The Pros and Cons of Hiring Legal Representation While Filing for SSDI

The Pros and Cons of Hiring Legal Representation While Filing for SSDI

Pros and Cons

If you have a disability that is preventing you from working, then you will want to submit a claim for social security disability insurance (SSDI). Unfortunately, not everybody is approved, even if they should qualify. This often occurs due to an issue with the paperwork, which is why many people choose to work with a social security disability advocate. A social security disability advocate will be able to guide you through the application or appeal process to ensure that you dot your I’s and cross your T’s.

If you’re thinking about hiring a social security disability advocate but aren’t sure if that’s an expense that you want to incur, compare the following pros and cons of working with an SSDI advocate:

 

The Pros of an SSDI Legal Advocate

There are many benefits from working with an SSDI advocate, which include the following:

  • SSDI legal advocates work on contingency– The major reason many people don’t hire SSDI advocates is that they think that they are too expensive. However, they work on a contingency basis, which means that you don’t pay unless your application or appeal is approved and you receive back payments.
  • Reduce errors – A huge number of initial applications are rejected. This is often due to incomplete medical records, gaps in treatment history or inconsistent reports. An SSDI legal advocate knows what’s needed to get approved or to make a successful appeal and will ensure that there are no errors.
  • SSDI legal advocates have access to experts – SSDI advocates can help you prove your disability via their connections with medical or vocational experts.

 

The Cons of an SSDI Legal Advocate

Although there are many pros to working with an SSDI legal advocate, it’s important that you consider the drawbacks as well. The following are a few of the cons to consider:

  • You will have to pay them – Although there are no upfront fees, you will have to pay your legal advocate if they are successful in helping you obtain disability insurance. Fortunately, their fee is limited by law. They can only take the lesser of 25 percent or up to $6,000 of the back pay that you are awarded.
  • You can’t just use any legal representative – You’ll need one experienced with the SSDI application and appeals process. Additionally, you’ll want to work with a reputable legal advocate. A bad advocate could do a bad job. Even though you’re only paying for results, the longer it takes to get approved for SSDI payments, the more of a financial strain it’s likely to cause if you can’t work.

There are few drawbacks to using a social security disability advocate. In fact, because the amount of money that a legal advocate can make off of SSDI cases is capped the way it is, most legal advocates that handle SSDI cases do so because they want to help people, not because of the money. Because of this, and the fact that they’ll help increase the chances that your application or appeal is approved, hiring a social security disability advocate is generally a good idea.

At Social Security Disability Advocates USA, we are here to help connect you with a legal representative in your area. Please call us toll-free at 866-377-7977 or through the online contact form.

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