Need For A Disability Lawyer Or A Social Security Disability Attorney


It is a good idea to have a disability lawyer or a social security disability attorney to represent you while filing SSI claims or appeals. These professionals have considerable experience of processing, developing and representing claims for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits.

Once a person is unable to work and decides to apply for Social Security Disability, the initial step is to file a claim by contacting the Social Security Administration. The claim requires that the disabled person provide information such as the time from which the person has become disabled, nature of disability, the name, address and phone number of the doctors, hospital or clinic where the patient was admitted for treatment. All that a person requires to do is to go to the local office of the Social Security Administration to file the claim. In case help is required then the disabled person can call (1-800-772-1213) for assistance.

Why then is it necessary or advisable to consider retaining a specialist in Social Security Disability such as a disability lawyer or a social security disability attorney. The second question that may arise is, whether the advocate is required at the beginning stage of the disability application process or when the application is denied and an appeal has to be made.

It is true that traditionally attorneys have not become involved until the claimant has actually been denied benefits. This is because many claimants who are disabled beyond doubt believe that they do not need to pay an attorney’s fee and could obtain disability benefits on their own. Many attorneys also believe that collecting a fee at the intial stages would be unfair to the client.

Things are changing now, in general, attorneys prefer early involvement because the issues can be identified and dealt with at an early stage and any complications and delays be avoided. Since attorneys are paid in terms of a percent of back benefits that may typically be around 25%, the attorney fee paid on an early win will translate into rather modest amounts.

Claimants are therefore advised to begin looking for a good counsel by interviewing prospective lawyers at the time of filing the initial application. Even in such cases where social security benefits have not been denied, one may find retaining an attorney makes sense.