Toni Lepley

Posted on December 7, 2018Posted By Russell & Hill, PLLCPosted In

“First off, I’d be a disgrace to the State of Washington not to say, “We are the champions!” A team that deserved to be the winners of the Super Bowl. These men proved to the world that if you believe in something and you work hard for it, you will succeed. And that is also true for my “team” at Russell and Hill. It was a long journey, one that at times gave me hope we would win the government over and other times when I just felt like giving up as individuals out there, without meeting face to face with you, can judge you capable of playing football when one can barely leave the house. I am chronically ill with five non-curable diseases/illnesses and each time my team sent my claim in, I was told I could play ball.

Sarah C., my case manager, has the patience of a saint. I would call often, send off more and more medical records, have her request more medical records and not once did she complain. When my third or fourth claim was rejected, poor Michael T. got the brunt end of the stick. I wasn’t angry with the law firm, but with the government and I expressed my opinion to him. Thank goodness he was there to listen as my attorney was leaving and I needed to be reassigned. He took my five inch thick file and reviewed it and I was now the client of Sarah W. She took my final claim to the federal court. When I received the phone call from her saying I was denied, it is interesting, I wasn’t actually upset. It is as if I knew what the outcome would be. Very typical of our government. But she had some good news and that was that because I turned 55 earlier in the year, it is written in Social Security’s rules that once a person turns 55, is deemed disabled and not able to do the last job they had, you basically qualify for disability. I believe Sarah filed in June and in December the only way we found out that I was approved was the three months back pay I received in my bank account. My attorney, Sarah, threw the final touchdown and we won the game. *big grin*

I cannot begin to express my appreciation to all the people at Russell and Hill for the work they did on my case for over three years. Not one complaint from them, always positive and willing to help you out in any way that they can. They are true professionals and will go the extra mile to make sure their client is their number one priority. I would most definitely refer them to others seeking out disability. They are my champions!!!! Thank you and God bless you all in your future endeavors.”

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