While you do not have to retain an experienced Social Security disability attorney to file a claim for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you will have a much better chance of getting your application approved if you do. Here is how to find the attorney that is best for you.
How to Locate a SSDI Attorney
It can be hard to know how to find a lawyer to help you with your SSDI claim, especially if you have never needed to hire one before. Your first step should be to obtain the names of attorneys who handle this type of case. You can obtain referrals from:
- An attorney who has handled another legal matter for you
- Friends, family, and co-workers
- Someone you know that filed for SSDI benefits
- Local or state bar association referral service
- Internet search
Once you have obtained a few candidates, you should research them. Ways to do this include:
- Check with your state bar association to see if they have any complaints filed against them or were disciplined by the state bar.
- Read reviews of the attorney.
- Look for any certifications, awards, or special training that the lawyer has.
- Browse their website for helpful information about SSDI claims, testimonials from clients, and case results.
What to Look for in a SSDI Attorney
You should schedule interviews with your top two or three choices. Most SSDI lawyers offer a free initial consultation, and you should take advantage of it to get legal advice on your SSDI claim and to determine if the person is the best attorney for you. Here’s what you should look for:
- Experience. You want an attorney who is knowledgeable about the laws and procedures governing SSDI claims and is experienced in handling these cases. You should find out how long they have practiced in this area of the law and how much of their practice is devoted to handling these cases. You should also ask about their track record of success in getting clients’ applications approved and winning appeals.
- Medical knowledge. Your lawyer needs to have an understanding of the medical conditions that qualify a person for disability benefits in order to determine if they are eligible for benefits. This knowledge will also help them review your medical records and diagnostic tests and know how to poke holes in the opinion of the medical expert relied on by the Social Security Administration in deciding your claim.
- Fees. You need to know how much it will cost you to hire an attorney. Most handle these cases on a contingency fee basis where you only owe attorney fees if they win your case.
- Communication. It is important to pick an attorney who will be available to answer your questions and keep you updated on the status of your case. You also want a lawyer who listens to your concerns and explains things in a way you can understand.
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