Did you know that getting social security benefits can be a hard, long, and complicated road? To get through it all you're going to need to work closely with your lawyer and their staff, but before you can do any of this, you are going to have to find a lawyer that is able to meet your needs.
To do this here are some useful tips that you can use while searching:
7. Gather as much info as you can before you decide to meet with the lawyer
It doesn't hurt to check out their website to see if they have any useful information regarding the process that you will go through to get your social security benefits. If all the information available is only about the lawyer or the law firm then you should consider looking around some more.
6. How do the staff treat you when you call their office?
Do they treat you like a welcomed visitor or do they try to rush you into seeing the lawyer? Are they helpful? Do they take the time to listen to your case? The lawyer is the one who will set the tone for the office, so the way the staff treat you is probably how the lawyer will act towards you.
5. Were you given a choice to meet with the lawyer?
Either in person or through a phone consultation? If they did not provide that option then they probably aren't a good choice.
4. Be sure to ask about their experience with handling SSD cases
Ask questions like, how long they have been handling cases; what percentage of their practice involves social disability cases, etc. Now, you are probably asking why should you ask these questions? Well, some lawyers may only commit a small amount of their actual time to cases such as yours, which makes it difficult for them to keep up with the ever changing rules and regulations. They may even be unfamiliar with the judges presiding, and in the end, make the ultimate decision for your case. You need a lawyer who devotes at least 50% or more of their time to social security disability cases.
3. Check the lawyers success rate for social disability cases
No lawyer has ever had a 100% success rate and none of them can guarantee a specific result. If they try to claim that they can, you should definitely look for a different lawyer. Every single case is different and the end result is based on the facts of the case. You should definitely ask them for their success rate, which. for a good one, should at least be 80% or higher.
6. Does the lawyer have any trial experience?
Trial lawyers will develop evidence by instinct -- it becomes second nature, so that they can present it in the courtroom and argue the case to the judge and or jury.
7. Does the lawyer have any medical or nursing training?
Social security disability cases are won or lost based mainly on the medical evidence and evidence of physical or psychological limitations. Therefore a lawyer with medical knowledge will be able to answer your questions & get you your SSD. An attorney will also be in a better position to present the evidence.
If you take all these tips and use them while searching for your social disability lawyer you are going to have a much smoother experience and will most likely find a lawyer capable of winning your case.
Fisher Law Group SSD NYC 80 Wall St #815, New York, NY 10005 (212) 256-1877 http://ssdlawyernyc.com