The Importance of Picking The Right Social Security Disability Lawyer
Legally Reviewed and Edited by: Terry Cochran
Most applicants for SSDI need a lawyer at some point. Finding the right one is key to a successful outcome.
Where Are You In the Application Process?
Many people find the Social Security Administration difficult to deal with, and the process of applying for social security disability benefits confusing and cumbersome.
While the online application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) that initiates the disability claims process is fairly straightforward and simple, an important part of completing that first step is assembling the documentation and medical records that will substantiate your claim. That takes time.
The applicant’s failure to submit the correct documentation and medical records within a certain time frame is one of the main reasons an application is denied. Many social security disability applicants don’t consider contacting a lawyer until their claim is denied.
Wherever you are in the application process, a social security disability attorney from Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. will be happy to meet with you to learn more about your situation, and make recommendations. After this free consultation, if we decide to work together, all attorney fees are regulated by law and don’t have to be paid until your claim is approved.
How Can Lawyers or Advocates Help?
First and foremost, an attorney or advocate can help you negotiate the SSA bureaucracy — and advocate for you directly with SSA officials and evaluators.
If your application is denied, or if you believe you haven’t been compensated adequately, you may appeal the decision by filing a written request within 60 days. The appeals process involves a reconsideration of your application with a different claims examiner, as well as the introduction of new evidence.
A social security lawyer or advocate can help you understand the application and appeals process every step of the way, and assist you in assembling the correct records and documents. An attorney can also secure other evidence and expert depositions to boost your claim.
If your claim has reached the hearing level — where an administrative judge will subpoena witnesses, hear new evidence, and eventually make a ruling on your case — having an attorney at your side makes a significant difference in achieving a positive outcome.
At Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. we have significant experience assisting individuals and families through the Social Security benefits process. We are also a Michigan-based firm and know many of the doctors, claims examiners, and administrative judges who will be reviewing your claim.
Finding An Attorney
Ask your family and friends for references, or the name of any attorney they know who might provide a referral. Consult local attorney referral services, make a few phone calls, do some online research. Identify a couple of attorneys or firms that seem like a good fit and schedule a meeting.
Look for disability law expertise, strong communication, and negotiating skills, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ask for references. More than anything else, the attorney you want to work with will make you feel comfortable.
Contact Cochran, Kroll & Associates P.C. toll-free (24 hours) at 866-MICH-LAW or use our convenient online contact form. We look forward to meeting you.
Disclaimer : The information provided is general and not for legal advice. The blogs are not intended to provide legal counsel and no attorney-client relationship is created nor intended.