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3 Benefits Of Hiring An Attorney When Filing A Social Security Disability Claim

by Seth Beck

Living with a chronic illness, condition, or injury can make it impossible for a person to hold down a job and work full time hours. Many families cannot make ends meet when one adult is unable to work, especially if there are medical bills to be paid. Social Security disability benefits were designed to assist the Americans who are in this position by providing supplemental income each month. Disability benefits typically depend on how long you have worked and how much money you have paid into Social Security over the years. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to get approved for disability benefits even if you meet the eligibility requirements. If you are planning on filing for disability benefits, continue reading to learn about the benefits of working with a Social Security disability attorney.

No Upfront Costs for You

Lawyers who specialize in working on disability cases are typically paid on contingency, meaning that you do not have to pay them any money upfront. Instead, your lawyer will be paid a portion of your disability back pay. There are rules and regulations regarding the payment structure for Social Security lawyers; in general your lawyer will collect 25% of your back pay, or $6,000 (which ever amount is less). If your case is not successfully resolved, you are not obligated to pay anything.

Case Development

Being approved for Social Security disability benefits involves a lot more than just filling out a form and sending it it. The process can be quite complex, and a strong case has to be developed to show that you are incapable of working before benefits will be granted. Most people without experience in disability claims do not provide sufficient evidence, and thus their claim is denied. When you work with a disability attorney, you can rest assured that he or she will make your case as strong as possible.

Knowledge of the Process

The process of getting a Social Security disability claim approved can be long and arduous. Approximately 70% of initial disability claims are denied; some people who are trying to get benefits without legal representation re-apply for disability after a denial, which is a mistake. A good disability lawyer will be able to assist you through the appeal process, which gives you a much greater chance of having your claim be approved. There are numerous deadlines and required documentation required when you file an appeal of your denial of disability benefits, but an attorney from a firm like Banik & Renner will understand the process and ensure that everything is prepared properly and submitted on time.