As reflected in our logo, Cooke & Company, Inc. strives to be the sword and shield of the disabled. As such, we are honored to have client referral relationships with many noted disability advocacy organizations in our home state of Colorado, including Disabled Resource Services in Fort Collins and Loveland; The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People in Denver and Grand Junction; Connections for Independent Living in Greeley; the Center for Disabilities in Pueblo; the Huntington’s Disease Society, Rocky Mountain Chapter; the Colorado Neurological Institute; the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless; a large number of medical practices and even a number of non-disability attorneys. Such disability advocacy organizations refer their clients to Cooke & Company, Inc. because:
- Cooke & Company, Inc. doesn’t “cherry pick” claimants who are an easy pre-hearing win, a common practice of many large disability firms. We take all claimants who meet the minimum Social Security requirements, and work to develop the material medical and vocational evidence required to achieve a “Fully Favorable” decision.
- Cooke & Company, Inc. doesn’t drop claimants who fail to achieve a pre-hearing win, an equally common and regrettable practice of many disability firms focused on easy, short-term, low-cost wins versus the long-term case development typically required to win. We dig in our heels and prepare for a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge.
- Cooke & Company, Inc. doesn’t drop claimants after an “Unfavorable” hearing decision. If warranted, we appeal the decision to the Appeals Council, arguing for a remand or reversal of the judge’s decision.
- Cooke & Company Inc. represents claimants with both RSDI applications and the typically harder to win and less lucrative SSI applications. Unfortunately, far too many representatives refuse to take stand-alone SSI cases. We proudly represent all.
- Cooke & Company, Inc. does not charge for case expenses after an “Unfavorable” decision, which is a rare practice in the legal field. Many of our clients simply cannot afford to repay case expenses, so if we don’t win, we typically absorb those expenses ourselves.
- Cooke & Company, Inc. routinely volunteers time to answer the questions and assist in the training of varied medical practices and disability advocacy organizations. This commitment allows those entities direct, personal access to a dependable and proven disability specialist to better serve their patients’ needs.
- And finally, Cooke & Company, Inc. recognizes that the Social Security Administration is a typical federal bureaucracy. And worse, that the Social Security Administration is a typical federal bureaucracy that has received no increase in its administrative budget since 2010. That means that along with closing some offices and shortening operating times, the agency is also chronically ill-equipped and understaffed. Indeed, in a cost reduction measure, the SSA recently offered early retirement to about 14% of its current workforce, including some of the most experienced employees. Of course, these factors can negatively impact a case. Thus Cooke & Company, Inc. is well versed in correcting myriad Administration mistakes for our clients, bearing the stress so the claimant or advocacy organization doesn’t have to. We routinely and successfully deal with such vexing issues as missing paperwork, incorrect case information, lost evidence, miscoded computers, erroneous criminal checks, inaccurate payment analysis resulting in benefits-shorting or overpayments, ignored corrective measures and endless passing of the buck. As President “Give ‘em hell, Harry” Truman once said, “The Buck Stops Here!”