What is the most common disability mistake?

Because the majority of appeals are granted at a hearing, failing to appeal a denial to the hearing level is the number one error … and unfortunately very common. More detailed information on these and other common claimant questions is available in the library below.

2019-10-01T07:20:26+05:00September 26th, 2019|Categories: FAQs, Law Library|

What are disability hearings like?

They are private, held in a small conference room, and last an hour or so. You will be asked about your education, training, work experience, symptoms, limitations, and daily activities.

2019-10-01T07:21:29+05:00September 26th, 2019|Categories: FAQs, Law Library|

How much will representation cost?

The typical fee is 25% of back benefits, up to a maximum set by the Commissioner of Social Security, which is currently $6,000. Sometimes, though, when appeals beyond the ALJ hearing level are involved, the fee is more.

2019-10-01T07:24:09+05:00September 26th, 2019|Categories: FAQs, Law Library|

What does a disability attorney do?

The big-picture answer is: analyze what needs to be proven to win benefits, figure out how to prove it, gather the necessary evidence, assist with appeals at every level, and correspond with the SSA on your claim.Some of the specific tasks are:Obtain reports from treating doctors that are consistent with Social Security regulationsRefer claimants to specialists for [...]

2019-10-23T07:37:59+05:00September 26th, 2019|Categories: FAQs, Law Library|

When do you suggest I hire a lawyer?

Most claimants wait until their claims are denied on reconsideration before hiring a lawyer. Most observers agree this timing works well because it is at a hearing that having a lawyer truly makes a difference.

2019-10-01T07:19:25+05:00September 26th, 2019|Categories: FAQs, Law Library|

Should I use an attorney to help me apply?

Not unless there is something really unusual about your case. In fact, the process is simple and SSA will usually not let anyone else file your application for you. Call SSA at 800-772-1213 or visit www.socialsecurity.gov/applyfordisability/adult.htm.

2019-10-01T07:22:30+05:00September 26th, 2019|Categories: FAQs, Law Library|
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