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Social Security & Veterans Disability Client Testimonials

Hill & Ponton, P.A. has helped over 30,000 people secure the benefits they deserve. Here are just a few of our satisfied clients:

“Over the last several years, I have had occasion to have a Veteran’s Disability Claim pending against the Veteran’s Administration. I had tried on my own, as well as using the services of other organizations to assist me in fighting my claim—to no avail. 

At last I decided to utilize the services of a Law Firm well—known for fighting on servicemen’s behalf. At Hill & Ponton, I found the right advocate. They were very responsive to my cause, working tirelessly with me on every step of the way. Correspondence was a two-way street and I was kept informed at all times on the progress of my case. On many occasions over the years, I was directly informed by telephone by Mr. Matthew Hill, Senior Attorney in charge of my claim. 

Finally, after years of travail against the V.A., Hill & Ponton was able to arrive at a just resolution in favor of my claim against the V.A. It was indeed a difficult and hard-fought case, but Hill & Ponton were able to prevail against many obstacles. 

Although, the fight continues in attaining 100% total permanent disability, I am significantly impressed with efforts taken on my behalf thus far, in receiving a partial Service Connected Disability with a monthly monetary stipend. 

I have full faith in this Law Firm and believe that without their services I would not have received the benefits gained. I would highly recommend their services to any serviceman having a claim against the Veterans Administration.” Enrique W.

“Dear Carol, …on behalf of my son, my wife, and myself…THANK YOU so wholeheartedly. To you and your friendly staff in handling our not so easy Social Security and Veteran Administration claims. We have been greatly satisfied and rewarded with your high level of professionalism, expertise and of course, that personal touch that sets your office apart. Not to mention positive results…beyond our expectations. We proudly recommend your services to all in our COI. Our prayers and desires for your lives and office to continually be safe and blessed.” Diego A.

“I know that my husband got his 100% because of the wonderful persistence of Carol and all she did and for her big and wonderful loving heart for these forgotten veterans. There are really no words to express our gratitude for your firm, especially Carol. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to such wonderful people. Blessings!”  Larry and Peggy T (recovery for veteran: retro of $80,000 monthly benefits of 100% permanent and total)

“My name is Vickie Clark.  My husband, Robert Clark, was diagnosed with liver cancer back in March 2009.  He was a Vietnam veteran.  I had been telling my husband back in 1992 to apply for VA benefits but he would not do anything.  Finally, when he got diagnosed I decided to take action.  I was looking on the Internet for a law firm that specializes in veterans benefits.  I called the law office of Hill and Ponton.  After Hill and Ponton contacted me, they were so professional and so caring.  I had no idea how to do any paperwork and so I hired them.  I can tell you that I did not do anything, they took care of everything.  If I know of any veterans, I have referred to their office.  Thank you so much Hill and Ponton for all the work you have done to get my deceased husband’s benefits.” Vickie C.

“Mrs. Ponton words cannot describe what I feel this moment!! I’ve waited TWENTY TWO years for this!!!”
Ron C. (recovery for veteran: retro of $402,000 and monthly benefits of 100% permanent and total).

“Atty. Hill,  I want to let you know how much I really appreciate your diligence and patience concerning this matter. It was very stressful and frustrating for me and I did not want it to go on any longer than necessary. Without your assistance this may have taken forever. Again, thank you and I pray that our paths will cross because it would be great to thank you in person.”     John B.

“Mary,  Thank you so much. You are the best and I will tell everyone how great that you and Hill and Ponton have treated me as we try and move forward with our life. Thank you so much and God Bless you.”     Michael M.

“Mary, on behalf of myself & my family I would like to thank you and your firm for assisting me through the disability application approval process. If I know anyone in a similar situation I will gladly recommend your firm & especially you.” Joe D.

“Please let me express my sincere gratitude and appreciation for all the hard work you and your staff provided me during a difficult time in my life. I want you to know that you have inspired me with confidence and understanding of my situation. Also, please accept my apologies if at times I seem impatient or misunderstanding of the extensive process and time required to win my disability claim. This in itself has been a life saver for sure and I can’t thank you enough for everything you’ve done for me. Please extend a very personal thanks to Ms. Natalia Jofre for the dedication, time, caring and professional attitude on my case. She was very patient and understanding. A real credit to your firm. KUDOS!” Michael L.

“I would also like to tell you how happy your firm has made me. Mary handled my claim with care and respect! She listened to my whining and crying; even returned my calls within a day.” Ruthann L.

“Although this may be an overlooked task in today’s business world, I feel that I must bring to your firm’s attention the outstanding service I received by your representatives throughout my claim process.

I am, of course, very delighted to have had the pleasure of retaining your firm in this pursuit and by my experiences with another firm regarding my long term disability, I can safely say that professionalism is evident here while missing in other firms. The professional and courteous attitude, expert knowledge, and patience in handling my specific issues were very important to my complete customer satisfaction.” -Billy G.

[Letter to Carol Ponton]

“I am Linda T. and I have recently received notification of a Fully Favorable Decision on my behalf regarding my case handled by Mary Ersland with help from Shannon and Stephanie. 

I believe you are the head of the firm so I would like to make it clear to you the kind of treatment I received during the last sixteen months. 

As the uninformed client, with myriad questions and zero knowledge of how things work with Social Security, I was probably very annoying in the beginning as I tried to understand my role in the process and to understand the process itself .  But not once was anyone anything other than patient and polite with me.  Mary continually told me that I had a good case and that your firm wouldn’t be representing me if it didn’t think I would win…..she had to do this because of my insecurities.  I am very grateful for her calm and patient explanations throughout the entire sixteen month process.  She was incredible supportive when I was down. 

Some doctors seemed reluctant to give up the information that your firm needed.  It was so helpful to have Mary step in and get the documentation that should have been readily offered.

I completely understand now (after the fact) why my friend (the one who recommended Mary in the first place)told me to just give Mary and her staff every piece of  paper they asked for and “don’t worry – it’s a process – they’ll call you one day and it will be over.”  And, of course, that is exactly (sort of ) what happened.  As I understand it, Social Security seems to have gotten the cart before the horse in my case, sending me a large amount of money before sending me any documentation (no decision letter and no award letter – just money – we were confused but not complaining ;o)) – but Stephanie looked into that and got it all figured out.  Poor thing, I probably drove her crazy, but we are not used to having nearly $50,000 dumped into our bank account without any expalnation.   Stephanie resolved it all in one day and give me instant peace of mind;  Mary called to congratulate me; the Decision letter arrived in our mailbox and in our email (from Mary); and now we only await the actual Medicare card and the Award letter. 

Our lives have changed because of this new status.  Before I struggled to go to doctors who had $50 co-pays – three of these in a week and you can go downhill very fast.  Our insurance costs us $1007.00 per month because of MY preexisting conditions.  To suddenly have the  ability to go to doctors without that great expense is definitely going to change our lives.  We were out of options, having sold our car and buying a cheaper one just to get some money on hand.  My husband and I wish to thank you and your staff very sincerely for working so hard to get this for me.  It has truly changed our lives.  We went from “we just have to hold one til you’re 65″ (four more years!!) to – “you can go to the doctos you need right now.”  I hope you realize and always remember how you can affect a life just by getting that person affordable health care.

I will recommend your firm and Mary in particular every possible chance I get.”

-Linda T.

“It is a great feeling working together with professional people of your category. You are the best of the best.”  -Julio A.

“In these days of mediocrity, it is very refreshing to have outstanding employees. I would like to take the opportunity to give recognition to Mary Ersland for the dedicated time and effort that she has spent on my case. She always did her best with swift and understandable communications with me. I know now where the bar is in regard to professional performance at your firm!” – Garret S.

“Thank you so very much for all your efforts. To have met with us at our mobile home in Florida along with all the guidance you gave us has been beyond the call “of duty.” It will give us a sense of security to have these monies.” -Don & Ann B.

“Thank you and your staff for helping expedite our request for disability. It is really a God-send, and a blessing. We are very grateful.” – Pamela B.

“I chose your law firm based on reputation when I finally accepted the reality that I would never be able to work again because of my disability. It was an emotional time coupled with the many physical challenges that comes with lupus. I first called your office in February 2009 and spoke with Michelle. She was understanding and supportive and after a series of questions, she scheduled an office appointment. I came to your office and found that Michelle was assigned as my case manager. It put me at ease, as much as possible, because of our earlier phone communication. It is often difficult for me to focus but Michelle moved at a pace to help me understand the process and shared all the necessary information. I knew after that visit that I had selected the right law firm and an added bonus was the good fortune of working with Michelle. She is professional, competent, and kind. Throughout the process she communicated with me and kept me updated. I have shared my sincere appreciation with her but I want you to know that she did an exemplary job of handling my case and I am most grateful.” – Mary L.

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your hard work on my case. Without each of you, a favorable decision would not have been possible. I filed twice on my own for benefits and was denied both times. I had all but given up hope until my Neurologist, recommended that I contact you. Even with all the medical records showing that I was disabled it wasn’t enough. Our family has been in such a financial hardship for almost two years, but thanks to your dedication to my case I am receiving benefits. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, a huge weight has finally been lifted.” – Jennifer L.

“I am contacting you regarding my SS Disability case. It has now been completed by the ALJ and the decision was a “Fully Favorable” one. Thank God and especially yourself for all your help with my case. I want you to know that I really appreciate your legal assistance with my case and your team at Hill & Ponton. Especially Ms. Noemi has been great comfort to me during this long, very hard time. I have been through a lot of family trouble and marriage problems due to my disability and finances and have been in tears and called Ms. Noemi and she always made me feel that I will come out on top through all the hard times. She is truly a special lady and has been of great emotional support to me and I want you to know how much that means to me. Thanks again for all you have done for me. I will certainly pass the word and refer your company with the highest regards!”  – Mary M.

“Also, Natalia was so wonderful through this whole process. She not only did her job splendidly, she really helped, reassured, cared, and helped us through a difficult time. I really want to tell someone about her superior work. In fact, I would like to spread the word about your whole office. Where can I send a complimentary letter? The bar association? Local News? Where would it do the most good? I really think people should know. If you could help guide me in this endeavor I would greatly appreciate it.” – Sandy D.

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