You earned the right to disability benefits.

When you worked, Social Security took money from every paycheck. But now when you can’t work, your claim for disability benefits has been denied.

I’m Tom Bothwell.

Whether you were denied, or need to apply, I’ve helped more people win Social Security Disability benefits than any other attorney in Central Washington.

If You Were Denied Disability Benefits, It’s Not Over

Getting denied Social Security Disability benefits feels devastating. You were counting on those monthly checks to maintain a level of financial stability and independence.

Now, you need to appeal the decision. But appealing is intimidating. As part of your appeal, you might have to speak to a judge. This can be a stressful time.

Social Security has its own separate legal system. Get a lawyer experienced with this system to take some of the anxiety out of your appeal.

Tom Bothwell of Bothwell & Hamill has helped more people win benefits than any other lawyer in Central Washington. No matter why you were denied, he’s seen every situation and knows what to do.

Important! Once you’re denied benefits, the clock starts ticking. Don’t wait too long and miss the deadline to appeal.

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

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Bothwell & Hamill helps people get through every level of appeal in Yakima, Kennewick, Sunnyside, Spokane, Richland, Ellensburg, Wenatchee, Walla Walla and all across Central Washington.

You PAY NO ATTORNEY FEE until you win. And we don’t charge anything for you to talk to us about your case.

What Are My Steps to Appealing?

Social Security has four levels of appeal:

  1. Reconsideration: When your first application is denied, you can submit new evidence and get your application reviewed by someone different at Social Security.
  2. Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Hearing: If you get denied again, you can ask a Social Security judge to hear your case. This is a critical moment. Your evidence needs to be ready — and you need to be ready to testify.
  3. Appeals Council Review: If the ALJ denies you, you can still ask for a review by Social Security’s national Appeals Council. The council could award benefits, deny benefits or return your case to the ALJ with further instructions.
  4. Federal Court Review: Your last step is to leave Social Security’s legal system and file a lawsuit in federal court. A U.S. District Court judge will review your case. You won’t testify or add evidence. The judge could send the case back for more consideration, deny benefits or award benefits.

Bothwell & Hamill helps people get through every level of appeal in Yakima, Kennewick, Sunnyside, Spokane, Richland, Ellensburg, Wenatchee, Walla Walla and all across Central Washington.

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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Social Security often brings in expert medical witnesses. They can hurt your chances of winning benefits. We know how to counter them.

According to Social Security’s own statistics, people win benefits more often when they have a disability lawyer than when they don’t.

What Happens When I
Talk to a Judge?

Talking to an ALJ is your first chance to make your case for disability benefits face-to-face.

It’s normal to be nervous. But Tom Bothwell and the legal team at Bothwell & Hamill know how to get you prepared and confident.

Our attorneys will take care of all of this:

  • Analyzing your Social Security file
  • Preparing your case and strategy
  • Gathering additional evidence from your doctors and medical providers
  • Making legal arguments
  • Preparing you to testify
  • Questioning witnesses for your case
  • Cross-examining medical and vocational experts who testify about you

Social Security often brings in expert medical witnesses. They can hurt your chances of winning benefits. We know how to counter them.

According to Social Security’s own statistics, people win benefits more often when they have a disability lawyer than when they don’t.

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More Questions?

You probably have a lot of questions. Bothwell & Hamill has answers.

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He (Tom Bothwell) was patient with me when my anxiety attacks came over me during our time with the SSD Judge. He helped me get my SSD hearing granted when it seemed impossible.”

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