Studies have shown that individuals who are represented by a lawyer when applying for SSDI benefits are three times more likely to have their disability claim approved.
Whether you’re filing a disability claim, appealing a denied claim, or filing for reconsideration, a qualified disability attorney can help your case in a number of ways.
What happens when I first call a Disability Attorney?
When you first contact an attorney’s office for representation the attorney, or a legal assistant, will conduct an initial interview to collect information about your case and determine if your case is a good fit.
The attorney will ask specific questions to help determine if your disability case has a high likelihood of success. If the case is complicated, the attorney may request more time to review the details before making a determination.
What should I expect if my case is taken on by a Disability Attorney?
Once accepting your case, an attorney will help you to:
- Develop the medical evidence required to support your case (ie. retrieving medical records, doctor recommendations/statements, recommending additional testing).
- Determine how to handle any evidence that could hurt your case, or any other issues that need to be addressed in your application.
- Help you file all application paperwork and prepare you for any questions you are likely to face during a disability hearing.
- Develop a strong case of why you are disabled using their detailed knowledge of social security disability law.
How much is the attorney’s fee?
In most cases, a social security disability lawyer will not charge up-front fees or require a retainer to work on your disability case. Most disability attorneys and advocates will be paid a contingency fee only if they win your case.
This contingency fee is limited to 25% of the past-due benefits you are awarded (up to a maximum of $6,000.00). The Social Security Administration sends the attorney’s percentage of back payments directly to him or her, so you don’t need to worry about making these payments.
In some cases, a disability attorney will have out-of-pocket expenses related to requesting medical records, examinations, work records, etc. These charges are discussed in advance and in most cases are covered by the SSDI applicant.
It is highly recommended to obtain legal counsel to help you with your SSDI claim. The first step is determining if your case is likely to be accepted by a disability attorney.
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