Disability Appeals in North Carolina   -   33 Years Experience
David R. Paletta
Disability Attorney

Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Boone
North Carolina

(919) 491-5643

Dedicated to helping disabled individuals obtain
Social Security disability benefits in North Carolina

Two of my heroes are Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.   It is not a coincidence that both these men were lawyers.  I believe Mandela expressed a profound truth when he wrote

What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived.  
It is what difference we have made to the lives of others
that will determine the significance of the life we lead.

The practice of law has a lot to offer those who are motivated by altruistic goals.  There is no shortage of injustice and suffering around us.  A law degree can be an effective tool to fight injustice and lessen suffering. 

Even though we may not be destined to be a Gandhi or Mandela, each lawyer has the potential to make a positive impact on the lives of others, to stand up for justice, to lesson suffering, one person at a time. 

This is what practicing Social Security disability law means to me.  It represents an opportunity to serve a higher purpose than myself and to make a positive difference in the lives of others.  

Our days on this planet are limited.  I believe that when my Journey comes to an end it will not matter how much wealth I have acquired.  Instead, what will be most important is the number of souls I have touched with compassion and kindness.

Disability Law Experience

Mr. Paletta graduated cum laude from Duke University in 1976 with a degree in economics.  He obtained a law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill in 1980. Over the past 34 years, Mr. Paletta has successfully represented hundreds of disabled individuals in their efforts to obtain Social Security disability benefits.  These cases have covered a vast spectrum of medical problems, including:

 Anxiety Disorders
 Eye Injuries  Neurofibromatosis Type 2
 Back Injuries  Fibromyalgia
 Neurological Disorders
 Behcet's Disease  Gastroparesis  Osteoarthritis
 Bipolar Disorder  Hip injuries  Pancreatitis
 Brain Injuries  Kidney Disease  Panic Disorder
 Cardiovascular Disease  Knee Injuries
 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
 Carpal Tunnel Syndrome  Learning Impairments  Rheumatoid Arthritis
 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome  Liver Disease  Schizophrenia
 Somatoform Disorders
 Crohn's Disease  McArdle’s Disease
 Spasmodic Torticollis
 Degenerative Disc Disease  Migraine Headaches  Traumatic Injuries
 Depression  Multiple Sclerosis  Vestibular Dysfunction
 Diabetes  Myofascial Pain Syndrome
 Emphysema  Nerve Damage  

Most of these cases have been at the Hearing level before an Administrative Law Judge. However, Mr. Paletta has also represented disabled clients before the Social Security Appeals Council, the United States District Court, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.


This web site is designed for general information only. The information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice. You should speak directly with an attorney concerning your specific situation. You are invited to contact Mr. Paletta for more information. However, contacting us via phone, email, or mail does not create an attorney - client relationship. Please be mindful that all legal claims have time deadlines. Your attorney needs time to evaluate the relevant facts. It is the policy of Mr. Paletta to have a written Agreement with all clients that specifies the terms of legal representation and that creates an attorney - client relationship.