November 28, 2011

Why Should I Hire an Attorney to Represent me in my Social Security Disability Claim?

Indianapolis Social Security disability attorney Scott D. Lewis is an experienced disability lawyer who represents individuals with their Social Security disability appeal. Some common questions an individual who is seeking disability benefits have are:

  1. “Do I really have to hire a lawyer to represent me in my Social Security disability claim?”
  2. “Should I hire an attorney to handle my Social Security disability claim?”
  3. “Will it benefit me to have representation at my Social Security disability hearing?”
  4. “If I hire an attorney, will I be able to get my disability hearing faster?”
  5. “How will I be able to afford to pay an attorney to represent me with my disability appeal?”

If you have been recently denied Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, you probably just read the above questions and thought to yourself that you have been thinking about these exact same concerns.  Here are the answers you have been looking for!

Do you really have to hire a lawyer to represent you in your Social Security disability claim?  Quite simply, no.  SSDI or SSI claimants are not required to have a Social Security disability attorney or representative represent them in their disability appeal.  Having representation is a client’s right.  If you attend your SSDI or SSI hearing alone, most Administrative Law Judges will ask the claimant if they would like to continue their claim so they can seek representation.  Again, this is a right, not a requirement.

Should you hire an attorney or representative to handle your Social Security disability claim?  This is a personal preference.  Some individuals decide that they would like to handle their claim on their own.  Although, statistically, more disability claims are won among individuals that are represented by an attorney or representative than those individuals that are not represented at their Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearing.  In fact, some ALJ’s will send the claimant away from their hearing to get representation before proceeding. 

Will it benefit a claimant to have representation at their Social Security disability hearing?  Hiring a skilled Social Security disability attorney or representative has many benefits.  An experienced Social Security disability attorney like Scott D. Lewis, can assist the claimant with filing their appeals in a timely manner.  In addition, the knowledge that a Social Security disability attorney regarding the disability appeals process, can greatly benefit the claimant.  Many clients are not familiar with the medical evidence that might be needed to support the claimant’s disability claim, but a disability attorney is familiar with the Social Security Adminsitration’s criteria that defines disability. 

If you hire an attorney, will you be able to get your disability hearing faster?  Absolutely not!  Most claims are processed exactly the same regardless if you hire an attorney or not.  Please don’t think that your attorney is able to speed up the disability process.  Unfortunately, his/her arms are tied until the SSA assigns a hearing date for the claim.  If you find yourself in dire circumstances, contact your attorney right away.

How will you be able to afford to pay an attorney to represent you in your disability appeal?  So, you are unemployed and you have no income, but you are worried about how you can afford to pay an attorney to represent you in your disability claim.  No need to worry, most Social Security attorneys are paid the same way as Scott D. Lewis.  Mr. Lewis is only paid if he wins your claim.  If your claim is denied, Mr. Lewis will charge you nothing.  To find out more, please contact the law office of Scott D. Lewis, Attorney at Law, LLC for more details.

Indianapolis Social Security Attorney Scott Lewis offers a free consultation to disabled individuals trying to fight for disability benefits.  For your free case evaluation, contact Mr. Lewis or his staff at (317) 423-8888.

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