Effective, Persistent and Professional Representation
 

The Law Office of Michael A. Bell in Lewiston, Maine

Specializing in Social Security Disability, MPERS, and Worker's Compensation

OUR MISSION
 
We believe in every person's essential humanity, and that for anyone who seeks our help, it is our responsibility to assist them on the path to the improvement and restoration of their dignity, self-respect, health, and financial independence. We will suggest ways to achieve these goals. We will treat everyone with compassion and respect, and do our best to understand each individual's unique life story, in order to work with our clients to share that story in an effective and compelling way.

We are confident, based on over 35 years of experience, that by doing these things, we can achieve positive results for those whom we are privileged to serve. We believe there are more important things beyond simply “winning” a case, and that effective, persistent, and professional representation is the key to overall success.
 
 
WHAT WE DO
We concentrate on representing people in Maine who, due to physical and/or emotional injury or illness, cannot sustain full-time because they are disabled. We do so in three areas of law: Social Security, Workers' Compensation, and the Maine Public Employees Retirement System [MPERS]. It is possible, though rare, for a person to have a claim in all three areas at the same time, and more common that a worker will have a Social Security or MPERS disability claim along with a workers' comp case. We can provide coordinated assistance on all related disability claims.
 
 
 
SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY
Over 90% of what we do, and have been doing for the past 35 years, is representing people before the Social Security Administration [SSA], to assist them with their disability claims. We represent adults (age 18 to 65) who seek Social Security Disability Insurance benefits [SSD] and/or Supplemental Security Income [SSI] under their own Social Security numbers, [accounts]; children (age birth to 18) who seek Child SSI benefits; adults seeking benefits under a parent's account, known as Disabled Adult Child benefits [DAC]; and Widow's Disability Benefits [WDB] for individuals seeking benefits under a deceased spouse's account. We also assist individuals who are receiving benefits but receive a Cessation letter that serves as notice that benefits are being terminated after a medical review.
 
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We can assist you from the application process, which is often now done online, through all administrative review processes. We represent people before administrative law judges who have hearings scheduled in Portland or Augusta. We have experience in appealing claims to federal court.

We are happy to take cases on referral from whatever source, but it must be clear that it is the individual claiming benefits that we represent. We are not representing the person, agency, or long-term disability insurance company that may have provided our name.
 

To schedule a consultation, call us today!