Hiring a disability lawyer can be very beneficial when trying to win your disability case. Having a lawyer gives you a 40 to 60% better chance at winning your case if you have already been denied and are representing yourself. Social security lawyers have studied and learned the rules and regulations required to be eligible for social security disability benefit payments. These lawyers know what they are talking about so do not underestimate them. Your lawyer that you choose to hire will make sure you are filing for the right kind of disability benefit payments and that everything is filed correctly. A good social security disability lawyer will evaluate your case, give you suggestions on how to win your case, and also let you know if there is a chance you can lose or have no case at all. If you are not sure if you can win your case or not before hiring a lawyer, consult with several social security disability lawyers before you actually hire one if you have a good chance winning your case.
When hiring a lawyer, most of these attorneys want a retainer fee just to get started on your case. This retainer fee can cost anywhere from $1000 to $5000. You don't have to take this option. Look around and see if any lawyers will agree to a contingency fee. That means that you do not have to pay unless/until your case wins. Hiring an attorney does not mean you will absolutely win your case, but it does give you a better chance of winning. Regardless, you need to be prepared to lose and possibly still have to pay a lawyer fee depending on your lawyer's terms and conditions.
An average of 80% of applicants is rejected the first time they apply for social security disability benefits. If you are rejected for benefits, you have the right to appeal your case. 70% of claims that are denied need to have a hearing. The applicant would need to get a social security disability lawyer if they want a better chance of winning their case. You can still go to the hearing without any legal representation but your chances of winning are slim. When going to a hearing without a lawyer, you need to have full knowledge of all disability benefit rules and regulations. This is not a requirement but it is frowned upon when this knowledge is not obtained.
Adhering to strict medical requirements and producing sufficient proof that qualifies your disability is important. Your lawyer can help you obtain the majority of useful documentation you will need. You need to hire a lawyer that is very efficient and successful and someone you can build a comfortable relationship with. You need to know what you need to bring in order to meet the requirements to qualify for benefits. If your case is denied and needs to go to a hearing for additional evidence, having an attorney can reduce the stress and anxiety.