December 10, 2018

Why do I need a lawyer?

Why you should hire a disability attorney

In many instances, most individuals who have paid into the SSA while they were working are very reluctant to hire an attorney because they feel that they will be paying additional money for the money that they rightfully deserve. Although there are numerous reasons for hiring an experienced disability attorney, the primary reason is because the SSA system can be a difficult one to deal with.

Your attorney is well-versed at several aspects that are critical to your case such as certain ALJ’s or judge’s “buzz words” or language, the ins-and-outs of the system itself, and just a multitude of other tricks of the trade that the layperson is not aware of. Aside from your attorney’s experience and their expertise, they are keenly aware of the different types of arguments and documentation needed to assist you with your case.

SSDI and SSI cases are handled on a “contingency” basis

What this basically means is that you won’t have to pay the attorney anything unless you win your case. In most cases, you will not have to pay any “up-front” money for your attorney. Additionally, contingency fees apply to other types of cases besides SSDI or SSI cases including:

  • personal injury cases
  • worker’s compensation cases
  • other cases involving the collection of money on your behalf

Many attorneys that ask for up-front money and do not operate on a contingency basis will charge you as much as $150 or $200 per hour. How difficult do you think it would be to come up with $2,000 to $3,000 money before your case ever goes to that appeals hearing, especially if you are unable to work and earn an income? Entering into a contingency contract with your disability attorney means that you are both taking the same risk with your case in that if you don’t get paid, neither do they.

Hiring the right disability attorney means everything to you

There are 3 things that you want to consider when setting out to hire the best disability attorney for handling your case. These are what you want to look for:

  1. the amount of experience they have at handling SSDI or SSI cases – look at their years of experience and their track record
  2. being able to choose the right argument for your case – there are three types of arguments (Functional Capacity, Grid Rules, and Listing arguments) and your disability attorney will know which one to use for your case
  3. your peace of mind – nothing is more reassuring than knowing that your case is in very capable hands when representing you in court