I have been fighting on the behalf of thousands of clients who are disabled and cannot work, or have very serious health problems that make it nearly impossible to simply function without a lot of difficulty for more than twenty years. Often a disability claim is filed as a matter of last resort when a person is out of options. Accordingly, if you can no longer work following a serious workplace injury or due one or more medical conditions, do not waste time because the disability claims process is slow. Get a claim filed and give serious thought to retaining a representative at the beginning. Choose who will represent your interests wisely. Hire a lawyer who has experience with all sorts of medical conditions and vast experience appearing on behalf of clients before the Social Security Administration.
I have practiced disability law for over two decades and represented more than 2,500 claimants in their cases over that period of time. I have represented clients who have every imaginable medical condition that could render a person unable to hold down a job. Over the years, I have helped clients obtain deserved benefits and the following is a sampling of medical problems client have had resulting in awards of benefits:
- Back or neck pain
- Issues involving their knees, shoulders, ankles, feet, or hands
- Complicated hearing or vision problems
- Vascular, heart, or breathing issues
- Diabetes and diabetes-related complications
- Psychological problem
- Simple and complex neurological conditions
- Kidney, bladder, or bowel difficulties
This is not an exhaustive list of medical conditions that I have experience with representing disability clients. Still, beyond being intimately familiar with such a vast array of medical conditions and how those limited previous clients in their ability to function, I also am very familiar with the many numerous components of the Social Security Administration and the State Agencies that the Social Security Administration utilizes for making early medical determinations. All told, I have personally appeared before Social Security hearing offices in Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. I have appeared before hundreds of Social Security judges in a number of different hearing offices throughout the eastern part of the United States: in Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh and Seven Fields), West Virginia (Charleston, Huntington, and Morgantown), Ohio (Akron, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton), Kentucky (Lexington), North Carolina (Raleigh), Florida (Orlando), Indiana (Valparaiso), Michigan (Livonia), Virginia (Charlottesville, Richmond, and Roanoke), and Tennessee (Franklin and Nashville).
My family has always been part of the working class. My parents, uncles and aunts, and grandparents worked in factories, coal mines, manufacturing facilities, and in the construction industry. They were all hard workers who gave more than they received. Of course with those types of work backgrounds, many in my family were hurt on-the-job or suffered disabilities at some point or another.
Please rest assured that I personally know what it’s like to experience disability. My parents, both of them, had the misfortune of getting hurt and sick before they could retire from their jobs. My father became disabled when I was getting ready to go to college, and the years that he couldn’t work were rough. My mother became disabled after I had been practicing disability law. Both pursued disability claims that were initially wrongfully denied. Both had to wait years under the lengthy Social Security hearing appeals process before both got their hearings. Both ultimately were approved, though my father’s case took more than five years after filing, with my mother being approved approximately three years after filing.
It has been a long journey to land here in Middle Tennessee. My first work as an attorney goes back to 1996, when I was hired out of law school to perform workers’ compensation claims legal defense for the State of West Virginia through the Attorney General’s office for the State of West Virginia. A year later, I left that position to return to Wheeling, West Virginia upon being hired by a small boutique law firm, Seibert and Kasserman, to assist in workers’ compensation claims administration on behalf of injured workers and to develop the firm’s Social Security practice. After ten years with the firm helping injured workers and the disabled, I formed a partnership with a partner at Seibert and Kasserman. Two years later, Bowman Law Office was created to carry on the work of helping the injured and disabled. Being drawn to the South and Nashville, three years ago my wife and I decided to make the move to Tennessee and, in June 2014, I was admitted to practice law here in the State of Tennessee. After admission, I, my wife, and my three wonderful children moved and became Tennesseans in Wilson County, with Bowman Law Office relocating to Lebanon, Tennessee around the same time. Bowman Law Offices has been serving all of Middle Tennessee for the past few years, continuing its mission of helping the injured and disabled. We welcome the opportunity to serve you.