What is the Best Time to Hire a Social Security Disability Lawyer?

September 2, 2015

When you apply for Social Security Disability benefits, you stand a better chance of getting your initial claim approved if you have a skilled lawyer by your side. The majority of SSD claims are still denied at the level of the initial application and reconsideration when you try to go it alone.

If you have a clear cut case with an obviously catastrophic injury or illness which virtually guarantees that you will not be able to work for more than a year, it seems like you wouldn’t need the services of a SSD attorney – but that isn’t true. If there is anything questionable about your case, or if you are applying for benefits for a mental disability, you may find it helpful to have the services of an experienced Philadelphia SSD attorney available to you.

How can a Social Security Disability attorney help me?

While this might be your first time applying for Social Security benefits, a knowledgeable SSD attorney has helped countless clients before you navigate the application and appeals process.

If your application has already been denied twice and you want to request a hearing, a Social Security Disability lawyer can help you obtain an “on the record” (OTR) decision without the need for going through a cumbersome, time-consuming hearing. OTR decisions are based on the medical records and other documentation submitted to the judge prior to the hearing.

The Philadelphia Social Security Disability lawyers ta Larry Pitt & Associates have experience writing up a brief that will get submitted to the Social Security Administration. Your attorney will also know what medical evidence is necessary to provide in order to get an OTR decision.

If you do end up needing to attend a hearing, we will help you to prepare for the hearing. We can help you secure the affidavits you will need, arrange for the witnesses, explain what will happen during the hearing and ask questions on your behalf at the hearing. Our attorneys understand the medical evidence required to prove your case, and have experience interviewing your doctors.

How much can a SSD lawyer charge to represent me?

Disability lawyers work on a contingent fee basis, which means that they will get compensated when they win a claim for their client. The standard fee is 25 percent of the past-due benefits with a $6,000 maximum. When the case is won the client begins receiving benefits and they will be able to keep all of their benefits.

If you are ill or injured and will not be able to work for a year, you are welcome to contact the Philadelphia Social Security Disability attorneys at Larry Pitt & Associates to discuss your case. Our offices serve clients all over Pennsylvania, including in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties.