Have you submitted a disability benefits claim and are waiting to hear whether or not it’s been approved? Unfortunately, the odds are stacked against you. Only 23% of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims are approved at the initial application stage. Sometimes, even less if you did not use a
Of course, you can always appeal a denial of disability, but even then, you’re facing an uphill battle. The total number of approvals, whether initially or upon appeal, is only about 34% of all claims filed.
Is there a way to improve your chances of receiving disability benefits? Luckily, the answer is yes. You can hire a disability lawyer to help you navigate this complex process.
A Successful Disability Lawyer Has Medical Knowledge
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) cases are particularly tricky because they require an in-depth understanding of medical conditions that can interfere with a person’s ability to perform their job duties. Therefore, the lawyer that you choose must be experienced in the specialty of disability law.
You are most likely not going to get the results you are looking for if you hire your tax lawyer to tackle your disability case. Look for a law firm whose lawyers have experience litigating medical-related cases. Ask them how many disability cases they have handled and if they have
A Successful Disability Lawyer Understands the Law
This statement should go without saying, but the complexity of disability cases means that
In all disability situations, your lawyer will be seeking to demonstrate one, or all, of the following:
- your medical condition meets the criteria of a condition that is among those described by the Social Security Administration (aka a “disability listing“)
- you cannot perform your previous work in accordance with Social Security’s “grid” system, which classifies exertion associated with job duties
- you cannot work even a sedentary position
- you have limitations that aren’t covered by the grid but impact your ability to perform a job
An Experienced Disability Lawyer Will Be Choosy About Cases
Lawyers who specialize in disability claim appeals cannot charge clients an upfront fee or retainer.
Instead, they receive compensation on contingency. Once your appeal has been approved, and you have been awarded a sum of back pay from the Social Security Administration, your lawyer’s fees will
Not having to pay any amount upfront is a massive bonus for clients who may already be struggling financially due to their disability. It means you can afford excellent representation – and you can be awarded your disability benefits even within our challenging disability system!
It also means that if a lawyer takes on your case, they are also taking on the risk of not achieving a favorable outcome. It is in everyone’s interest to work hard for you.