Posted by Linda
On February 6 1996, I was rear-ended at a red light. I was again rear-ended as a passenger at red lights in 1997 and 1999. Although I did not know it at the time, that first accident was a life-changer. Within four months of that trauma, my MD had ordered me to stop all work. The next two wrecks contributed to my on-going difficulties. The path I was on was being documented in the medical record. I was being sent to many specialists, to rule out disease processes … I know these negative findings confused the record and added to its great volume.
In June 1996, I filed my first SSDI claim. So began a journey of 13 years. Thirteen long, confusing, terrifying years as I sought to care for myself, seek treatment, get better, and get on with what had become a new “normal.” I was physically, mentally, and financially diminished; everything seemed to be spiraling downward. It was, and it was hard. Really hard. Add to that, I had no idea of what to do. The “Post Concussive Syndrome” I had been diagnosed with early on was not well understood by the wider medical community; many of who even denied its existence. Because of our soldiers (and football players), this is now widely known as “TBI” and better understood even by the public. Because of TBI, I could not “plan forward” among many other mental difficulties. I hope this is better recognized as a possible debilitating side effect of auto accidents now, and that help is at hand and offered early.
With my original claim, I went to the hearing by myself. Mistake. Denied. At my next hearing, I went with an Advocate. Mistake. Denied.
I continued for do what those in authority over my life told me to do. Nothing was working. I began looking for a Social Security Disability lawyer. I spoke with a number, but no one was willing to take on my long, complicated, and confusing case. I ran in to someone who told me of Rosemary Schurman, a lawyer willing to take on confusing, convoluted, and therefore difficult, cases.
Not a mistake!
Although the entire journey took THIRTEEN YEARS and generated three telephone-book-sized volumes of my case, the professionalism, eye to detail, perseverance, dogged determination, and high intellect of Rosemary Schurman walked the walk, with my hand in hers for more than half that journey. She never missed a beat.
I am eternally grateful and deeply appreciative of the work Rosemary did on my behalf. We kept at it to the bitter end: Federal Court. It was a long haul, but with Rosemary, at least I had hope. Hope was in short supply. I was grateful realizing the reigning Judge took his job seriously; he had read my case! The “truth” won out. I could hardly believe the Judge had read my case, actually read it!
There were few bright spots in that long journey. Some were my friends who stood by me, and the Judge who actually read my case.
The brightest spot in that long journey was Rosemary Schurman. She believed in me, and we prevailed.
Posted by Frank
Ms. Schurman is an outstanding lawyer who did a job so well that I have trouble finding other attorneys that have heard of the type of legal work she so eloquently does. Ms. Schurman took my triple denied case and appealed it to Federal Court and won. She went on to reduce her agreed upon fees by $2000. WOW! Can you imagine, I presented here with a very dead case and those 34 years of experience went to work and today I have been awarded ssdi. Let me remind you that this was after 3 denieals- 2 admin reviews and 1 hearing.
Thanks Rosemary, I will remain anonymous, but you will know who I am and can have anyone contact me for a referral. I have refereed other attorneys around the country to her for her rare and exceptional work. My family or I can never thank you enough. This recommendation is the least that I can do.
Posted by Kristi
I have MS. I was denied SS/Disability numerous times I had almost given up. Rosemary was suggested to me thru another lawyer. She was able to get me approved for disability after 5 years of being denied. She is compassionate, efficient, and professional. I would recommend her to anyone fighting for disability.
Posted by a Administrative Law client
She fought for me to get disability and she got it for me after I was turned down.