If you are applying for social security disability benefits, there is no law that says you must have a lawyer handle your claim. However, there are several reasons you may end up deciding you would like an experienced social security disability attorney handle your case.
Being disabled and incapable of working while waiting for the Social Security Administration to make a decision on your case is very frustrating and difficult. If your Social Security disability claim is denied, you only have a certain amount of time within which to request an appeal, update your medical information and file all required paperwork. If you fail to file your appeal in time, you could be required to start the entire process over, and could even lose your entitlement to certain benefits. Most individuals applying for disability benefits are busy enough dealing with their conditions and medical treatment. They don’t need or want the added stress of having to fill out and submit paperwork in time. Having a lawyer handle your claim helps assure that your appeals will be properly completed and timely filed.
Another reason to consider hiring a disability attorney is that statistics show that those who hire an attorney are more likely to have benefits awarded. There are many reasons for this, including the fact that an experienced disability lawyer is more capable of obtaining valuable medical evidence through the use of Social Security disability forms that are specifically tailored to how the Social Security Administration evaluates claims. It is also true that an experienced lawyer is more likely have had prior hearings in front of the Judge who will be deciding your case and is therefore able to tailor your presentation accordingly.
If your case has to be appealed all the way to a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, a vocational expert will likely be present at your hearing. The vocational expert’s job is to testify about your capacity to engage in work after taking into consideration various factors like your age, education, transferable skills and restrictions. Your lawyer will be given the chance at the hearing to question the vocational expert concerning the vocational and legal basis for their opinions.
One last thing to remember is that our Social Security disability lawyers do not charge any fees unless we win your case. If we do win our fees are only 25% of your past due benefit amount, with a limit set by the Social Security Administration. The current limit is $6,000, which means we charge 25% of your past due benefits or $6,000, whichever is less. Again, if your case is not won or if you do not receive any past due benefits, we do not charge fees.
If you decide you would like to speak with one of our experienced social security disability attorneys, please call our office for a free consultation.