Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income does not have be a complicated process, especially with the help of a professional Social Security Disability Attorney. The Social Security Disability evaluation process, unfortunately, can require multiple steps if the application is denied including: filing the Social Security Disability application, filing the Social Security reconsideration appeal (if the initial application is denied) and requesting a hearing (if the reconsideration is denied).
Most Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) applications will be denied the first time they are submitted to the Social Security Administration. By hiring a SSDI lawyer and understanding the process, applicants can drastically increase the chances that they will eventually receive Social Security Disability benefits. Although most SSDI or SSI lawyers will not complete the Social Security Disability application and submitted it to the Social Security Administration for their clients, they do perform a wide variety of very important actions. Social Security Disability attorneys can do the following:
- If the claimant has been denied the Social Security Disability lawyer can review the initial SSDI or SSI application to ensure it was accurate and complete.
- Gather and review the claimant’s medical information.
- Make sure the Claimant’s most recent medical Information has been sent to the Administrative Law Judge prior to the Claimant’s Hearing date.
- Argue the claimant’s case before the Social Security Administrative Law Judge.
While a Social Security Disability attorney can not guarantee they can get their claimants SSDI or SSI benefits the experience attorneys have gained from the hundreds of Social Security Disability claims they have handled each year can help them determine if a client has a winnable Social Security Disability case. Social Security Disability lawyers understand SSD laws and can evaluate their client’s medical evidence to determine their work limitations.
Most Social Security Disability attorneys take cases on a contingency fee basis which means SSD attorneys do not get paid unless they win their SSD client’s case. This can be great news for SSD claimants, many of whom do not have the extra $150 to $200 per hour which most attorneys charge for legal assistance. Social Security Disability attorneys make every effort to take SSI and SSDI cases they think they can win. Losing a case means the Social Security Disability lawyer may have spent hours or days preparing for a case without making a profit.
How can a claimant help their Social Security Disability lawyer? Claimants must continue to receive medical treatment for their condition and make sure their attorney has all of their medical records. Claimants are responsible for partnering with their Social Security Disability lawyer by answering phone calls and sending all requested information as soon as possible.
Contingency fee contracts can be a great way for claimants who are filing for Social Security Disability benefits to receive competent legal counsel with no up-front costs. Prior to signing any type of contract the claimant should understand exactly what types of services the Social Security Lawyer is providing and how much it will cost. Social Security Disability attorneys who win a Social Security Disability claim may receive up to 25% of the claimant’s past due benefits. This is paid to the Social Security Disability attorney regardless of the amount of work they did for the Social Security Disability claim.
Most Social Security Disability lawyers are hardworking professionals who do their best to get the best results for their clients. Claimants can receive strong legal counsel with little up-front cost, and the Social Security Disability attorney receives a fair payment if they win the claimant’s case. Talk to friends, do adequate research and make sure all fees and expectations are outlined before signing a contract with a Social Security Disability lawyer.