An attorney for social security specializes in helping disabled people and their families get the benefits they are entitled to receive. These lawyers perform a wide range of services for their clients, doing everything that is necessary to achieve a successful outcome. Legal services may including filing the initial application, obtaining necessary medical records and supporting documentation and representing clients in appeals hearings.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is a federal government agency that provides various benefits to individuals and their eligible family members. In addition to monthly retirement-related payments, the SSA provides disability benefits to those who meet certain requirements.
The SSA disability program has many rules and strict qualification criteria. As a result, many people have difficulty applying for and receiving benefits. To complicate the process further, many applications are denied, even for individuals who meet the eligibility requirements.Do You Have a Case?
Social Security disability benefits are only paid in cases of total disability. No benefits are payable for partial or short-term disability.
To receive these benefits, individuals must be considered disabled according to the SSA’s definition.
Applicants must meet at least one of the following conditions:
The Social Security Administration provides two basic types of disability benefits.
The first is Social Security disability (SSD), which is also known as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Retirement, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (RSDI).
Workers who have a long-term disabling injury or illness may receive these benefits, providing they meet certain criteria outlined by the SSA.
The second category is Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which is need-based. These benefits are provided to disabled children and adults with limited income who meet specific eligibility requirements.
Every individual has the right to use a representative when doing business with the Social Security Administration (SSA). Applicants may choose a disability attorney or a non-lawyer representative.
The SSA requires non-lawyer representatives to meet certain requirements that include a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent qualifications) and completion of continuing education courses. In addition, these non-attorney advocates must have professional liability insurance and pass a background check and a short written exam.
In addition to fulfilling the same qualifications as non-lawyer representatives, an attorney for social security assistance has graduated from law school with a juris doctorate (J.D.) degree and passed a rigorous state bar exam.
Here are some other advantages a Social Security attorney has over a non-lawyer representative:
Studies show that people who hire experienced Social Security lawyers have faster and more lucrative outcomes than those who represent themselves.
A qualified attorney for Social Security disability can help you:
Choosing the right Social Security lawyer can make the difference between a quick and successful resolution and a long-lasting headache. It’s a good idea to interview one or more attorneys before you decide which one to hire.
Here are some of the qualities to look for when choosing a lawyer:
This program allows expedited Social Security disability claims processing for people with certain serious medical conditions. These include some forms of cancers, adult brain disorders and other rare illnesses. A complete list of eligible conditions can be found on the SSA website at https://www.ssa.gov/compassionateallowances/conditions.htm.
Yes, applicants in certain situations outside the standard SSA criteria may be able to receive disability benefits. However, the rules and regulations governing these special categories are complicated. Therefore, if you think you qualify for one of these exceptions, it is best to have a knowledgeable Social Security lawyer assist with your application.
People in the following categories may qualify for an exception:
Applicants must meet strict requirements to be considered legally blind by the SSA. Nonetheless, those who do not meet the legal definition of blindness may still qualify for disability benefits if they are unable to work as a result of their visual impairment.
When a worker dies, their widows, widowers or surviving divorced spouses who have a disability may qualify for Social Security benefits providing certain conditions are met. For example, the onset of the survivor’s disability must be before or within seven years of the worker’s death.
Someone who became disabled before age 22 may be eligible for children’s benefits if a parent is deceased or starts receiving retirement or disability benefits. This type of benefit is based on the parent’s Social Security earnings record. Those who receive their own SSI or disability benefits may be eligible for an increased amount, including being entitled to Medicare, based on a parent’s earnings record.
Disabled veterans and those who were injured during military service may be eligible for expedited processing of Social Security benefits. In addition, many veterans do not realize they may be able to receive Social Security benefits in addition to disability benefits from the Veterans Administration (VA). This is another reason it is wise to consult a Social Security disability lawyer to ensure your application is handled correctly.
Social Security attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means they collect a fee only after your disability claim is resolved. This means you should not have to pay any up-front fees or retainers.
Upon taking your case, a Social Security lawyer will ask you to sign a written fee agreement, which is submitted to the SSA for approval. This agreement allows the SSA to pay your attorney directly out of the back pay you receive when your case concludes. Social Security law caps attorney fees at $6,000, or 25% of the client’s back pay, whichever is less. However, an attorney may request permission from the SSA to charge a higher fee in some cases, such as those requiring multiple hearings or federal court appearances.
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