How to Choose a Social Security Disability Lawyer
A Social Security disability lawyer can help you file a successful disability claim. There are several benefits to hiring an attorney. A complex labyrinth of rules and regulations governs the Social Security Administration’s disability benefits programs, and these can be difficult to navigate.
If you file a claim on your own, you may make mistakes that could actually impact your case by leading to a claim denial.
- Missing a deadline
- Filing the wrong papers
- Failing to obtain the right medical records
An attorney can help avoid these mistakes. Learn how to find a lawyer who is familiar with Social Security disability law and can help you file a claim to recover benefits to which you’re entitled.
First Steps to Find the Right Social Security Disability Lawyer
Choosing a lawyer is not just a matter of looking for any listing you find online, but rather requires weighing a lawyer’s experience, track record, and other qualifications. You might start by asking friends and family members, but also consider online resources as well.
Make sure the lawyer handles the type of disability claim that you wish to file. For example, if you’re looking to file for Social Security disability, but the attorney only handles veterans’ disability claims, consider looking elsewhere. It’s important to have a familiarity with the application, hearing and appeals process specific to the type of disability claim you’re filing.
Ask a Potential Social Security Disability Lawyer the Right Questions
Make sure that when you meet with lawyers or otherwise communicate with them, you ask plenty of questions. This will help you assess the attorney’s qualifications and suitability for your case.
The following questions can help you zero in on an attorney.
- Do you have experience with Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims? Make sure the lawyer is familiar with your type of case and can explain your eligibility for either program.
- What is your track record with SSDI and/or SSI claims? Inquire about past successes and consider testimonials from other clients.
- Who will handle my case, you or another lawyer? Know with whom you will be working and who will handle your case.
- What are your fees? Make sure you understand the fee structure. Social Security has a pretty specific fee structure that limits how much an attorney can recover for providing legal services.
- How will you communicate with my regarding my case? Make sure you will receive regular updates about your case and can get information about it when you need it.
These are just some of the basic questions to help you select a lawyer. Write down any questions specific to your case so you don’t forget them. Common case-specific questions involve the type of disability you have and qualification for either SSDI or SSI based on your age, work history, income, and assets.
Hiring an Attorney vs. Hiring a Non-lawyer Representative
You can hire lawyers or nonlawyer representatives to file your Social Security disability claims. Non-lawyer representatives are not licensed attorneys. Having a licensed Social Security disability lawyer may be especially beneficial in the latter stages of the appeals process, such as if the case gets to the Appeals Council or you must file a lawsuit to recover benefits. So consider the benefits of having an attorney help you right from the start.
Set Up a Consultation with Social Security Disability Lawyer Rob Levine
Discuss your claim with the “Heavy Hitter ®,” Social Security disability attorney Rob Levine. Call 1-866-LAW-SSDI to set up a consultation, or fill out the online contact form to schedule your appointment. We assist clients in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.