Did you know that hiring an SSI Lawyer to help with your appeal can increase your chances of being approved by double?
How? Why? Does it matter that much to retain a great SSI lawyer?
Reasons to Hire an SSI Lawyer
The process of applying for SSI can take anywhere from one month to three years (Initial decision through any appeals if needed). Having someone to help you at any point during the process will make it less stressful and ensure you meet deadlines and guidelines. Missed deadlines are one of the big reasons disability claims end up getting denied in the first place.
In addition to helping you to meet all deadlines, even the ones you did not know existed, SSI Lawyers should be able to access medical evidence, employment records, and all the other parts of your life that go into making an airtight case for the benefits you rate. The goal is always to present the best case that demonstrates you meet the Social Security Administration’s official disability definition.
Your attorney will also spend time preparing you for questions you may come to face when in an appeals hearing, such as:
- Describe your symptoms?
- Are you currently seeing a physician for your disability?
- When were you unable to continue work?
- Are you still able to take care of personal hygiene?
- How long can you be physically active before needing to rest?
This is a very brief overview; for a more in-depth discussion on SSI Appeals, and the steps necessary to win them.
You might also want to read: “Your Odds, Getting Your Social Security Claim Approved”
Cost of a Disability Lawyer
There are little to no out-of-pocket fees to hire SSI lawyers! Disability lawyer fees are paid out of your back pay for your benefits and are limited to 25% (up to $6000). You will be asked to sign a contingency fee agreement stating that they will only get paid if you receive disability benefits. Any out-of-pocket fees you pay will be from medical record requests, any copies, and sometimes postage. Be sure to ask upfront, what out-of-pocket fees you may have and if you need to pay them before or after they close your case.