How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

Should you ask a Disability Lawyer About Their Win Rate and How Many Cases They get Approved?

There are many questions to ask a potential Social Security Disability representative (who can be a disability lawyer or a non-attorney) before signing with them to provide representation on your claim. Examples of good starting questions would be:

1. What is the fee for representation? (answer: Social Security Disability Lawyers - Fees and Representation Information).

2. How long does a disability appeal take? (answer: How long does it take to appeal a disability case?).

3. What does a disability lawyer do to help a claim? (What does a Social Security Disability Lawyer or Representative do for your claim?).

3. What does preparation for a disability hearing include? (Preparing for a Disability Hearing to Win Social Security or SSI Benefits ).

4. How likely is it that the case will be won at the hearing level if a hearing becomes necessary? (answer: What are the chances of winning a Social Security Disability or SSI hearing?).

If you are speaking with a possible representative to handle your Social Security Disability or SSI disability claim, should you ask about their win rate? You can, but the answer would, most likely be meaningless. If the representative were to tell you that they have a 90-99 percent win ratio, this would mean nothing if it turned out that the only cases they took were those that were sure winners.

Note: This happens to be very true for many lawfirms that advertise exceptionally high win rates as they heavily screen the claimants who contact them and only take that A) Those cases that will be decided by a federal judge at a social security hearing and B) Those cases in which the chances of losing are fairly low, assuming that the case has been properly prepared and is properly presented before an ALJ (administrative law judge).

Conversely, there are excellent attorneys and non-attorney reps who have a lower win ratio (say, 75 percent) who provide optimal and even superior representation but have a lower win ratio because they do not "cherry pick" their cases.

Claimants who are seeking representation on a disability claim should really be wary of lawyers, firms, and companies that advertise incredibly high win ratios because, in reality, this may have little to do with the quality of the representation they provide or their ability to win a case that requires more work and more development...versus a case that is simply a hands down winner and which may not even require representation.

One of the best barometers for choosing a disability lawyer or representative is simply whether or not they specialize solely in disability claims. Such individuals are more likely to know the SSA system intimately and are also more likely to be familiar with the tendencies of the individual judges (ALJs, or administrative law judges) at the social security hearings offices where their client's cases are heard.

Essential Questions

What is the Social Security Disability SSI list of impairments?

Can you work while getting or applying for Disability?

How Often Does Social Security Approve Disability The First Time You Apply?

Tips for getting Social Security Disability or SSI benefits approved

What medical conditions will get you approved for disability?

What kind of Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?

Receiving a Disability Award Letter

Conditions Social Security will recognize as a disability

Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

Applying for disability in your state

Most popular topics on SSDRC.com

Social Security Disability SSI Questions

The listings, list of disabling impairments

Can a mental illness qualify you for disability?

Disability Lawyers prevent unnecessary denials

How much Social Security Disability SSI back pay?

How to apply for disability for a child or children

Filing a Social Security Disability SSI application

Filing for disability - when to file

How to apply for disability - where to apply

Qualifications for disability benefits

How to Prove you are disabled and Win your Disability Benefits

Qualifying for Disability - The Process

How to get disability for depression

Getting disability for fibromyalgia

SSI disability for children with ADHD

What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?

Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

Social Security Disability SSI Exam tips

More Social Security Disability SSI Questions

Social Security Disability SSI definitions

What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?

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Who can help me file for disability?

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?
Does the disability attorney fee have a cap?
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
Getting a Disability Lawyer in Arkansas

If you apply for disability in Arkansas

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

Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

Permanent Social Security Disability

What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?

Who is eligible for SSI disability?

Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?

What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?

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?

For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

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