How to Choose an Attorney for Your Social Security Disability Case

Getting Social Security disability benefits can be a long and complicated process. You will work with your lawyer and his staff. Before hiring a lawyer, you should do your homework. These steps will help you find a lawyer who will best meet your needs. 1. Get as much information as possible before talking to a lawyer. First, go to his website. Is there helpful information on the website about the process to follow to get Social Security disability benefits? Or is the website just about the lawyer and his law firm? You need an attorney who will share helpful information and educate you about the Social Security disability process. 2. When you call a lawyer’s office, how are you treated? Are these employees in a race or are they treating you like a guest? Are they useful? Are they empathetic? The lawyer sets the tone in the company. How your staff treats you is a good indicator of how a lawyer will treat you.

3. You will meet with the lawyer, either in person or by phone if it is difficult for you to get to the office. Are you given a choice? You should be!

4. When speaking with an attorney, ask about their experience handling Social Security disability issues. How long does he deal with these cases? What percentage of his practice involves a Social Security disability claim? Some lawyers spend only a small percentage of their time on these cases, which makes it difficult for them to make changes in laws and regulations. Additionally, they may not know the judges who ultimately hear and decide these cases. You need an attorney who spends 50% or more of his time on Social Security disability issues.


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5. Ask an attorney what his or her success rate is for Social Security disability claims. No lawyer wins every case and no lawyer can guarantee a specific outcome in your case. Each case is different and must be evaluated on its own facts. You want to ask this question to get the perspective of a lawyer who carefully researched these issues during the process. Social security disability cases are won or lost on medical evidence. Your disability attorney must review the evidence to determine if it can prove that you have a disability. If the evidence does not support the claim, a good disability lawyer will tell you so and will not pursue the matter further unless there is more evidence. You need a lawyer with an 85%+ success rate. 6. Ask the attorney if he has litigation experience. Prosecutors are trained to present evidence, present it in court, and argue in front of a judge or jury. An administrative law judge can hear Social Security disability cases. It is beneficial to have an experienced trial attorney represent you in these cases.

Seven. Ask the attorney if he or she has a medical or nursing background. Social security disability cases are won or lost based on medical evidence and evidence of physical or mental limitations. A lawyer with medical knowledge will understand your disability situation and will be in a better position to develop the evidence and face it in front of the judge.

8. Ask a lawyer how to improve your case. You want to know that your attorney will gather your important medical records during this process, not just before you meet with the judge. In addition, your attorney will collect from your treating physicians specific information about the extent of your disability. Your lawyer will do this using a special disability report and medical questionnaire. These stories will help strengthen your case. If the attorney you’re interviewing won’t do these extra things to gather evidence, you’ll have to keep looking. 9. Ask the attorney why he chose to work on Social Security disability cases. The answer to this question is very revealing. For me, helping clients get their disability benefits is one of the greatest joys of practicing law. I know that my staff and I can make a difference in the lives of our clients. Clients come to my office confused, frustrated, anxious and in pain. We work together throughout the process, and there’s nothing better than calling a client to let them know they’ve been approved for Social Security disability benefits.

ten. Ask a lawyer who will be working on your case. A lawyer should have staff to help you gather your medical records and produce evidence. Social security disability issues are well documented. It is important that there is sufficient staff to obtain, maintain and file all necessary documents.

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