Choosing the Best Disability Law Firm
When you are looking for the best law firm to handle your Social Security Disability case, it is important to find one that is seasoned in these types of cases, and will be active in its management. Before you begin the interview process it helps considerably if you spend some time familiarizing yourself with Social Security law, so you can best judge the firm based on the answers they give. You may also wish to ask those who have gone through the process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits if they can provide you with a referral.
It is not impossible for a claimant to prepare and file his or her own claim for disability benefits. The problem normally comes if his or her application is denied by the Social Security Administration, or SSA. About two-thirds of claims made are originally denied. Even if your initial claim is accepted you may wish to dispute the amount that is offered, if you feel that it is less than the amount you should be entitled to. When situations like this arise it is time to begin looking for a disability law firm to help you with an appeal. The appeals process can take a long time and normally requires extensive documentation that may be difficult to compile for presentation if you try to do it yourself.
In many cases a person who wishes to appeal the initial ruling of the SSA will turn to public or private agencies that offer assistance and services. These service providers are very familiar with law firms that offer Social Security appellate services. Doctors and others in the healthcare industry that have provided you with treatment can also point you the direction of law firms that deal with the denial of disability benefits. Once you have names of responsible firms and you first contact them it is a good idea to mention the precise nature of your disability to ensure the firm has attorneys that are skilled in litigating cases such as yours.
As Social Security law is very complex and changes frequently you need to choose a law firm that does not do Social Security work as a side line. Make it your business to look into the reputation of the firm, and do not hesitate to contact the local bar association to find out if disciplinary action has even been brought against the firm.
As the entire appeal process is stressful, look for a disability law firm that is seasoned in Social Security law and one that you are comfortable working with.