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Why hire a SSDI attorney to get benefits I deserve?

It’s one of the most common questions: If you have earned Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and you are really disabled and unable to work, why would you ever need to hire a SSDI attorney to get the benefits you deserve?

Unfortunately, there are millions of applicants who apply for disability benefits each year and up to 70% of them are denied. Hiring a SSDI attorney will improve your chances of winning disability benefits at every step in the disability process. Hiring a SSDI attorney tells the Social Security Administration (SSA) that you are serious about getting help.

What does a SSDI attorney do?


Most applicants do not hire a SSDI attorney until they have been denied benefits the first time. You can hire a lawyer before you apply, but they generally will not help you complete the application so you could end up paying them for doing very little work.

If your first SSDI application is denied, a lawyer can help. Not only can they help complete the appeal paperwork, they can also review your application and provide additional information to improve your case.

Remember, you will only have 60 days from the date of the denial letter to complete the appeal paperwork. Do not wait to contact a SSDI attorney. They will generally need 3 to 4 weeks to review your case and complete the reconsideration paperwork. If you wait too long you will have to make the appeal on your own.

How much will a SSDI attorney cost?


Disability lawyers are only paid if you win your case. They are paid 25% of your back pay, up to a maximum of $6,000. If they do not win your case, they are not paid. The payment amount is established by law and is paid by the SSA from your back pay prior to the SSA sending you the money.

Hiring a disability lawyer for the hearing


Claimants who have not hired a lawyer prior to the disability hearing may want to consider hiring one when they request their hearing. The hearing is your best chance to win benefits. Unless you understand exactly what you need to prove at the hearing it is best not to go at it alone.

A lawyer can present evidence to prove your have a serious condition, it will last 12 continuous months, and you cannot work any other type of job. Proving you cannot retrain for work can be one of the toughest elements of your case, but disability lawyers understand the laws and what evidence they need to present to the court to win your case.

Denied at the disability administrative hearing


If you are denied at the hearing you can make one last appeal within the SSA disability appeals process. The final appeal is to the Appeal’s Council. Unfortunately, the Appeal’s Council may choose not to hear your case, and even if they do hear it, they are unlikely to overturn the administrative judge’s decision.