What to Know Before Hiring a Disability Attorney
So you’ve applied for disability and it’s been rejected. The next step is to take it to court and find a disability attorney who can present your case in the best light and get you the disability check you deserve. However, with any case, you need to take some considerations before you decide to sign the deal with your attorney. If your attorney can’t answer these questions, you should look for another one.
Are You Licensed?
Your attorney doesn’t need to be licensed to represent you, but one who is licensed will more than likely know the law better, while an unlicensed attorney may be more difficult to work with.
Are You a Disability Attorney?
A general practitioner is not someone you should hire for your case. You’ll want one who knows about disability law and has experience with disability cases. You may find a good disability attorney by looking at the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives. Many disability attorneys are members of that organization.
You’ll want to know how much you’re going to pay. Sometimes, you pay money upfront. Other times, your attorney may get a cut of your disability check. You should also look into whether or not you will have to pay money if you lose a case, and if so, how much you are expected to pay.
How Often Will You Contact Me?
Good communication is important when you have a case. If your lawyer isn’t talking to you on a regular basis, it could spell trouble. Having constant updates can prepare you for the impending court battle.
Can You Request an On The Record?
If your disability has evidence to back it up, your attorney may be able to get you coverage without even having to go to a hearing. Asking if your attorney does an on the record request, or if they think that it could work, can win you the case.
What About Meeting With Me?
You’ll want to meet your lawyer at least once before the case. Depending on whether or not your lawyer lives close by you, and if your disability allows you to travel, this can be difficult. But a good attorney will want to meet with you regardless of your circumstances.
Besides these questions, you can read reviews and talk to other people who have been through disability cases. Finding the right attorney is hard, but the payoff will be worth it.