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Posted by Ramona, a Social Security client,
At first the person working on my case would take my calls and she told me everything was progressing nicely(not sure if that's her exact word). Then the person handling my case changed. I only get voice mail and have yet to receive a return call. AND NOW I'm getting bills for medical records another lawyer should have supplied. I am currently looking for other representation. Lavan and Neidenberg will be hearing from the new lawyer's office soon. The last conversation I had with anyone from this firm was filled with go to as many doctors as you can and keep track of that in your notebook. If you can't afford a doctor I'll send you a list. None of which I can afford.
Posted by Darhlene,
I received a case worker who calls me periodically, always calls me back, and are very clear on their instructions. Used my L&N notebook. They seem to be taking my case pretty seriously.
Posted by Michael, a Military Law client,
I will say that after reading some of these comments. I don't know what to think. I do believe in my own experience that after 2 years, I was finally awarded my SSD. But my VA case seems to be taking forever. I have been diagnosed with HEARING LOSS, BACK INJURY/ BACK PAIN, OSTEOARTHRITIS, HIV, I feel as though even with keeping in contact with the attorney's and paralegals at this firm, they are not keeping us as clients informed of what's going on. Personally, I have been going through alot and living on Social Security is not a joke. It sucks (but I thank GOD its something). All I can say is - have hope. A friend of mine was telling me that his attorney could not help him get his benefits, so his attorney actuall helped him get a government grant worth at $25,000 for the times missed. Even though my hope is in GOD, I hope they can work this out. As I'm ready to leave Florida for awhile.
Posted by T.A., a Appeals client,
I'm sorry that I have to say this, but I'm extremely disappointed with this law firm. In the beginning (2010) they were knowledgeable and understanding when sending someone out to my home to start the paperwork in filing my appeal. I am a veteran and was originally rated 30% disabled by the VA. When I applied for an increase due to the worsening of my condition, I was denied. As I stated, Lavan and Neidenburg sent someone to my home who was caring and attentive. I have to admit, in that year I went through a lot of changes such as unemployment and periods of homelessness. In these periods I did have contact with the firm and explained what was going on in my life and the agent's response was "sadly this happens to a lot of vets. Just make sure you stay in contact with us." Seriously? What a great and caring response to someone who is experiencing difficulty due to their disability! I could really tell that they were "working" for me. Sadly, I couldn't stay in contact with them as I would have hoped due to the no having an address or job thing. However, in the last year I have been homeless again, unemployed and hospitalized 3 times for my disability, all with my children in tow. I have contacted the firm fervently in this year and so far I have to say that their contact with me has been undesirable at best. They have failed to return my calls. After staying on hold for over 30 minutes on one occasion, I did finally make contact with someone who was said to be my case manager. I explained all the new developments to him and faxed all my evidence and information to support my claim and so far its been nearly two weeks and I have not received any confirmation that they even received these documents...despite my many calls and messages. The so called "case manger" that I spoke to did not even know that the VA had contacted me and asked for new information. I have even had to submit documents to the VA myself! Why do I even need a lawyer if I'm doing all the legwork? Is it just on paper that they represent me so that when I do win my case, they can get 20% of my money for doing absolutely nothing? I am tired and outraged. I do have to say that the quickest "response" I have ever gotten from this firm is when I left a message stating that I no longer wanted them to represent me. Oh, I received a call from Mr. Lavan himself all to lure me back in all for them to still succeed at doing nothing. As of this moment I am still homeless, I have lost my kids other parent who was also a disabled vet , I am STILL UNEMPLOYED and my doctors have stated that I am in no shape to work ANYWHERE! I am experiencing difficulty even going outside due to my disability! Where is my representation? What a way to say thanks to someone who gave years of their life in defense of this country! Famous words, "They spit on me in my own land..."
Posted by a Social Security client,
went online and picked this firm for my SSD case, i was denied and then went before the SS admin judge. i talked to my appointed lawyer the nite before my hearing, i asked about papers i had sent in and he said he had what he needed, i offer my paper work and he replied "he wasn't going to go thru a stack of papers".
at my hearing i met him for the first time and only had 15min to review my case before i went before the judge.
i was his second client to go before the televised judge, he came out and said to me" this judge is weird and hates florida!" this statement worried me greatly.
i asked him how he liked it over here and this SS admin building, he replied" its not west palm beach "and I just want to get this over". we then went in and he honestly didn't do much and didn't have any fight in himself for my case. i asked him about how it went and he was indifferent.
when i received the unfavorable decision in writing and reasons why, i reviewed the SSD letter and it was no surprise.
the paper work they put together from my doctors with dates and, it a mess with inconsistency that are blatantly obvious. mostly its the time line they defined. It was different to what i have and stated to them. i believe my lawyer should have brought these points up to me. If those discrepancies were rectified then at least my case would have more merit. to be fair this was probably one lawyer out of many so yours may vary.
Posted by a Social Security client,
Since I first went to the office I was treated very professional, and are moved with me I'm struggling a Social Security disability. I was assigned to Andrea, she is very attentive and professional in their work, whenever I needed this to contact me. Employees also is what a lawyer Excellent fima humanitarian needs are and put in place yourself.
Posted by Charlene, a Military Law client,
LaVan and Neidenberg was I heard through a reliable source. The exact word was excellent they said. This is my first time using them, so the only thing I can say right now is they have been great so far. If I win I would Scream to the top of my voice.
Posted by Michael, a Social Security client,
This firm has helped me and continues to assist me with my issues that I have gone through. Always there to help and inform me about my case. There are many great people in the office that will help you with your case.
Posted by NRC, a Military Law client,
I personally filed my INFORMAL CLAIM in AUG/2012. I had 1 year to get a FORMAL CLAIM filed. I thought a lawyer might be able to help and maximize my compensation. From the 1st day, they lied to me. I hired them in late January, and they never acted on my case despite their claim for MONTHS that they filed my FORMAL CLAIM. They said they filed it in February of 2013. I contacted the V.A. myself to see if they received my FORMAL. They didn't have it, and it takes up to 75 days to get it in their system. The V.A. stated that they issue a verification number that has 2 parts to it; a date and time in which it was received and a sequence number in which it was received. I called their offices again and they couldn't find it. I demanded to have a call back from a manager by the end of the day or I would be terminating their services. Guess what?!?! They called me back! This is the first time they were ever responsive since I agreed to have them represent me! This manager "looked a little deeper" into my file and said that my FORMAL WAS NEVER FILED IN FEBRUARY. The only communication with the V.A. that they did was submit representation paperwork to the V.A., then the V.A. sent back an acknowledgement, then they requested my files from the V.A. and they sent them. I sent away for my medical records and then sent them a copy. That was it. They did NOTHING since February. I was lied to/misinformed repeatedly. They told me that my formal was filed February 13, 2013. When I asked for that little V.A. verification number, they knew they had to 'fess up.
The following is SUPPOSITION AND OPINION: Here's the deal people, I would get BACK-PAY FROM THE V.A. dated to August 1st of 2012 (when I filed the INFORMAL claim). 6 months prior to my association with LaVan and Neidenberg. They KNOW that if they wait up til the last month to file the FORMAL claim, they get 20% of 1 years worth of back-pay of YOUR MONEY, FOR DOING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING but lie, delay and misinform. I was told that they would cover any doctors fees, but they wouldn't tell me is that it would come out of my back-pay lump sum. Then they say that they only send you to a doctor if the result wasn't desirable enough and you file an appeal through their offices, which you have already signed paperwork to do when you sign up with them. Just make sure you don't put dates on anything you sign ;) . They tell you this up front. I understand the logic, I'm not knocking it. Generally, once the V.A. gets your Formal, it takes about a year or so. It's now time to do the math! If I am awarded $2000 per month by the VA and I have been waiting almost 2 years (x24 months) that would be a lump sum of $48,000 (approximating)! WOW! Wait.... the check went to your lawyer first, which I'm sure will sit in their bank account long enough to gain interest after they take out their 20% of the lump sum, then take out any "expenses" that they acquired from working the claim ;) . They took your phone call, which I am sure is billed at a high rate. They leave you on hold, which I am sure they would bill you for and they DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING FOR YOU. We will assume they will claim about $1300 in expenses on top of their 20%. How much is this exactly? Lets call it $11,000 that they get from you. Easy money, baby! They didn't do anything but treat you like a mushroom (kept you in the dark and fed you a whole bunch of "fertilizer") and they get a nice chunk. I am assuming that this is the MINIMUM PAYDAY FOR L&N. Again, this entire paragraph is SUPPOSITION AND OPINION! I'm pretty good with fuzzy math.
If you are a Veteran, use your local/ county Veteran Services Agency. They will act faster. They have more experience, are free of charge, and more responsive than these attorneys. Their only goal is to get you what you deserve in compensation. Nothing more, nothing less!
Posted by a client,
Listened, understood, and took care of my needs in a respectful, timely, and professional manner. Will be forever grateful for his help.