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.