Referral From a Friend and Attorney Leads to a Favorable Social Security Disability Ruling


Our client from Cranston, RI suffered a serious workplace injury years ago that resulted in a broken ankle and a fractured back. The injury triggered years of medical treatment and lingering pain that ultimately led him to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) benefits. Like many who seek to navigate the complicated SSDI system on their own, his request for benefits was denied. His appeal was also rejected. Frustrated, he turned to his best friend, a former high school classmate who practices law in Rhode Island. His friend does not practice Disability law so he referred him to a firm he was confident could provide the legal representation he needed. That recommendation brought him to Marasco & Nesselbush.

Several members of the Marasco & Nesselbush team assisted our client with his case, including Partner Donna Nesselbush, and Attorney, Mariam Lavoie. Nesselbush and Lavoie have developed a reputation for winning some of the toughest Social Security Disability cases in the region, a record built on their deep knowledge of the intricacies of Social Security Disability law. While their tenacity and legal acumen helped to ultimately win SSDI benefits for our client on a subsequent appeal, it was the team’s “can do” attitude that stands out most in our client’s mind. “About three months ago on a Sunday, I get a call from my attorney, Mariam Lavoie. Most people are at the beach or having a barbecue and she’s calling me about my case,” said our client. “We talked about a half hour and she asked me some detailed questions about my ongoing health issues. She actually called back a short while later with a few more questions. I could not have been more impressed. I hung up the phone and told my wife, ‘That was my lawyer on a Sunday. I think I am going to win this case!”

Our client’s confidence in the outcome of his appeal was well-founded. Marasco & Nesselbush’s successfully appealed our client’s earlier denials by the Social Security Administration, earning him retroactive benefits for a six-year period. Partner Donna M. Nesselbush applauded Lavoie for the victory she secured on behalf of this client. “Mariam is an incredibly dedicated, poised and skilled attorney,” said Nesselbush. “We are proud of her grit and determination that won benefits for our client and grateful for her contributions helping to build our firm’s stellar reputation as the region’s leading Social Security Disability law firm.” Our client was grateful for the team’s work on his behalf. He was also grateful to his best friend, the attorney who recommended that he turn to Marasco & Nesselbush for help.