What Are the Benefits of Hiring a Disability Lawyer?
By: Ali R. Baghdadi, Esq.
April 30, 2020
While you are not required to hire a Social Security Disability lawyer, hiring one can improve your chances of a successful claim. The benefits of having one by your side throughout the process can truly make the difference between approval and denial of your claim. While you may be uncertainbecause of financial reasons, it’s important to note that Social Security Disability attorneys do not charge upfront, and only get paid if you win your case.
There are numerous advantages to hiring an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer. Social Security lawyers understand the application process. At this stage of the filing process it’s important to determine whether you have a valid case to receive benefits. A qualified lawyer will help evaluate the strength of your case and can assist you with the initial application. One of the biggest mistakes people make when applying for SSD benefits is simply turning in an incomplete application.
The SSD application process is full of formalities and deadlines that can be hard to stay on top of and thus easy to overlook. There are many deadlines that must be met throughout every step of the process, and if you miss any of them, the Social Security Administration will very likely make you start all over again. Lawyers not only know what is needed for your case, but also when it’s expected, ensuring your claim continues to move along in the process.
One of the biggest benefits of having an attorney on your side may come to light at the reconsideration or appeal stages of a case. It’s not uncommon for initial applications to be denied, but this does not mean your case is over. If your claim is denied, you can appeal the decision, however, this process can be difficult to navigate, and must be completed within a limited amount of time. Your lawyer can ensure your appeal is completed properly and meets the deadline.