How Social Security Disability Lawyers May Be Able to Help
If you are filing for Social Security Disability benefits, consider getting help from an advocate. The nonprofit, National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR), states that two-thirds of claims are initially denied, and also that many claims are approved when appealed to a higher level of review. And, in December 2021, the National Bureau of Economic Research reported on a “Legal Representation in Disability Claims” study which found that “legal representation increases the probability of initial allowance by 23 percentage points.” Simply put, this means that the Social Security Disability claimants who engage an attorney to assist with their claim before submitting it for the initial review are 23% more likely to have their claim approved during that initial evaluation phase.
An experienced Social Security Disability attorney who understands the Disability application, determination, and appeal processes may help improve your chances of getting a favorable result.
It can be easy to overlook necessary paperwork and miss deadlines when filing for Social Security Disability benefits. On this page, we will elaborate on the many ways an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer in NC can help take the burden of filing a claim off your shoulders. We’ll also explain the cost of hiring a Disability attorney – how the majority of these attorneys get paid and how this contingency fee structure protects and helps you.
Let our Disability lawyers do the hard work for you. Call 1-866-900-7078 for a free case evaluation.
How Can a North Carolina Social Security Disability Attorney Help My Claim?
In addition to helping clients gather essential documents and records and keeping an eye on deadlines, a Social Security Disability lawyer can provide assistance in:
- Tackling Bureaucracy – There can be a lot of paperwork involved in a Social Security Disability claim. Your attorney can help ensure that regulations are followed and that paperwork is not overlooked or deadlines missed.
- Freeing Your Time – It is difficult to adjust to life with a new illness, injury, or disability. An attorney can focus on the legal aspects of your situation, freeing you to focus on healing — physically and emotionally.
- Highlighting Information — A Social Security Disability lawyer can highlight the most critical aspects of a case — which might increase your chance of success at the earliest stage possible. This is important because the appeals process can be lengthy.
- Providing Courtroom Experience — It can be very confusing to understand the best way to gather and index medical records, question witnesses, and interpret the complex rules and regulations that govern the Social Security administrative process if you have no legal experience. Learn more about what to expect in a Social Security Disability hearing.
- Increasing Odds of Success — Statistics show that claimants are more likely to win at the hearing stage than at the earlier levels of the process. In our experience, this is because this is the first time the claimant is seen in person and allowed the opportunity to testify. A bigger advantage is that these claimants are more likely to have attorneys by their side. An experienced attorney can help ensure that the record is organized, provide the judge with a succinct and issue-focused argument, and skillfully question the claimant and the expert witnesses.
Experience matters. Our firm’s Social Security Disability team is headed by attorney Rick Fleming, a North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability Law. Rick serves on the Board of Directors for the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) and was elected as the organization’s Secretary in 2020.
Allow us to put our experience and resources to work for you. Contact us today for a free case evaluation of your Social Security Disability case.
Can I Afford the Cost of a Social Security Disability Lawyer?
All too often, we see people forego their right to an attorney because they think they can’t afford the cost of one. In many cases, nothing could be further from the truth. Particularly in Social Security Disability law.
We understand that many people can be unemployed for a long time before their Social Security Disability case is resolved. We get it. Money can be tight. And the costs associated with working with a lawyer may seem intimidating. That’s why most attorneys, including the ones at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, work on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay no attorney’s fee unless we get you compensation.2 If you are awarded benefits, you pay no attorney’s fee until you receive Social Security Disability benefits.2 This allows people who are struggling financially and may need representation the most to have the benefit of legal guidance.
We like this arrangement. And based on our Social Security Disability client testimonials and reviews, we think our clients like it too.
How Does a Disability Lawyer Contingency Fee Structure Benefit Me?
If the Social Security Disability lawyer you hire is successful in getting you benefits, the federal government mandates a low contingency fee structure which is regulated by the Social Security Administration and Congress.
That contingency fee is limited to 25% of back-due benefits, or $6,000, whichever is less.
For example, if you are awarded back-due benefits of $10,000, your attorney can collect an attorney’s fee of $2,500 (25% of $10,000). But if you are awarded back-due benefits of $40,000, your attorney’s fee will be capped at only $6,000.
Contingency fees allow these clients to get the help they need to try to obtain the benefits they may deserve without having to pay up front.”
— Attorney Rick Fleming, Head of Social Security Disability, the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin
How Do I Contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin?
If you are disabled and need Social Security Disability benefits, let us try to help.
Contact us or call 1-866-900-7078 for a free and confidential evaluation. And afterwards, if we determine we may be able to help you, we will not charge you one penny in attorney’s fees unless you receive benefits.2