How does a Social Security disability lawyer work?

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How does a Social Security disability lawyer work?

Social Security attorneys work “on contingency,” which means that they collect a fee only if they win your disability claim. Whether you are applying for SSDI (Social Security disability) or SSI (Supplemental Security Income), a lawyer will work on your case without making you pay until the end of the case.

Q. How long does it take for a lawyer to get your disability?

The process can take anywhere from one month to three years, depending on where you live and the complexity of your case. It typically takes up to six months to receive a decision when you initially apply for disability.

Q. How much can an attorney charge for Social Security disability?

First, the basics: Federal law generally limits the fees charged by Social Security disability attorneys to 25% of your backpay, or $6,000, whichever is lower. Back payments are benefits that accrued while you were waiting for Social Security to approve your case.

Q. Why do I need a lawyer for Social Security disability?

A lawyer or advocate can fill out the SSDI or SSI application on your behalf and help gather medical records and other evidence for your claim. They can review your application for mistakes or omissions that could hurt your chances of success and can join you for meetings or conferences with Social Security officials.

Q. How can I Win my Social Security disability case?

Your disability lawyer will determine the best way to win your case. First, your lawyer will review your denial letter from Social Security to get the agency’s reasons it denied your claim so that these issues can be resolved in your favor.

Q. Can a disability attorney meet you in person?

Most disability attorneys speak with their clients by phone, but you can ask your attorney to meet you in person if you wish. Before your pre-hearing meeting or phone conference, your attorney will have reviewed your file and determined what issues still need to be addressed.

Q. Do you need an attorney to file a SSI claim?

You will be required to submit extensive documentation to the SSA, and determining which information is required for your claim can be a difficult process. An attorney can help ensure your claim satisfies the SSA’s requirements, which can help expedite the application process.

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