The Disability process is complex and filled with deadlines and rules. Hiring an experienced lawyer who understands Social Security Disability law will protect you from making common Disability mistakes and increase your chances of getting approved during the initial application phase, which is the quickest way to receive benefits.
And while getting legal help from the onset is advisable, most people usually don’t consider securing the services of a lawyer until after their claim has been denied. About 67 percent of people have their claims denied during the initial application phase, which means they are facing an appeals process and, most likely, a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. At this stage of the game, a Disability lawyer will gather necessary medical evidence, prepare you for questioning, ensure you have a full and fair hearing, and present a solid, convincing argument on your behalf.
It’s important to point out that Disability lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means they don’t get paid unless you get a favorable decision. If they win your case, they collect 25 percent of the Disability backpay award or $6,000, whichever is less (their fees are set by the government and are taken directly out of the award, so you’ll pay nothing up-front.) If they don’t win, they don’t get paid a penny.
At some point during the Disability process, most people will ask themselves, “Should I hire a Disability lawyer?” Obviously, this is a personal decision, but the attorneys at McDonald Law Firm would be honored to assist you. Whether you want to file a Social Security Disability application or appeal a denied disability claim, we can help. Call us today at 855-702-9061.