Social Security Disability Lawyers & Attorneys - Helping to Get Your Disability Benefits
It is unfortunate how many people who have legitimate claims for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Disability Benefits are denied. Once a person is denied, the Social Security Administration has set up an often confusing and complicated system of appeal, which appears easy to navigate on your own.
Be aware, this is not easy do this by yourself, with a non-attorney, or an inexperienced attorney. There are many deadlines in which to file appeals and you may be asked to fill out forms, and collect and submit medical records in order to prove your disability. If your claim goes to a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge, you may have to cross-examine doctors and vocational experts hired by the government to testify in your case.
To become certified Social Security Disability Attorneys, a lawyer must pass all the requirements of the National Board of Social Security Disability Advocacy. All certified Social Security Disability Lawyers must be in "good standing" with a "period of practice" in the area. They must also show "substantial involvement" in the practice of Social Security Disability law.
A Board Certified Social Security Disability Lawyer can be your first step to getting the benefits to which you are rightfully entitled. Social Security Disability Lawyers can help guide you through the process, including the appeals process and being present at your hearing. CERTIFIED Social Security Disability Attorneys may be able to obtain special reports or submit specific questions to doctors to help you finally have success with getting your benefits awarded. After you have filed your initial claim and have been denied, do not delay any further but seek advice from qualified, determined, and BOARD CERTIFIED Social Security Disability Lawyers. When you start your searchund for an attorney, keep the following questions in mind:
- How long has the attorney represented Claimants in Social Security Disability Claims?
- How many hearings has the attorney appeared as Counsel for a Claimant?
- Are they familiar with the Judges in the area?
- Do they handle appeals after a denial with an Administrative Law Judge?
- Will I be represented by a Board Certified Attorney at my hearing?
Many law firms that represent themselves as experienced representatives may not actually be Board Certified Social Security Disability Attorneys. If you have been supplied representation by your Long Term Disability (LTD) Insurance carrier, they may not be Board Certified attorneys. In most cases involving LTD claims, you have the right to obtain you own legal representation for handling your Social Security Disability claim.
Fees for legal representation in these cases are set by the Social Security Administration. It will not cost you more to have a Board Certified Social Security Disability Lawyer representing you.
In order to assist your Board Certified Social Security Disability Lawyer, please have as much information available when you call. Try to have a copy of your last denial, a list of the doctorsor hospitals where you have been treated, information about your work history, and a list of your medications. You should keep track of and attend all of your appointments with doctors, therapists, and other medical team members, as well as taking all your prescribed medications as instructed.