It’s difficult living with a disability. Social Security was developed to help those that struggle with disabilities lead better quality lives. However, this process to get these benefits is complicated. Where do you even start? What do you do if your interests are stopped? Bader Scott Injury Lawyers are experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyers that understand how important your case is. Many families depend on disability to survive. Getting benefits can be challenging, and having an attorney can help you win.
Any time that you have to deal with the government, it’s a slow process. Between lots of paperwork and deadlines, you could be waiting a long time to receive your benefits. We want to expedite the process because we know how much you need your disability benefits. We can help you, whether you have been denied, lost your benefits, or are thinking of applying for benefits. You should call our office today, so we can get started on your case.
Should you hire a permanent disability lawyer?
Most of the people that submit Social Security claims are denied, especially at the initial claim. This can be frustrating for those that really need these benefits. Thankfully, you can increase your odds by hiring a lawyer. Studies show that you have a better chance of being approved if a lawyer is assisting you.
If your claim is denied, you will have to go to a hearing with the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). A permanent disability lawyer will represent you in court to help you win your claim. We can’t guarantee that you will win, but we can ensure that we will handle your case to the best of our ability. When these benefits are essential to your health and your family, you don’t want to risk being denied.
How do you develop a disability case?
Most people filing for a Social Security Disability claim have no idea what they are doing. A permanent disability attorney is familiar with these cases, and this experience is invaluable in developing a case. A skilled attorney will be able to build a case around the medical condition for the claim, including interviewing doctors and recommending medical tests.
We work off a contingency basis, so we only get paid if you win. So, we are just as invested in your case as you are. The details are what make the case, and we work hard, so you have the most substantial claim possible.
What are my chances of winning without legal representation?
This is a complicated answer. Some individuals file for disability and win their claim the first time they register. However, this isn’t a typical result. Most people fight for their disability benefits for years. They go through denials and a hearing, and the entire process can be overwhelming. Research shows that applicants with a lawyer in a trial had a 50% success rate, where 20% didn’t.
It can take months to get a disability hearing in the first place, so you don’t want to waste your time. Going unrepresented into this hearing can set you up for failure. You desperately need these benefits to live your life. Don’t jeopardize this decision by handling everything on your own.
How long does the process take?
Expect things to take a long time whenever you are dealing with the government. The first step is to start at the initial level. If you are denied, you will then file for a reconsideration. Once you receive that denial, you will wait for a hearing. You have specific steps in the process, and these steps are known as statuses. The Social Security Administration will inform you of your situation, but you could be waiting a year and a half on a hearing. There is no timeframe, it just depends on how busy the office is. Georgia is backlogged right now, so it could take a while for you to receive your hearing.
Some of the more frequent status updates are:
- Pending Folder: Your evidence is being organized for review before your hearing.
- Pending ALJ Assignment: You claim is waiting to be assigned to an ALJ. It can take months to be assigned to a judge.
- Ready to Schedule: Your case has been assigned to an ALJ and is waiting to be scheduled.
- Post-Hearing Development: You have had your hearing with your ALJ, but there is additional information that wasn’t received. So, there will be post-hearing development to be able to submit this evidence.
- Post-Hearing Review: No more evidence can be provided.
- Pending Decision Writing: Your file has been closed.
- Decision Writing Process: A decision has been made, and a formal decision is being written.
Hire an experienced personal injury lawyer today
This process is complicated, and you have a lot riding on this decision. If you are seeking disability benefits, we recommend contacting our offices today. Schedule a free consultation, so we can go over the details of your case.