Disability lawyer what will they need from me?Unfortunately, due to the high number of disability denials, there are many SSI and SSDI claimants who will need to hire a disability lawyer to win benefits. The good news is if a disability lawyer agrees to accept your disability case they will work on a contingency fee basis and will only be paid if you win your claim. Disability lawyers can evaluate your case for free to determine if they think you have a good case.
Initial meeting with a disability lawyer
Disability lawyers handle cases throughout the United States. They can fly anywhere in the country to appear with you before the administrative law judge. In some cases you may not have a face to face meeting with your lawyer but will correspond with them over the phone until the day of your hearing.
Regardless of the mode of communication, however, there will be certain types of information they need from you to help you with your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) case. If you do have a face to face meeting with your disability lawyer you will need to bring the following information:
- All medical records you have in your possession related to your disability case. If you do not have copies of your medical records this is fine. The disability lawyer will get the information directly from the SSA, who will be responsible for gathering the information from your treating doctors.
- All denial notices and appeal forms from the Social Security Administration. This information will be reviewed by the lawyer so they can determine the reason you have been denied SSDI benefits.
- The names and the addresses of your treating doctors and the dates you received treatment. This could be needed if the lawyer needs to request additional medical information to prove you are disabled.
- The names of all medical facilities you have received treatment within the last three years.
- Employment information, including job descriptions and dates of employment. Disability lawyers may need to collect additional information about your work and the functional requirements needed to perform your current and past work.
- Information about your medications you are taking for your conditions, including the dosage and the prescribing doctor.
When do I hire a disability lawyer?
Although a disability lawyer can help you improve your chances of winning benefits at every stage in the disability process, most claimants do not hire a disability lawyer until they have been denied SSDI benefits.
After you receive your SSDI denial you will have 60 days from the date of your denial letter to file your appeal. Contact a disability lawyer immediately if you need legal help. They will need several weeks to review your case and file the reconsideration, which is the first step in the SSA disability appeals process.
Keep in mind, there are some denials which cannot be appealed. For instance, if you are currently working too many hours or making too much money, if you have a short-term health condition which will not last 12 months, or you do not have enough work credits to qualify for SSDI an appeal will not help your case.