The old adage why pay somebody to do what I can do myself comes to mind when it comes to finding a disability attorney. After all don’t I just go to Social Security take ten minutes to fill out their application then start getting money? Unfortunately, it is not that simple.
Disability Attorneys Can Help You Get Approved
Unless you have talked to someone who has actually been through the process, you may not know that getting onto disability benefits is extremely difficult. In essence you must prove that you are not able to work under any circumstances. Less than 8% of applicants are approved on the initial application. For most applicants, you must apply, appeal, appeal again, and finally go before an administrative law judge to determine if you are eligible. Some judges will see you without an disability attorney but most prefer that you have an attorney present and some even require it. Hiring a disability lawyer can help you navigate through the complex system as well as build your case so you have the best possible chances.
Disability Attorneys Can Help You Get Approved Quicker
In most cases a disability application can take anywhere from 6 months to several years before finally being approved. Social Security is extremely back logged which means that every time you submit anything to them it is likely several months before somebody will even look at it. As you can imagine one single error in your paperwork can add months to your waiting period. This is where having a disability attorney can help. Not only will they make sure your paperwork is filed correctly, they will also regularly check with Social Security to make sure your application is progressing as it should. In some circumstances they can file dire needs requests to help get you approved quicker.
Disability Attorneys Can Take Out Much of the Stress of Applying For Disability
Anybody who has been through the process alone can tell you how stressful the process can be. You got your decision you were turned down. You read the instructions on how to file an appeal, they aren’t super clear and you do not know if you did it correctly. You file the appeal then you don’t hear anything back from Social Security and it’s been four months. Did you file everything you needed to? Did they even get it?
This is where hiring an experienced disability attorney can make all the difference. We will keep you up to date on the entire process as well as make sure everything is filed correctly. You will have peace of mind knowing your case is in good hands.
How Much Does All Of This Cost?
Often when you hear the word lawyer the dollar signs pop up in front of your eyes and your knee jerk reaction is that there is no way you can afford to hire one. Luckily disability attorneys work differently. There is $0 up front and we only take a fee if we are able to get you not only approved but approved for back pay as well. If you are approved our fee is 25% of the back pay up to $6,000. This is Social Security’s mandated fee for all attorneys so every office is the same. Pick up your phone today for your free consultation to see what you may qualify for.