While plenty of people attempt to get Social Security Disability Benefits on their own, working with an attorney brings many major advantages.
1) The average case takes 1-2 years to complete. An attorney knows how to streamline the process and guide you every step of the way. Good disability attorneys help fill out initial applications, provide guidance in completing necessary forms, remind clients of important deadlines and appointments, and advise them on the legal affects their choices may have on Social Security Disability cases.
2) An attorney knows what types of evidence applicants need to prove disability. He or she will review your case, and advise you on how to increase your chances of winning; such as getting the appropriate types of medical testing, receiving proper medical treatment, obtaining evidence from past jobs, and acquiring medical opinions from your treating doctors.
3) Approximately 80% of all cases are denied at the initial application level. When initial applications are denied, applicants have the right to appeal. An attorney will strengthen your chances for a successful appeal by telling you what to expect during your hearing, helping you prepare your testimony.
Your attorney will act as your personal advocate; protecting your interests, speaking on your behalf, and making sure the judge’s attention is directed to the important evidence. An attorney helps to ensure the judge hears the most important parts of your story, and receive a fair hearing.
Additionally, there are usually experts who testify at hearings upon request of the judge, including Medical Experts and Vocational Experts (experts on job loss). Only the judge will ask these experts questions, and there will be no one to cross-examine them, unless you have an attorney.
4) Some companies offer representation to individuals in their Social Security disability cases, but many of these companies will not have an attorney represent you at your hearing. Instead, they may provide an employee of that company who may or may not have any type of legal training.
Social Security disability cases involve very technical legal rules – especially during the hearing and appeals processes. Because attorneys are specially trained to understand how certain types of legal rules work together, they may better represent you in your case than a non-attorney representative.
5) Almost all attorneys work on a contingency fee basis for Social Security disability cases. This means that you only have to pay if you win your case. If you do not win, you will not owe your attorney any fee.
McDivitt Law Firm has a team of experienced Social Security Disability attorneys available to you. The initial consultation is free, so please call us today at 1-877-846-4878, or click here to fill out a free consultation form.