Can an attorney get my social security disability claim? How? 20 Answers as of May 20, 2015

Can lawyers help with social security disability? What if the process takes too long or if they reject it? I am on a limited budget.

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Richard B. Jacobson & Associates, LLC | Richard B. Jacobson
Experienced lawyers can help a lot. And as you know, actually having your claim approved can take quite a long time. Try to work out a fee you can afford with the lawyer.
Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
Replied: 5/20/2015
Law Offices of Robert Burns
Law Offices of Robert Burns | Robert Burns
Attorneys often work on disability claims. Your other question makes no sense to me.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/20/2015
Law Offices of George H. Shers | George H. Shers
Sure, an attorney can handle anything you hire them for. talk to a few to see what they would charge and if you really need them. Their are Nolo press and other books written on the subject.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/20/2015
Havens & Lichtenberg PLLC
Havens & Lichtenberg PLLC | Michael Lichtenberg
There are attorneys who work on disability cases. Although we cannot make the government agencies process your application faster, usually an attorney's involvement speeds up the result simply because he or she knows what documents must be submitted and makes much fewer mistakes in the paperwork. Well-prepared application is less likely to be denied, and if it does get denied, we know what to do next. You do not need to worry about your limited budget: your attorney gets paid 25% of the back pay you get when your case is won (for example, your application gets approved 8 months after it was filed; the SSA will pay you the benefits for these 8 months, and your attorney will get 1/4 of that amount). If you do not get any back pay, you do not owe any fee to your attorney. The only money your attorney can ask you to pay in advance is the costs of obtaining records and medical examinations.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 5/20/2015
Gregory M Janks, PC
Gregory M Janks, PC | Gregory M Janks
Yes, there are lawyers that "specialize" in helping clients present Social Security claims, as well as Social Security Appeals. Typically the lawyers fee comes out of a successful award. You should do an internet search, contact lawyer referral agencies/services/Bar Associations or ask those you trust for the names of Social Security attorneys and present your facts to them for an analysis of your possible claim, how long it would take, what it would cost, how they would be paid, etc.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 5/20/2015
    Law Ofices of Edwin K. Niles | Edwin K. Niles
    I think you will find that lawyers who do this sort of work might charge a percentage, so it might be a good idea for you to get a referral from your local bar association.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/20/2015
    Law Office of Edward J. Blum
    Law Office of Edward J. Blum | Edward J. Blum
    Devermont and Devermont does it on a contingency.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/20/2015
    Adler Law Group, LLC
    Adler Law Group, LLC | Lawrence Adler
    There are layers that specialize in that area. You should look for a lawyer with that expertise.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 5/19/2015
    James E. Hasser, Jr. P.C.
    James E. Hasser, Jr. P.C. | Jim Hasser
    Yes, there are plenty of lawyers that will take your case on a contingency basis, which means there is no charge in the event of no recovery. Consider consulting an experienced Social Security lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 5/19/2015
    Law Offices of Ronald A. Steinberg & Associates | Ronald A. Steinberg, BA, MA, JD
    Smart people usually use a lawyer to help. We cannot guarantee that we will win, but the odds are certainly better. The lawyer is entitled to a fee of 25% of the accumulated amount to which you would be entitled, up to a certain maximum. Most lawyers will work on a contingency fee, and only get paid if they win. Hire a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/19/2015
    Boesen Law, LLC
    Boesen Law, LLC | Joseph J. Fraser III
    If you have received a written denial of your application for SSDI, then you need to request a hearing, and an attorney would be very helpful to you. In any case, I'm afraid you have to expect that the process will take a long time - hearings have been running a year after the request.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 5/19/2015
    Andrew T. Velonis, P.C.
    Andrew T. Velonis, P.C. | Andrew Velonis
    There are attorneys who do this work on a regular basis, and many who will have nothing to do with it. What you have to do is find a lawyer in your locality who takes SSD cases, call him/her up and talk about your situation. Initial calls are free, and that person can walk you through the process and discuss fees, etc. before you decide to sign a retainer. I am told that most claims are rejected the first time though and that you have to take an appeal. This is done to screen out meritless claims. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 5/19/2015
    Candiano Law Office
    Candiano Law Office | Charles J. Candiano
    YES. There are many fine attorneys who do nothing but assist people applying for social security benefits. You pay nothing until or unless the attorney is successful.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 5/19/2015
    Bulman Law Associates PLLC Injury Law Firm
    Bulman Law Associates PLLC Injury Law Firm | Thomas Bulman
    You must be totally disabled for 12 continuous months or be expected to die within 12 months. Go to ssa.gov and apply. If you are denied twice and still not returned to work, then call a social security disability lawyer for further advice about representation at a hearing.
    Answer Applies to: Montana
    Replied: 5/19/2015
    Grantland, Blodgett, Shaw & Abel
    Grantland, Blodgett, Shaw & Abel | Gregory M. Abel
    There are lawyers that specialize in Social Security disability claims.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 5/19/2015
    End, Hierseman & Crain, LLC | J. Michael End
    Yes, there are lawyers who represent people in social security disability claims. You can probably find such a lawyer by looking in the web.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 5/19/2015
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    Commonly lawyers are used to represent SSD claims. The timing is up to the government, but payments are retroactive to the application date if granted.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/19/2015
    Law Offices of John W. Merting, P.A.
    Law Offices of John W. Merting, P.A. | John W. Merting
    Yes, seek out an attorney specializing in Soc Sec cases....they work on a percentage fee of the amount of back benefits usually.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 5/19/2015
    Barry Rabovsky & Associates
    Barry Rabovsky & Associates | Barry Rabovsky
    An attorney that handles social security claims normally takes the case on the basis of being paid if he can win the case (i.e., no money out of your pocket up front). There is usually a free consultation also.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 5/19/2015
    Stephens Gourley & Bywater | David A. Stephens
    Yes they can and they usually take a percentage of the past due benefits.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 5/19/2015
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