Developing a Disability Case
The simple fact of the matter is this: the vast majority of SSDI and SSI claimants will have no idea how to properly and thoroughly prepare a disability case for a hearing, whereas an attorney has a high level of familiarity and expertise with Social Security rules and regulations.
In many cases, an attorney will have several years of invaluable SSDI and SSI claim experience to lend to a claimant’s disability case. A disability attorney will know what a judge will be looking for with a particular medical condition, and will know what questions to ask your doctor.
The process for determining a claimant’s initial case by the Social Security Administration can be found here: http://www.ssa.gov/disability/determination.htm
The process appears to be relatively easy. However, the process can be timely and overwhelming for claimants who are new to SSA.
Disability attorneys get paid on contingency (only if you win). That means your success is centered around the attorney’s performance, ensuring that an SSDI or SSI claim will have the best chance of winning. This includes tracking down important medical records and test results, obtaining detailed statements from a claimant’s treating physicians, and, at the time of the hearing, applying a thorough understanding of SSA regulations and prior rulings to the disability adjudication process.