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SSDI: Why Do I Need a Lawyer for My Appeal?

Statistically, most Social Security Disability claims are denied the first time, whether or not the applicant has a lawyer. 

Once a claim has been denied, the next step in the process is for you to attend a hearing in front of an administrative law judge. Having a disability attorney with you during this process can help you win your claim. While no lawyer can guarantee that you will win, having a disability lawyer can insure that your case is properly developed prior to the hearing.

A disability lawyer will do the following for you:

  • Request the medical records needed to win your claim and submit them to the Social Security Administration (SSA) before the hearing.
  • Review your medical records to determine whether you need additional testing.
  • Ask doctors for supportive statements about your limitations.
  • Use their knowledge of SSA rules and regulations to help the process.


Disability attorneys only get paid if you win your case. This is called a contingency fee. So they will do many things to ensure that you have a winning case. The fee is limited to 25% of the past-due benefits you are awarded, up to a maximum of $6,000. If no past-due benefits are awarded, the attorney will not receive a fee.

If you need help with your disability appeal, call us today at 816-842-7100 to speak with an attorney. Or you can click here to email us and schedule your free consultation. 


Jason C. Amerine
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