at least a year — or eventually lead to death.

How Do I Apply for Benefits?

To apply for Social Security Disability benefits, you’ll need to fill out a lot of forms, provide records of your health problems and provide a summary of your work history.

You need to make sure your application is:

  • Accurate: Don’t exaggerate your health problems — but don’t downplay them either.
  • Thorough: Including medical evidence from doctor visits is extremely important.
  • Timely: Apply as soon as you know you can’t work. Waiting can reduce your back benefits.

An experienced lawyer makes sure you have all these points covered.

At Bothwell & Hamill, you PAY NO ATTORNEY FEE until you win. And we don’t charge anything for you to talk to us about your case.

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What If I’m Denied?

It feels terrible to get denied for Social Security Disability benefits.

But you shouldn’t panic. Most people get denied on their first try. Appeals are often when people win benefits.

Keep this in mind when you need to appeal:

  • Move Fast: You have to meet a deadline of about 60 days from when you received your denial letter.
  • Get Prepared for a Hearing: When you’re going to meet a judge to talk about your health problems, you need to be ready. We strongly encourage you to get a lawyer at this stage.

Social Security’s own numbers have shown that if you don’t have a professional representative, you’re more likely to be declined benefits.

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I hired Mr. Bothwell to handle my Social Security case, and it was a great learning process for me. He helped me be very prepared for my hearing, and he was really on it when it came to dealing with the judge. I don't think I would have won without him.”

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