Attorney Rangeley C. Bailey came to Jebaily Law Firm because she wanted to represent people.
After joining the Jebaily Law Firm of Florence in 2003, she has been able to do precisely that. Her practice focuses on clients who need help with Social Security Disability and people that have been injured in car accidents and other injury cases.“I enjoy helping people,” she says. “I enjoy getting to know them and understanding the challenges they face and figuring out the best way to help them.”
Clients with Social Security Disability claims are often in dire situations with little or no income and facing uncertain futures. In assisting them, Bailey strives to provide guidance that extends beyond the sometimes time-consuming process of winning the case.
“It’s not always just their disability case; it’s oftentimes getting them the resources they need,” she says. “There are lots of factors that come into play when people are without income for a length of time. They’re frustrated, they’re angry, they’re scared, and they’re not used to not having any money and having to depend on friends and family.”
Rangeley is an attorney with the Personal Injury Team and is the lead attorney for the Social Security Practice.
Born in Dillon, Bailey received a B.A. in history from Columbia College in 1998, graduating cumlaude. She then entered the University of South Carolina School of Law, where she was a research assistant to Professor David G. Owen. She helped edit his book on Products Liability Law. The book was published by Thomson West in 2005. Bailey is credited in its acknowledgements.
During law school Bailey also clerked for the plaintiff’s law firm of Johnson, Toal&Battiste. After receiving her J.D. in 2001, she spent a year clerking for Judge John Milling in the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court in Chesterfield, Darlington, Marlboro and Dillon counties and also practiced with a civil defense firm.
In her current practice, Bailey estimates that her work is approximately divided evenly between personal-injury and Social Security Disability cases, while she occasionally handles family-law matters.
She recently spoke at the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Convention on “How to Prepare for Your Social Security Hearing.” Prior to that, she spoke at a SC Bar CLE on the “Top 10 Social Security Rulings You Need to Know.”
She is a member of BNI where she serves as Mentor Coordinator, and is a member of Central United Methodist Church.
Representing injured workers means that Bailey must keep up to date on medical development. That is a requirement she particularly enjoys. Her legal work has also sparked her interest in the treatment of cardiovascular disease and led to extensive involvement in the American Heart Association. That association has bestowed numerous volunteer fundraising awards on her.
She’s active in the Florence County Bar Association and has held several offices, culminating in presidency in 2010. She was a Commissioner for the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission.