If you are disabled, either physically or mentally, and you believe that you will be unable to work for an extended period, you have the right to claim disability benefits from Social Security. Although you can prepare and defend your claim without legal guidance, it is always a good idea to hire a seasoned disability lawyer in Knox County.
Before you do this, it is important that you are aware of the cost and benefits of legal assistance. The costs are quite straightforward as they are mandated by the federal government. In the event you win your case, your disability lawyer will be paid the lesser of 25 percent of your back pay or $6,000. Should you fail, and be denied benefits, you do not have to pay the lawyer anything other than incidental “out of pocket” expenses that were incurred during your appeal.
There are many benefits of hiring a disability lawyer:
The primary benefit of being represented is the fact that your chances of winning your claim are significantly better than they would be if you were to represent yourself. Of course, some claimants do win their case without the assistance and guidance of a lawyer, but statistics indicate the chances of winning are far better when a claimant is represented by experienced counsel.
When you first claim, a lawyer can advise you on the alleged onset date of your disability and argue that your disability meets the Social Security Administrations’ definition of your condition.
When your claim reaches the hearing stage, your disability lawyer in Knox County will prepare a brief for the Administrative Law Judge that will hear your case. Your lawyer will provide the ALJ with current medical evidence as well as a supporting opinion from your physician. As your lawyer will have represented many clients in front of this judge, he or she will be in a position to prepare to answer the questions that, based on experience, are most likely to be asked.
Although you can claim disability benefits without the guidance and assistance of a disability lawyer your chances of winning your claim are far better if you hire a lawyer. If you are looking for an experienced disability lawyer in Knox County, contact the Law Offices of Miller & Drozdowski, P.C. Like us on our facebook page.