When Should I Hire a Social Security Disability Lawyer?
Social Security Disability (SSD) is a program that gives monthly payments to people who have become disabled before retirement age, and are not able to work. If you have recently become disabled and are considering applying for SSD, you have probably wondered if you need a social security disability lawyer. The short answer is yes.
You should contact a social security disability lawyer as soon as you start considering applying for SSD. Consultations are always free and require no obligation. As an added level of assurance, federal law regulates the fees paid to disability lawyers, so you will know upfront the maximum that you would be required to pay a lawyer, should you hire them.
Benefits of a Social Security Disability Lawyer
When contacting a lawyer, the earlier the better when it comes to social security disability. Here are a few ways a social security disability lawyer can strengthen your case:
- Your chances of being approved are significantly increased. Statistics show that Social Security is more likely to approve someone who is represented by legal counsel.
- Attorneys understand how to present the case in the most favorable light.
- An attorney can attempt to expedite an SSD case, which typically takes months or years to be resolved – especially if your situation is dire or medical condition is terminal.
- An attorney can help you be properly prepared for a hearing if your case progresses to that step.
- An attorney can request an “on-the-record” decision, which could allow you to be approved for benefits without a hearing.
- If your application is denied, an SSD lawyer can navigate the appeals process and craft a sophisticated argument of why your case was wrongly denied.
The only time you should wait to hire a social security disability lawyer is if you’ve already submitted your initial application and are awaiting a response. An attorney wouldn’t be able to do much at this point, however if you receive a denial, you should certainly contact a lawyer to help appeal the decision.
Contact Rainwater, Holt & Sexton in you’re located in Arkansas and are considering filing for social security disability.