Overview of Disability

Disability Back Pay

Disability Requirements

Disability Applications

Disability Advice Tips

How long do cases take?

How to win Disability

SSD Mistakes to avoid

Disability for Mental

What if you get denied?

How to file Appeals

Disability through SSA

SSI Disability Benefits

Disability for Children

How do I qualify for it?

Working and Disability

Disability Award Notice

Disability Lawyer Q&A

Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

Your Medical Evidence

Filing for your Disability

Disability Eligibility

SSD SSI Definitions

Recent Questions

SSDRC Disability Blog

Is there a way to check the Credentials of a Disability Lawyer?

You can inquire as to whether or not a disability lawyer is board-certified; however, this is probably a great waste of time. Being board-certified does not mean that the lawyer has a high success rate in handling claims, or even that the lawyer is someone who won't decide to dump your case the day before the hearing (when they've finally gotten around to reviewing your file and medical evidence)---it goes without saying that this is a despicable practice, yet a fair number of disability lawyers do engage in this sort of unprofessional conduct.

What does it take to be board certified as a social security disability lawyer? The lawyer must be in good standing and have a certain minimum amount of practice experience in social security matters and also must be able to verify that they are acquiring continuing legal education (all lawyers must do this on an ongoing basis and CLE credits are hardly taxing).

Rather than being concerned about the credentials of a disability lawyer, the best way to choose a disability lawyer is either to get a referral for one from a person who has actually used the lawyer in the past, or get in touch with the lawyer via some other trusted route.

Getting a disability lawyer off of an ad on tv, however, is very much like taking the Forrest Gump approach: you never really know what you're going to get, and all you'l really know from the very start is that the lawyer could afford to pay for the ad.

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
Why is Charcot-marie-tooth not on the Social Security Disability list of impairments?
Can a disability judge make a decision without a hearing?

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