Hiring a Social Security Disability Attorney 

Many families fail to hire an attorney during their Social Security disability journey because they think they cannot afford an attorney. This is one of the most harmful myths in the Social Security disability application process – it means families miss out on help that they need. Social Security Disability attorneys do not charge an upfront fee; they only get paid if they win your case from a portion of your backpay. The amount the attorney can get paid is regulated by federal law, they can get 25% or up to $6,000, whichever is less. Attorneys may charge a small fee for copying and obtaining medical records, but that usually ranges from $100-$200. 

Hiring an attorney does not guarantee an approval in your Social Security disability claim, nothing guarantees an approval, but it gives you the best chance possible. If you get to the hearing stage of the Social Security disability process and are preparing to appear before a judge then you should hire an attorney to navigate you through this complex legal process, which includes: 

  • Knowing Administrative hearing policy and procedures; 
  • Knowing what a vocational expert is and how to cross-exam the vocational expert; 
  • Knowing the rules for submitting and reviewing evidence.  

Hiring an attorney at the hearing stage of the process can improve your odds of getting approved by 20%. No one with Huntington’s Disease, or any other disabling condition, should go to their Social Security disability hearing without a lawyer.  

If you need to hire a Social Security disability attorney, a good place to start is the National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives and their lawyer referral program. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.