August 15, 2017
Having a disability advocate on your side can be beneficial during the application or appeals process, as they can effectively communicate with the Social Security Administration on your behalf and represent your best interests. Here, the Social Security Disability attorneys at Disability Associates discuss a few reasons why it is helpful to hire a disability attorney.
Increased Chances of Being Approved
Most importantly, hiring a social security attorney during the application process significantly improves your chances of being approved for Social Security benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) itself states that applicants who retain legal representation have a far better chance of a positive result than those who apply alone. Read further for reasons why an attorney can greatly improve your odds.
Attorneys are Experienced
Social Security attorneys—such as those at Disability Associates who have a combined 25 years working on Social Security Disability Benefits claims—are experienced in and prepared to handle the wide range of challenges that may arise during the SSD application process. They will also be able to answer any questions you have about your individual claim more accurately than the generalized answers you may find on the SSA website. At Disability Associates, our attorneys specialize in cases involving the SSA, SSD benefits and the appeals process, providing our firm the confidence, skills and experience to successfully represent our clients’ claims time and time again.
Professional Conduct and Ethical Obligations Rules
Social Security attorneys are bound by ethical rules and regulations put in place to ensure those professionals represent their clients to the best of their ability—exhausting every avenue of recourse along the way to get you the benefits you deserve. Attorneys are also bound by confidentiality agreements, giving applicants confidence that their medical history will be kept private. While it is rare that breaches of such rules arise, an applicant has the option to file a complaint with Maryland’s grievance commission if you have reason to believe your attorney did not work to their fullest extent to get your claim approved.
Beneficial “Alleged Onset Date”
Your “alleged onset date” is the date when you were first eligible for disability benefits, and determines how far back your benefits will go. A skilled attorney will work with you to ascertain your alleged onset date accurately, ensuring you receive the full amount of benefits you deserve.
No Cost Unless You Win
At Disability Associates, we understand that the process of filing for disability can be a long and frustrating one. As such, we don’t believe in charging our clients unless we get the results they need—and so you won’t pay a fee unless we win your case.
Let Disability Associates Help You
Our knowledgeable and vastly experienced attorneys are dedicated to helping those in need of Social Security Disability Benefits. With our hardworking approach and action-based work ethic, we are confident our clients will be able to walk away knowing they will be compensated for lost wages and future disability. For more information, or to schedule a consultation, contact us today!