Unfortunately, there are times when individuals have suffered from a variety of medical or other impairments and are unable to work in the national economy. At that time Social Security disability benefits and/or supplemental security income may be available to the individual. While the initial application is often handled at the local Social Security office, the denial of an initial application results in a hearing before a Social Security Administrative Law Judge. Robert J. Blackwell has been representing people before the Social Security Administration since the mid 1970’s. The hearing before the Administrative Law Judge is often the only opportunity the individual has to fully present the situation that prevents that individual from being able to work. Having an experienced attorney represent the individual, aid in the compilation of the record and the presentation of the evidence, can increase the likelihood that an individual will receive Social Security disability benefits and/or supplemental security income.