Disability benefits can impact the lives of you and your family. If you are unable to work, these benefits can be a way for you to supplement your previous income. If you or someone you know is struggling with filing for disability benefits, contact us today. It doesn’t matter if you have been denied, we can help. Call our office to set up your free consultation.
Should you hire a permanent disability lawyer?
Yes. We operate on a contingency fee basis, which means that we don’t get paid until you do. Our focus is to make sure that you win your disability benefits case. Whether you are applying for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income, we can help. We have decades of experience handling these cases in Georgia. It is proven that having an experienced attorney present in your hearing will increase your odds of winning. When your disability benefits are essential to your life, why gamble with your judgment?
How long will the process take?
It could be years before you get approved for your benefits. In fact, the appeals process can take a year on its own. You can almost guarantee that filing for benefits at the initial level will be denied. So, you will have to file at the reconsideration level. If your claim is still denied, you will have to wait on a hearing. You will go in front of a judge and give them a file on your case. Once they review all the evidence, they will determine whether you should receive disability benefits.
How can I prepare for my hearing?
Most people want to appeal the decision, and the only way to do this is through a hearing. To ensure that you have the best chance at winning your case, you need to be prepared. An experienced attorney will gather evidence and other materials to strengthen your case. You will create a file that will be presented to the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).
Your lawyer will want to have conferences with you before the hearing. You will need to provide any updated information, as well as your current medical records. We need to make sure that everything is up to date on your file. We will also request information about all of your care providers. Any statement that we can get from your doctors will only strengthen your case. It is better to provide the judge with too much information, rather than too little.
Can I improve my chances of getting approved?
Once you realize that almost 70% of appeals get approved, you can feel more confident about your case. These are things that you can do to boost your chances of approval:
- Get an attorney. These cases are complicated and almost impossible to handle by yourself. Many lawyers work on a contingency basis, so you won’t even have to pay them until the case is over. An experienced attorney will significantly improve your odds of winning.
- Get there on time: There is nothing worse than rushing around the day of your hearing. Make sure that you get there on time, so you can make sure that you have everything you need. You can also take the time to collect yourself before you go into the hearing.
- Dress for success: Courtrooms are formal environments, so you must dress appropriately.
- Know everything about your disability: You can’t know everything, but you can be informed. You must understand your medical condition so that you can answer questions. Your lawyer should be knowledgeable as well.
You need a permanent disability lawyer that you can trust
Statistics show that you will increase your odds of approval by hiring a lawyer. We know that this process can be scary, and we can help reduce your stress. If you or someone you know is applying for disability benefits, contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers today. These cases can take years to complete, so we need to begin as soon as possible.