If you were recently injured or have filed a Social Security Disability (SSD) claim, meeting with a SSD attorney is often part of the process. So, to that end, here are three things you should know before you reach out to a Social Security Disability attorney.
Mainly, if you are hiring an attorney for your SSD claim, he or she is your guide and advocate through the process. Your attorney can help you with communicate with Social Security, file appeals, schedule court dates, gather and submit your medical records before a hearing and more – including answering your questions and concerns.
You’ll have an initial meeting on your case to determine if your case has merits and if the attorney will represent you. This can be done over the phone or in person. If your case is a strong one, you’ll have another meeting to talk more about the details and to fill out the necessary paperwork for an appeal if you have already been denied upon initial application.
Just because you hire a lawyer doesn’t mean you don’t need to prepare! If you are filing a case, you’ll need any documents and information, including your work and medical history, any paperwork you have already filed or received from Social Security, and any medical records you already have in your possession.
You likely will not be asked to pay attorney fees up front but may need to sign a fee agreement. Most attorneys only get paid if you win your case.
In addition to providing the attorney with information, you might have questions for him or her as well. Be sure to ask about their experience with your type of case and how successful they typically are. You’ll also want to know about any costs you might incur and if the case will be handled by that particular attorney or if they have an assistant.
It’s also a good idea to talk about payment and what happens if you win or lose your case.
If you have questions about hiring a Social Security Disability attorney, contact us today. We can get you the help you deserve.