You do not have to hire a lawyer for your SSDI case. However, it’s a good idea. A SSDI lawyer can make a huge difference in your case.
SSDI lawyers have a lot of experience with Social Security. They understand how the Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates applications — and why they often deny claims. A disability lawyer provides an insider’s look into SSDI while increasing your chances of approval.
Do You Need a SSDI Lawyer for the Application Process?
Hiring a SSDI lawyer before you send in your application is very smart. Many people assume that the application process is not that complicated. In reality, there is a lot of information, medical records, and paperwork to provide.
Mistakes on SSDI claims are simple to make — and common. It’s best to start on solid ground by having a lawyer review your claim. Even if you don’t get help while filling out the application, we recommend having a lawyer review it before sending it to the SSA.
Why Do You Need a Disability Lawyer?
Having a SSDI lawyer on your side will increase your chances of approval. If you get approval sooner, you will avoid waiting much longer for your benefits.
Your disability lawyer can help by:
- Providing thorough knowledge of the Social Security rules and process
- Gathering necessary information and documentation to support your claim
- Identifying any missing data in your application
- Representing you through the appeal process if the SSA already denied your claim
It’s best if you can have a reliable application from the beginning. Any inconsistencies in your initial claim will remain, which can affect the entire process. Plus, getting a denial will further delay how long it takes to get your benefits.
If the SSA has already denied your claim, having a SSDI lawyer is even more essential. You will need to understand why your application got rejected and how you can fix the issues. A lawyer will know how to help you do just that.
Statistics Show a Benefit
According to data on Social Security cases, those with a lawyer are more likely to get approval. This information makes sense because an experienced attorney will have more hands-on knowledge about SSDI.
How Can a SSDI Lawyer Benefit Your Case?
An experienced lawyer can help you in many different ways. First, they can evaluate your initial application to ensure it’s complete. Your lawyer can offer advice on proving your diagnosis and determining your established onset date (EOD).
A SSDI lawyer will know what’s most persuasive to the SSA when they evaluate your case. You can potentially avoid many of the mistakes applicants make when completing an application without a lawyer.
Helping with Your Appeal
SSDI denials are common. After you submit your claim, the SSA will send you a letter with their decision. If you get a rejection, you can request an appeal. At this point, a lawyer can be invaluable.
A SSDI lawyer can help by:
- Gathering crucial medical evidence about your condition
- Speaking with your doctor to get their opinion on your disability
- Preparing you for the appeal hearing with an administrative law judge
- Working with witnesses or experts to support your claim
If your claim gets to the Appeals Council or federal court stage, your SSDI lawyer will prepare you for the hearings. They can start building strong arguments to show that you deserve your disability benefits.
How Soon Should You Contact a SSDI Lawyer?
It’s never too early to work with a SSDI lawyer. If you find the process overwhelming at all, we encourage you to schedule a consultation. You can contact an attorney even if you’re thinking about filing a claim but haven’t yet.
You are more likely to get approval if you work with a legal professional. Your SSDI lawyer can determine your case’s strength, help you with your application, and assist with any appeals.
If you’re asking the above question after a denial, the answer is, “as soon as possible.” A denial often means there is something that you need to improve with your application. In some cases, it could mean a clerical error from Social Security. Either way, your lawyer will know how to address the issue and fight for the approval you deserve.
How Much Does a SSDI Lawyer Cost?
Usually, hiring a SSDI lawyer is virtually risk-free. Your lawyer cannot receive payment unless they win you benefits. A win for them is a win for you — and vise versa.
You can begin working with your lawyer free of upfront or out-of-pocket costs. If your lawyer wins your case, their fee comes out of whatever you win. If you get approval early on, the price will typically be minimal. Additionally, a SSDI lawyer cannot legally charge over 25% of back payments.
Talk to an Experienced SSDI Lawyer for Free Today
Are you wondering if you need a SSDI lawyer? John Foy & Associates can evaluate your case and give you an honest answer. With over 20 years of experience, we know what it takes to work on Social Security cases.
Contact us today to discuss your options during a FREE consultation. There is no obligation to you at any time. We’ll answer your questions so that you know what’s best for you. We also never charge a fee unless we win your case.
To get your FREE, no-risk consultation, call (404) 400-4000, or contact us online today.