Applying for Disability Benefits?
If you're applying for disability benefits or have already applied and been denied, it's in your best interest to consult a Social Security disability attorney.
Statistics show that disability claimants who are represented by attorneys at the hearing level are twice as likely to be approved as claimants who go to their hearing without legal representation. More than three-quarters of claimants who appeal hire a lawyer to represent them at the hearing.
An experienced attorney knows the requirements for getting approved for your specific medical condition and can arrange for you to take the appropriate medical tests. An attorney will also help you prepare to give testimony at your hearing about your medical condition. You don't have to pay the attorney if you don't win.
In a system in which it can take two years to get a hearing scheduled and the majority of claims are denied, it’s important to make sure your case is in capable hands for the hearing.
Looking for a Lawyer?
At Lawyers.com, you’ll find a user-friendly search tool that allows you to tailor results by area of law and geography. You can also search for attorneys by name. Attorney profiles prominently display contact information, list topics of expertise, and show ratings—by both clients and other legal professionals.
Ready to Meet With a Lawyer?
Before hiring a lawyer or law firm, make sure to speak directly—preferably in person—to the attorney who will be primarily responsible for handling your case. Consider bringing to the conversation a list of questions and any documentation related to your case. Remember that you don’t need to hire the first lawyer you consult.
What to Ask a Lawyer
When gathering your thoughts and documents, think about what you’ll want to ask the lawyer. Consider including on your list questions about:
- the lawyer’s approval rate
- the lawyer’s experience with medical conditions like yours
- the lawyer’s familiarity with local administrative law judges
- who else will work on your case
- who will pay expenses related to your claim
- how long the claim might take, and
- the lawyer’s initial impression of your chances at getting disability benefits.