What is a Disability Attorney and How Can They Help Me?

What if the best person to change your life was someone you’d never met before?

A good disability attorney can help you get the benefits you deserve and seriously improve the quality of your life. Unfortunately, many don’t know what a disability attorney is and how they can help out.

Are you curious about whether you need to hire a disability attorney? Keep reading to learn all about these attorneys and the specialized assistance they can provide.

The Essential Argument

We’re going to explore the many benefits of hiring a disability attorney. But at the most fundamental level, their role involves helping develop a convincing theory for why you are disabled.

For example, the attorney can help determine and document that your condition meets one of the Social Security Administration’s existing disability listings. Alternatively, they can help demonstrate that your exertion level is preventing you from finding, performing, and keeping a job.

If you do not meet those criteria, the attorney may be able to prove that you have non-exertional limitations that still keep you from holding down a job. For example, if you have specific issues with concentration and/or memory, these may be enough to keep you from gainful employment.

Understanding COPD and CHF

A great reason to hire a disability attorney is that they understand very specific conditions. This includes things like COPD and Congestive Heart Failure.

Your attorney will interview you and examine your medical records. The attorney should be able to determine if you have the specific breathing results or ejection fraction measurements that would qualify you for a COPD listing or CHF listing.

All of this is assuming that you have thorough medical records. If you do not, the attorney may be able to provide even more assistance.

Testing As Needed

In some ways, timing is everything when it comes to your disability application. For example, you may have a much stronger chance if you undergo certain testing before you apply.

In the case of potential COPD or CHF diagnosis, your attorney can help arrange for proper testing. Once you take a breathing test, ejection fraction test, or other tests as needed, your case will be much stronger.

Even better, a good attorney may be able to arrange for necessary testing directly with Social Security. This can speed things up, and the Social Security Administration will actually foot the bill for the medical tests.

Application Assistance

It’s possible, of course, to hire a disability attorney after you have already applied. But it may be more beneficial to do so before filling out the application.

That’s because your attorney understands the disability application inside and out. They can help you provide the right information and collect the right documents to make the application as strong as possible.

Eventually, a claims examiner will need to review your application. A good disability attorney understands how the examiner thinks and how he works, so the attorney can make sure the application is convincing to the examiner.

It’s still possible that the initial application is denied. If this happens, the attorney can help keep your case alive (more on this later).

The Way They Are Paid

Some people hesitate to hire a disability attorney because of the cost. If you’re worried about that, we have some good news for you and your case.

If the attorney only helps with your application and the application gets approved, their fee will be relatively low. And if your initial application gets denied and goes to a hearing, most disability attorneys get paid on contingency. This means they only get paid if you ultimately win your case.

With such an arrangement, you don’t really have anything to lose. If you should lose your case, you won’t pay anything at all. And if you should win, you’ll have access to disability benefits for the rest of your life. A contingency fee of a few thousand dollars may seem like a lot, but it’s definitely worth it when you win.

On top of that, the contingency arrangement provides a powerful incentive to your attorney. Because they don’t get paid unless you win, they are going to put forth the maximum effort on your behalf.

If Your Application Is Denied

In a perfect world, your application will be accepted after submission. In that case, you are set for benefits and your attorney’s job is done.

However, there is always a chance your application will be denied. If you don’t already have an attorney, this is the time to hire one.

That’s because you can request a hearing. This allows you to make the case before a judge that you qualify for disability. And your attorney can make sure that you present a very convincing case.

The attorney can help you better understand the hearing procedure and rules and help you practice answering questions. The ultimate goal is to make sure that you can testify in a way that helps your case.

The Cross-Examination

At the hearing, there will be a Vocational Expert (VE) who will testify that you are able to work. And this provides an opportunity for your attorney to cross-examine the VE about a variety of things.

For example, your attorney can ask about the jobs the VE thinks you qualify for and how many of such jobs are actually available. This can help convince the judge that, realistically, there are not jobs available for you.

Because the attorney is familiar with such hearings, they will be able to collect and present the most convincing evidence. And your attorney may even know the particular judge involved, which will provide further understanding necessary for you to win your case.

Hiring a Disability Attorney: What Next?

Now you know what a disability attorney can do for you and your case. But do you know where to find the best attorneys?

We specialize in disability, personal injury, automobile accidents, and more. To see what we can do for you and your case, all you have to do is contact us today!

Related Posts

no fault state

Is Arizona a No-Fault State?

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you may learn new aspects of the law that you never had to know before. This includes complex legal terms such as “at fault state” and “no-fault state”. When it comes to an accident, the ability to prove fault is of paramount importance. If you can demonstrate […]

motorcycle accident

9 Questions to Ask a Potential Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

According to the most recent data from the Insurance Information Institute (III), around 83,000 motorcycle injuries occur every year. If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident, then it’s important to secure strong legal counsel. The next steps you take can determine the outcome of your claim. You want to make sure you’re receiving the […]

Phoenix car accident attorney

Top Signs You Need to Hire a Phoenix Car Accident Attorney

More than 41,000 people were injured in car crashes in Arizona in 2020. If you were injured in a car accident, you may be wondering whether you need to hire an attorney. Keep reading for the top signs you need a Phoenix car accident attorney on your side to win your case.  Disputed Liability If […]

1 Person Injured in Auto Accident on Interstate 280 Southbound [Daly City, CA]

Common Claim Mistakes to Avoid with a Phoenix Auto Accident Lawyer

Accidents happen. When they do, you need more than your auto insurance carrier to protect your rights. You need a Phoenix auto accident lawyer with experience. On July 27, 2021, the state of Arizona released a report that there were 98,778 motor vehicle crashes in the year 2020. Of these crashes, 28,610 had injuries, and 970 […]

Police Report Request Form

Police Report Request

"*" indicates required fields

Sweet Lawyers has my permission to help provide a free police report.*
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Help Is Here

We have answers. Tell us about your situation.

Call (800) 674-7854 or request a callback below

"*" indicates required fields

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.