Why Do I Need a Disability Attorney?
If you decide to hire someone to represent you at your Social Security disability hearing, you should choose either a disability attorney. The good thing is that the person you hire will not be paid unless you win your disability claim; the attorney is paid directly by the Social Security Administration (SSA) out of your back payment benefits.
How Should I Select the Best Disability Lawyer for Me?
How do you determine whether an attorney disability representative is especially suited to handle your Social Security disability or SSI disability case? Simple. Contact a lawyer and ask questions. First and foremost, ask if the lawyer has experience in winning disability claims for your medical condition.
Typically, most lawyers who represent Social Security disability applicants are fairly busy, due to the large number of disability claims moving through the system. For this reason, many claimants share the common complaint of getting meager individualized attention from the attorney who represents them. Despite this reality, you can generally gauge the effectiveness of a potential representative through your initial contacts with their office. Is the representative accessible? Does the representative return your calls? Does the representative sound knowledgeable and experienced in Social Security disability and SSI claims? Also, because you don’t want your hearing scheduled any later than necessary, ask if there are certain days the lawyer’s not available for hearings and whether he or she is taking a significant amount of time off in the next year.