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Disability Claims Lawyer

The process of applying for disability benefits can be challenging for someone who is not familiar with the system. More than 70 percent of the people who start the process on their own have their initial claims turned down and get fed up and give up before getting to a hearing. A lawyer can improve your chances significantly by helping the process seem tolerable and by presenting your case in the most favorable light.

DO I NEED AN ATTORNEY?

You have the right to have an Attorney represent you in your Social Security Disability case.    Statistics have clearly shown that claimants who are represented win their Social Security Disability benefits much more often than those who apply and go to an Administrative Law Judge hearing on their own.  Social Security makes the process very difficult.   Waiting lines are long.  Forms are complicated.  Social Security Disability Benefits are often denied to people who are truly Disabled.   As a result, many people who apply for Social Security Disability Benefits become frustrated, so they simply give up, and do not appeal even though they are genuinely entitled to their Social Security Disability benefits.   The Chambers Law Firm can help you through the process.

WHAT WOULD MY ATTORNEY DO TO REPRESENT ME IN MY SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY CASE?
Every case is different. Your Attorney’s role depends on the particular facts of your case.   However, a few of the things an Attorney may do are:

  • Gather and review medical and other evidence;
  • Analyze your case under Social Security Regulations;
  • Contact your doctor and explain Social Security Regulations to obtain a report consistent with those regulations;
  • Obtain documents from your Social Security Disability file;
  • Obtain statements from doctors regarding your health;
  • Ask that a prior application for benefits be reopened;
  • Advise you how to best prepare yourself to testify at your hearing;
  • Prepare legal briefs in preparation for your hearing.
  • Protect your right to a fair hearing by objecting to improper evidence and procedures while making persuasive legal arguments to the judges regarding approving your disability claim and paying your case;
  • If you win, make sure that the Social Security Administration correctly calculates your benefits;
  • If you lose, request review of the hearing decision by the Social Security Administration’s Appeals Council; and
  • If necessary, represent you in a Federal Court review of your case.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST TO HIRE A SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY ATTORNEY?  WHEN WILL I HAVE TO PAY?

Social Security authorizes representatives to charge a fee of 25% of the retroactive benefits awarded to the claimant and his/her dependents, to a maximum of $6,000.00 for work performed through the Hearing level on all claims.  No money is paid by claimant until after he/she wins benefits.  This fee is contingent on the outcome of the claim; if you do not win your claim, you do not owe your representative anything in fees. Out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., for obtaining your medical records, for a physician to complete a functional assessment form, or for certified mailings) are handled separately, and are not contingent on the outcome of the claim. This should be explained fully by your representative, and outlined in detail in the fee agreement that you both sign. Many states have laws governing the cost of copying medical records. In Georgia, pursuant to O.C.G. §31-33-3, providers may not charge for medical records used to support a claim for disability benefits.

 

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