Why You Need to Hire a Social Security Disability Benefits Lawyer
In Social Security Disability benefits cases, attorneys’ fees are regulated by federal statute, and are paid when you get paid. Furthermore, the Social Security Administration (SSA) must approve our fees, and we file our fee agreement with SSA in every case. Attorney’s fees are usually 25 percent of the past-due benefit, or $6,000, whichever is less.
Who Pays for Incurred Expenses?
The law firm’s out-of-pocket expenses related to your representation, such as charges for photocopying and the cost incurred for retrieving your medical records and reports, will also be deducted from the past-due benefit amount.
Involving an attorney in the social security claims process increases the likelihood that you will recover Social Security benefits.
While your attorney’s role depends on the particular facts of your case, a contingency-fee Social Security benefits attorney at the Strom Law Firm will:
- Submit your initial application on your behalf, at no charge
- Gather 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;
- Ask that a prior application for benefits be reopened;
- Advise you how to best prepare yourself to testify at your hearing; and
- Protect your right to a fair hearing by objecting to improper evidence and procedures
If you are awarded Social Security benefits, we will make sure that the Social Security Administration (SSA) correctly calculates your past-due benefits. If you lose,we can appeal and continue to seek Social Security benefits on your behalf by requesting a review of the hearing decision. Our disability attorneys will see your case through to the end.
If necessary, based upon the facts of your case, we will even take your claim for Social Security disability benefits all the way to Federal District Court.
When Should I Hire a Disability Attorney?
- If you have not yet applied for disability benefits, reach out to us for assistance with preparing and submitting your disability application. We offer this service at no cost to our clients.
- Hire an attorney as soon as possible after your initial application is denied. We’ll need to file for reconsideration on your behalf as soon as possible, because of case backlog within the SSA.
What Does A Social Security Attorney Do?
Attorneys in Social Security Disability cases do much more than sit in at a hearing and ask a few questions. Much pre-hearing preparation, analysis, and evidence gathering go into adequate representation for your case. For this reason you should not wait until a week or two before your hearing to contact an attorney. The earlier an attorney is able to start working on your case, the better your chances of winning.
Please note: Not all attorneys practice before the Social Security Administration. You will do best to find an attorney familiar with complex Social Security disability regulations and the somewhat unusual Social Security disability benefit procedures.
The mission of the Strom Law Firm, LLC is to provide effective, aggressive, and compassionate legal services to persons with disabilities seeking benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). We believe that by providing ethical representation within the framework of these government disability programs, we can successfully advocate for our clients.
If you can’t work and you need benefits, we invite you to contact our Social Security disability attorney today. We can help.