Suffice to say, getting approved for disability is a challenge for most. It takes the right evidence, the right testimony, and the right attitude to be approved by the judges who decide claims for Social Security.
It is strongly recommended to have a representative as the disability claim process is difficult and complex. The road is riddled with applications, forms, appeals, evidence, and deadlines; and mistakes are often unforgiving. Since attorneys and non-attorney representatives only get paid if your claim is approved, you should be prepared for a thorough screening process when a good representative evaluates your claim.
Once you've made the decision that you want to hire someone, do your homework before you sign a fee agreement! The right representative will know how to best collect the needed evidence, prepare you for an eventual hearing, and present the strongest case possible to the judge. The wrong representative will be difficult to communicate with, fail to request necessary medical records, and leave you in a serious pickle.
Here are some questions to ask and things you should find out before deciding who you want to hire:
1) Am I hiring an Attorney or a Non-Attorney Representative?
2) Have they explained the process and social security law to my satisfaction?
3) Do they have a working 'Theory for Disability' on how my claim would likely be approved?
4) How are the firm's reviews? (i.e., Google, BBB, Yelp, etc.)
5) What type of retainer is collected at the beginning?
These are some examples of questions you should be considering as you select the right representative. You should feel comfortable asking any questions you have while respecting the time of the attorney or the firm's staff.
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