If you’re applying for Social Security Disability benefits, do you really need an attorney’s assistance?
While there’s no requirement to have an attorney when you file your claim, it could be the best investment you can make. Here’s why:
You have nothing to lose
When you’re disabled and unable to work, you’re in a precarious financial situation. That makes the idea of hiring an attorney sound almost impossible. However, Social Security Disability attorneys cannot, by law, collect a fee until you win your case. Then, the amount they can charge is limited to a portion of your past-due benefits. This means there is no financial risk to you whatsoever for filing a claim.
You have — literally — everything to gain
A Social Security Disability attorney understands how information about your medical condition needs to be submitted in order to fit the narrow criteria the government uses to define disability. If the information isn’t presented in exactly the right way, it’s very easy for disability examiners to overlook important information and deny a claim.
If your claim is incorrectly denied and you eventually have to start waiting on a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), you face an extended wait — during which you won’t have access to either the financial or medical benefits of Social Security. Right now, the average wait time to present a case to the ALJ at a hearing is 535 days.
You owe it to yourself and your family to do everything in your power to move your claim through the Social Security Administration’s system and secure an approval. Our attorneys will sit down with you, discuss your case, look for weaknesses in your claim and help you overcome them. For more information, contact our office today.