There are times when it is necessary to consider obtaining legal counsel.
Attorneys help when facing a matter of high importance with little
experience. Filing for Social Security Disability is one of those times.
This article gives five reasons you should hire a lawyer when filing for
paperwork and deadlines are confusing and frustrating.
Filling out the forms and meeting the time various deadlines is tedious.
Failing to file forms, records and appeals correctly causes delays and
denials. The complexities involved are not easily recognizable. Sometimes
important documents, such as medical records, will not be considered
unless you provide them. An attorney who knows what records are valuable
assures the important records are filed and prevents you from worrying
about it. The process is frustrating for even experienced practitioners
and can be overwhelming for inexperienced claimants.
The laws and
terminology are hard to understand.
Whether you win your claim hinges on of a complex set of rules. Usually
the rules are subject to interpretation. Trying to research and learn how
these laws impact your claims is a large job. The possible research is too
great to allow further elaboration here. However, like the Internal
Revenue Service, the Administration is a bureaucracy based on volumes
laws. Unlike filing your taxes, filing for disability has implications far
beyond one year.
You need to
focus on your health.
Filing for disability infers that you suffer from serious health problems.
Consider what impact efforts to handle your own case will have on your
health. Your symptoms may worsen and it is unlikely your condition will
improve by filing on your own. It is important that you remain focused on
the most important task, getting well. Speak to your doctors and family
and get their thoughts. The importance of anything deterring your efforts
to improve your health needs strong consideration.
The judicial hearing.
Most claims receive denials at the first two levels. Following these
stages is the hearing stage. The claimant must attend attending a hearing
with an Administrative Law Judge. You also must give sworn testimony and
answer questions from the judge and possibly expert witnesses. It can be
intimidating and uncomfortable. Because it is unfamiliar, claimants find
it difficult to keep their composure and leave feeling they failed to
express themselves adequately. An experienced attorney can be valuable in
insuring that your testimony makes an impact.
The costs are low.
The biggest concern is usually the cost. Understanding the fee agreement
should ease those concerns. The Administration mandates that their
approved contract for fees is the only agreement attorneys can use. An
attorney receives 25% of the retroactive benefits with a maximum fee of
$6000. Unlike a standard agreement found in matters such as personal
injury, the fee agreement in these disability claims caps at $6000.
Additionally, you never pay anything unless there is a successful
resolution of your claim. When carefully considered, this is a good value
for an experienced attorney to handle your entire claim for disability.