Do I Need a Disability Lawyer to Appeal My Social Security Disability Denial?

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Posted by Corey Luedeman

Has your initial application for Social Security disability benefits been denied? If so, you are allowed to appeal this decision. You are not required to have an attorney at any point during the appeals process.

However, hiring an Iowa disability attorney to help you with your appeal greatly improves your chance of winning your claim. Here are 3 reasons why we recommend hiring an attorney if you have been denied disability benefits:

Iowa Social Security Disability Attorneys Work on Contingency

You may believe that you can’t afford to hire an attorney to help you with your claim. Fortunately, you don’t have to pay a disability attorney for their services unless you win your appeal. This is called “working on contingency”, and it means your lawyer doesn’t get paid unless you get paid.

Furthermore, there is a limit on how much of your back pay benefits they are entitled to receive. Social Security Disability lawyers are generally limited by law to 25% of your back pay or $6,000, whichever is less.

This does not include the expenses for your case, which can include medical records charges, postage, or opinions from your doctors. RSH Legal fronts these charges for our clients and only asks that you pay them if you win your case.

A Social Security Disability Lawyer Can Help with the Appeals Process

There are many benefits to hiring a disability attorney to help you with the appeals process. An experienced disability lawyer can:

  1. Monitor your claim as it is processed by the Social Security Administration and submit any additional or updated information as it moves through the appeals process.
  2. Track down your medical records and other documents necessary to support your claim, including doctors’ opinions on how your conditions affect your day-to-day life.
  3. Respond quickly to any denials in order to continue moving the appeals process forward.
  4. Prepare you and any witnesses for your hearing in front of an administrative law judge.

These are just a few of the ways an attorney can make the disability appeals process a little easier for you.

An Experienced Iowa Social Security Disability Attorney Knows the Judges in Their Area

The majority of disability cases are awarded benefits at the hearing level. At your hearing, an administrative law judge will look over your medical records and hear testimony from you, your doctors, and other witnesses about your limitations.

You don’t need an attorney for your hearing, but we recommend that you have one. A disability attorney who has worked in your area for a long time has attended hundreds of disability hearings. They will know the ruling records of each judge in the area and understand how to present your case to the judge for the best possible result.

If you have applied and been denied disability benefits, hiring an attorney is the best way to appeal Social Security’s decision. RSH Legal’s team has decades of experience and can help you get the disability benefits you deserve.

To get a free consultation, call 1-800-433-0283 today.

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