Differences in Social Security Lawyers
There are many Social Security lawyers who handle disability cases as part of their practice, so people have a lot of options when it comes to representation. There are a few differences that may help people decide which lawyer they want to select for representation. The first difference is that most lawyers will not accept a disability case until clients have been denied benefits by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Once people are denied, they have only sixty days in which to appeal. That does not allow a whole lot of time to find a disability lawyer, review current documentation, and build a case. There are some lawyers who will discuss the case, and help with the initial application process. People will have help navigating the paperwork, and if the application is denied, the lawyer can file an appeal immediately.
Another difference in Social Security lawyers is that some will not, or cannot, take a case to federal court. In many cases, clients are referred to other firms, should the case proceed to that level. That requires people to meet with new lawyers, explain the entire situation again, and review medical reports and statements. It also means recounting what has been submitted and experienced in the process to that point. Most people who have a medical condition, or have suffered an injury that leaves then unable to work, are in pain, facing financial hardship, and may not have the strength to start again from the beginning. Experienced lawyers, who focus solely on social security disability cases, have the skill and capacity to take a case as far as necessary in an attempt to get benefits approved for clients.
Information regarding how the social security disability system works, what is required for qualification of benefits, and what is needed for a complete application is detailed and complex. Not all lawyers are familiar with the intricacies of the process. Many rely on paralegals to gather information, meet with clients, and even attend hearings. Paralegals are knowledgeable and professional, but they are not lawyers. If people would feel more comfortable meeting with the attorney who will represent them, they will want to specify that when seeking a firm. People who are interested in learning about the system, and may wish to consider filing a claim for benefits, can go to website.com for a free book, and to set up a free initial consultation with a lawyer.