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When will a disability lawyer decide to take your case?

On this site, we've discussed a number of aspects of disability claim representation, such as what a disability lawyer typically does on a case, what the fee for representation is, and to what extent having a representative can increase the odds of winning disability benefits.

These are typically the questions that claimants who are considering looking for representation will think to ask. However, most claimants never consider the possibility that they might have difficulty finding representation.

There are disability lawyers and non-attorney representatives who will decline taking a person's case because of one of the following:

1. The claimant has not filed a claim yet.

2. The claimant has not been denied yet.

3. The claimant has been denied by a judge (in these cases, the lawyer may ask to see a copy of the judge's decision letter before deciding whether or not to assist the claimant).

However, disability lawyers who decline to assist someone based on one of these reasons are becoming more of a minority. In recent years, those who represent individuals filing for disability have begun to realize that it can be unwise to arbitrarily avoid someone's case simply because they have not received a notice of denial yet. The fact of the matter is that most applicants do get denied; therefore, lawyers who assist claimants before the denial has occurred are providing a higher level of service.

One clear way of doing this is by lessening the chance that the individual will fail to file their needed appeal paperwork in a timely manner (missed appeal deadlines are fairly common).

Furthermore, lawyers who take on claimants prior to the actual filing of a disability application can help their clients submit paperwork that is better prepared and, in some cases, more likely to be approved at an earlier level, versus the need for a hearing at some point (claimants who do not win their cases early on and are put in the position of having to request a hearing will often find that their case gets stuck in the system for 2-3 years or longer).

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

What does a Social Security Disability Attorney or Representative do for your claim?
Getting a Social Security Disability Attorney or Representative for your case
How will an attorney help me win disability benefits?
Disability Lawyers, Medical Records, and Social Security Hearings
What Expenses Will A Social Security Attorney Charge In Addition To The Fee?
Can a disability attorney speed up my disability hearing case?
Should you get a Disability Lawyer before you File for Disability, or get an answer on your claim?
Using a lawyer for a Social Security Disability, SSDI, case

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria