To work hands-on with the claimant or significant others in all phases of the process with no delegation to staff.
To educate the claimant on how to use specially designed diaries and charts for documenting symptoms, signs, and functional limitations.
To assist claimants in transmitting this crucial information not only to SSA but also to their doctors.
To begin representation early in the claims process, optimally at the application stage, regardless of fee considerations.
For 37 years, Robert Hager has been a tireless advocate for those who have difficulty advocating for themselves. His law firm began in 1986 and by 1989 it was exclusively focused on SSA disability and remains so today. Since 1997, this advocacy has been strengthened by efforts designed to improve physicians’ medical documentation. He has presented at professional inservices for physicians on SSA disability regulations and medical documentation.
Baylor University and graduated from North Texas State University in 1968 – BA in Social Science
University of Houston – Master’s program studies in philosophy, 1970-1979
Thurgood Marshall School of Law – Juris Doctor – 1985
Mayor’s Task Force on Children and Youth, Chairperson, Recreation Committee
Mayor’s First Hearing on Children and Youth, Recreation Subcommittee
Mayor’s Second Annual Hearing on Children and Youth, Chairperson, Recreation Committee
Mayor’s Third Annual Hearing on Children and Youth, Chairperson, Position Statement Subcommittee
Licensed by the State Bar of Texas and law firm started
Councilmember, Adult Mental Health Planning Advisory Council of MHMRA of Harris County – 1999 – Chairperson, Ad Hoc Committee on SSI/SSDI Benefits
President, Houston Area Mental Health Advocates, Inc. – a non-profit organization advocating for improving medical treatment for individuals with mental illness
Board member, Capacity for Justice – a non-profit organization advocating for incarcerated individuals with mental illness
Member, Harris County Hospital District SSA Disability Project Committee.
Member, Disability Issues Committee of the State Bar of Texas – initiator and member of Subcommittee created to develop a State Bar of Texas-Texas Medical Association Task Force on SSA Regulations and Medical Documentation
*No attorney fees will be required in advance. All attorney fees must be approved by SSA and are payable only in cases where the claim is approved and back benefits are awarded.