Should I hire a Social Security lawyer or take on my case alone?
The majority of Social Security Disability (SSDI/SSD) and SSI claims will go to a hearing before an administrative law judge before the claimant can receive disability benefits. While you can certainly go to this special hearing alone, having social security lawyers on your side can really help you in winning a claim. Disability lawyers cannot guarantee that you will be awarded Social Security Disability or SSI benefits, however social security lawyers can guarantee that your case will be properly formed prior to the hearing date and properly represented at the hearing.
What are the benefits of retaining a social security lawyer?
There are many benefits to retaining disability lawyers including help with:
- Locating important medical records
- Obtaining detailed statements from treating physicians
- Likely obtaining more backpay than you could negotiate yourself
- Applying a thorough understanding of SSA regulations, including prior rulings, to your case
While a claimant can win a SSD or SSI disability claim without being represented by an attorney, the odds of actually winning are markedly decreased without an attorney. It is important that you seriously weigh the risks of pursuing your claim without representation. While it could save you some money in the long run to not hire an attorney, you have a lesser chance of actually winning and receiving compensation in the first place.
What is backpay?
In most cases where a claimant receives Social Security or SSI benefits, they can also seek “backpay.” Backpay is compensation that you should have received while the claim was being filed. Sometimes this can extend further, giving you more benefits. The date of onset of the disability and when you filed for SSI or Social Security benefits determines how much a claimant will receive in backpay. You must prove the earliest possible onset for a successful Social Security disability or SSI claimant.
All SSDI backpay is paid as one lump sum. SSI backpay that totals under a few thousand dollars is paid in a lump sum. However, larger amounts of backpay are usually split into three payments that are sent six months apart. Your disability lawyers can help you determine the best date as well as argue for your backpay.
Can an attorney help me build my disability case?
The majority of SSDI and SSI claimants have no idea how to properly and thoroughly prepare their case for the hearing. However, social security lawyers have a high level of expertise and familiarity with the rules and regulations governing Social Security. These special lawyers will know what the judge is looking for when dealing with a particular medical condition or disability, as well as which questions to ask your doctor and other experts to build the best case.
Disability attorneys are usually paid on contingency which means that they will not get paid if they do not win. This ensures that you have the best chance of winning with an expert working on your behalf.
Can children receive file for and receive SSI payments?
Yes, children under the age of 18 or is under 22 and in school can qualify for SSI. To qualify for SSI for children, the child must be either blind or disabled. The child will be evaluated to determine if they meet social security disability status. When determining if a child qualifies for SSI, both the income and resources of the family members the child lives with are taken into consideration. It is important to note that Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is only available to disabled persons who have worked a specified length of time in jobs that have paid Social Security taxes.
Whether you are an adult seeking help with your Social Security benefits or you have a child who may qualify for SSI payments, social security lawyers can help you. The team at Blutter & Blutter offers over 55 years of combined experience aiding those seeking Social Security benefits. We can help you determine the best path to take to give you a better chance of winning your claim. We will also help you gather evidence, build your case and represent you at your hearing. With the help of the Blutter & Blutter team, you will have your best chance at a positive outcome.