If you are about to prepare your initial application for Social Security disability benefits it is a good idea to at least consult with a disability lawyer in Evanston. Some disability lawyers would rather see you make the initial application and be denied benefits; others prefer to be involved from the outset.
How are the legal fees calculated?
The fee that a disability lawyer can charge is fixed by law; it is 25 percent of the back pay you receive up to a maximum of $6,000. If you are applying for Supplemental Security Income your back pay is dated from the month after you first apply, if you are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance the back pay can go back further, it can go back to a year before your application under certain conditions.
The disability lawyer in Evanston is obliged to take your case under a contingency fee arrangement. It is only if you are successful in winning benefits that you have to pay the lawyer; this is a great arrangement actually as you can well afford to get the best legal help available and the lawyer is motivated to perform well on your behalf otherwise he or she will not be paid.
What does a disability lawyer do?
Social Security law is very complex; as a layperson it will prove difficult to understand. Based on the available statistics, applicants that are represented by a lawyer have a better chance of success than those that “go it alone.”
A disability lawyer can guide you on which disability listing you can meet as well as those you can’t, the lawyer can coordinate with your doctor to ensure that your medical reports support the specific requirements of the listing.
Perhaps the biggest benefit of having a disability lawyer in Evanston is when you head to an appeals hearing. Your lawyer can submit you and your medical condition during the hearing in the best possible light. Visit www.rabinsslaw.com for more details.