Why Hire a Social Security Disability Lawyer?

Why Hire a Social Security Disability Lawyer

If you or someone you know is suffering from a disability that will last more than one year and keeps you or your loved one from working, you may be entitled to Social Security disability (SSD) benefits.

Even if your condition is considered a disability by the Social Security Administration (SSA), it is a lengthy and time-consuming process to go through the application and work toward getting an approval. Because so much goes into this and there are so many intricate parts that can make or break your claim, it’s in your best interest to hire a lawyer who specializes in Social Security disbaility cases. A Social Security attorney or advocate such as these understand what is necessary to get an approval from medical records to letters of recommendation and what to say on your application.

Why Hire a Social Security Disability Lawyer?

Background knowledge: The truth is that most people filing Social Security disability claims on their own don’t really know how to go through this process properly and prepare themselves for a hearing. However, an attorney, on the other hand, has full background knowledge and a high level of understanding with the rules and regulations of the SSA. In a lot of cases, the advocate will have years of previous experience and will know how to argue for specific conditions and cases. Social Security disability attorneys will also have a deeper understanding of the SSA Blue Book, which lists what conditions are considered for disability benefits.

Motivation: Social Security disability lawyers get paid on contingency, so in addition to having a vested interest in getting your claim approved, they also have a stake in receiving their paycheck. Because of these two reasons, they are highly motivated to do everything they can to help you win, including finding all of the necessary medical records, test results, doctors’ statements and other paperwork and information. The fees that Social Security disability lawyers receive are regulated by the government and only are due from a portion of your back-pay if you win.  Your legal representative will not take money from your monthly benefits checks.

Better chance at receiving backpay: Another reason it’s in your best interest to hire a lawyer is that they can better argue for your onset date. This is the date that you claim your disability and inability to work began, and it also determines how much backpay you will receive. Being able to prove the earliest possible onset date is, therefore, of great importance, especially if you’ve been out of work for a while and need that backpay money.

Help to avoid the appeals process: If the initial claim gets denied – and 60 percent of people who file on their own get denied at first – the whole appeals process takes even more time and it will take longer for you to receive your Social Security disability benefits should you get an approval down the line. It’s also important to note that you can only go through the appeals steps three or four times before you must begin the whole process again. In order to avoid this time-consuming loop, it’s best to hire a Social Security disability lawyer from the start who can best direct you toward an approval based on your initial application.

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