Post by: Eric Jones | Posted Date: February 12th, 2014 | Categories: Social Security Disability
Hiring an attorney to represent you when you apply for Social Security disability benefits isn’t a requirement. However, it is advantageous to have an attorney versed in Social Security disability laws by your side, as the process of applying for disability benefits can be more complicated and drawn out than meets the eye.
Get Help Developing Your Disability Case
While there are no guarantees that you’ll win your claim, an attorney can help you effectively develop your case. Social Security disability lawyers typically charge clients on a contingency basis, so you only have to pay your attorney if he or she wins your case. In other words, there’s really nothing to lose if you hire a lawyer.
Whether at the initial application stage, the reconsideration level, or the hearing level, Social Security disability attorneys know how to present your case in the most favorable light possible. When you submit your initial application, a knowledgeable disability attorney can argue that your disability meets one of the impairment listings in the Blue Book and focus on the facts in your case that will be the most convincing to the SSA. An attorney can also ensure that you submit all of the required documentation with your initial application as well as aid you in obtaining a favorable onset date in order to maximize the amount of back pay you receive.
Why the Odds of Winning Your Claim Decrease without an Attorney
Statistically speaking, the majority of Social Security disability claims are denied at the initial claim and reconsideration levels. As a result, most claimants will need to attend a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ) if they hope to receive Social Security disability benefits. At this point in particular, having a Social Security disability attorney represent you can boost your chances of winning your claim.
Statistics show that claimants who are represented by an attorney at a hearing are twice as likely to win than unrepresented claimants. If you file an appeal, an attorney will be able to apply his or her knowledge of SSA regulations to the adjudication process, obtain written opinions from your physicians, and cross-examine the vocational expert or medical expert at the hearing to demonstrate that you’re unable to work.
Many claimants get nervous before a hearing, but disability attorneys are familiar with the process and can help you prepare to effectively answer the judge’s questions. Disability attorneys may also be familiar with the personalities and decision-making processes of local ALJs and be able to use that knowledge to their advantage.
When to Hire an Ohio Social Security Disability Attorney
The sooner you hire an attorney, the better. If you’re thinking about applying for Social Security disability benefits, contact an attorney for a free consultation. At this stage, an attorney can evaluate your case and help you file your application.
The only time when it isn’t necessary to contact a lawyer is when you have already submitted your application and are waiting for an answer because there really isn’t much that an attorney can do at this point. In most other situations, however, having an attorney by your side is worthwhile.
Looking for a Social Security Disability Attorney in Ohio?
Whether you’re thinking about applying for Social Security disability benefits or you already applied and your application was denied, contact Jones Law Group. Our Ohio disability attorneys provide comprehensive representation at all stages of the Social Security disability claims process. Call (614) 545-9998 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation with our team.