Frequently Asked Questions
When should I file for Disability?
If you are unable to work due to illness or injury, and you are not likely to be able to return to work within 12 months, you should file for disability as soon as possible.
How long will it take?
Social Security processes most initial claims in 4-6 months
What should I do if my claim is denied?
Many valid claims are denied at the initial application level. You should absolutely request a hearing the first time your claim is denied. If you decide to wait and file another claim at a later time, it could be harder to win your case, and you could lose your ability to be awarded as much back pay as you are entitled to. Starting over also adds to the total time it could take for your benefits to be awarded.
How long will it take to get a hearing?
A hearing is usually scheduled 12-15 months after the Request for Hearing is filed. In some very strong cases, a judge can award benefits earlier in the process without a hearing.
Why do I need a lawyer?
Social Security laws require specific medical evidence that is often missing from your doctors’ notes. My job is to obtain the necessary evidence for your hearing, help you deal with the bureaucracy and paperwork, and prepare you for your hearing so that we can present the best possible case to the judge.
Can I hire you to file my claim? Would that help?
In many cases, I can file the initial claim for you and present evidence that can help social security accept your claim. Many valid claims are still denied, but if the medical evidence is right from the beginning your case can be on a more solid foundation for the hearing. This can especially help maximize your back pay.
How do I pay for a lawyer when I am already not working?
My attorney fees are paid out of your back pay after your benefits are approved. You won’t need to pay anything up front. The attorney fee is 25% of the back pay up to a maximum of $6000.