Definition of Social Security Disability Law
Sometimes people have medical conditions which prevent them from earning enough money to support themselves. The federal government provides these individuals with some basic income through social security disability payments. However, in order to receive these benefits, the person seeking social security disability payments must file an application.
Many initial applications for social security disability benefits are denied. Fortunately, they can be appealed four times: first, the application is reconsidered; next it goes to an administrative law hearing; then to a review by an appeals council; and last, it can be reviewed in federal court. Many applicants find they can file an initial application and have it reconsidered without help, but may hire an attorney for the administrative law hearing and later steps. An attorney can help gather documents and make convincing arguments in favor of benefits. Claimants who have an attorney with them at the hearing are more likely to be successful than those without. If you have already filed a claim and are thinking about hiring an attorney for your appeal, you may not want to delay. Appeals must be filed within a certain time frame, and you do not want to miss a deadline because you waited too long to hire a lawyer.
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Many social security disability attorneys practice only social security disability law, although some general practitioners will also work on social security disability claims. Social security disability attorneys are paid by the social security administration and only get paid if the claim is successful. However, attorneys may charge the claimant for out-of-pocket expenses, such as the cost of copying, traveling, or obtaining medical records.
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