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Your North Carolina Disability lawyyer should be one that specializes in SSD and SSI
Note: The SSDI, SSI disability system is federal and nationally standardized, though there are state differences in approval rates, wait times, the number of appeals available--as of the time of this writing--and even the name given to the stage disability agency (DDS, or the Bureau or Division of Disability Determination). Now, to answer the question...
Someone mentioned to another person in a comment that they should get a lawyer that specializes in disability law and one that doesn't take a fee unless they win. So I thought I should point out a couple things.
1. While many disability lawyers who represent disability claims specialize in them and do only those kinds of case, some lawyers do work in a variety of areas and only occasionally do disability claims. You don't want this kind of lawyer.
Why? Because Social Security disability is actually somewhat complicated. While a person who goes to a hearing might not think that a lot has happened on their case (particularly if the attorney doesn't say much at the hearing), the truth is that a lot of case development goes into a case, including getting it ready for a hearing.
And the system itself is complex. Disability cases can be approved on the basis of listings, or based on a medical vocational determination that involves looking carefully at a person's medical records AND their work history as well. There are rules that apply based on a person's age and education and skills.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg. The truth is, disability claims require individuals who really do specialize in Social Security Disability cases. Because if they only dabble in these cases, they probably won't end up learning enough about how the system works so they can be effective.
What does all of this mean for the person who is looking for SSD or SSI representation? Make sure the person you choose does disability claims as their specialty. Also, consider using a non-attorney disability representative. Many non-attorney representatives are former disability examiners and former SSA field office workers (known as CRs or claims representatives). Some have even worked at hearings offices. These individuals have an understanding of the system from the inside looking out. And that can be a strong benefit.
Social Security currently allows non-attorneys who wish to to qualify for direct fee payment to take an examination established by congressional legislation which tests their knowledge of Social Security laws and regulations. It is an intensive exam. Attorneys are not required to take this exam and many would find that they could not easily pass this examination if they did.
2. No one who represents a disability claim, attorney or non-attorney, is allowed to charge a fee unless they win. This is because fees are governed by Congress. And attorney fees can only be paid out of a person's Social Security back pay. If the case is not won, there is no back pay and a fee is impossible. If anyone tries to charge a fee in any other way, they can be barred from representing disability claimants.
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