If you or someone you know has been unable to work for an extended period of time because of a disability, and are otherwise eligible to receive social security benefits, then you may be eligible to receive social security disability benefits from the US government. If you find yourself in this situation, then being able to receive these benefits can have a significant impact on your long-term ability to provide for yourself and your family. It is important, therefore, that you present your case in the best light possible so that it leads to a successful outcome. The best way to ensure this is to hire a social security disability lawyer to help present your case. If you live in Seattle, WA, this article describes the benefits of engaging a Seattle disability lawyer to help with your case.
When choosing your lawyer, it is important that you do the required research on any prospective candidates. Initially (and at the very least), you will want to check that they have a valid license to practice law in Seattle and that they are in good standing with the relevant bar association. Once you establish these basics, you need to start looking at the lawyer’s education, experience (particularly relating to disability law) and how much they charge. While cost is always a factor, it may not always be the most important factor. Many lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means that they are only paid if there is a successful outcome in your case. In these situations, you can sign a fee agreement, which states that the SSA will pay a designated amount to the lawyer if your claim is approved.
The most important reason for hiring a lawyer is that they have experience in meeting the requirements for the disability benefit. This means that they can advise on the merits of your individual circumstances. To receive the disability benefit, for example, a person must have been employed in a job that provided social security and be incapable of performing any gainful activity (i.e. employment) because of their condition (which must have resulted from a medically identifiable physical or mental injury) and that has, or is expected to last, over a 12 month continuous period.
A disability lawyer in Seattle will be able to advise you on the specific medical criteria needed to meet the requirements of the disability pension. For example, you may be eligible to receive payments until you are able to return to work. This supplemental benefit includes work incentives that provide transitional help, including health care coverage, until your recovery.
It is important that your disability lawyer is someone that you can talk to and who understands your particular circumstances. Clear communication is vital and you should choose a lawyer you are comfortable with that has the time to spend with you during every aspect of your case as it progresses. You should never feel confused or uncertain about the way your case is progressing and having a competent lawyer at your side means you will increase your chances of receiving your due entitlements under the disability program.
Article written by Valerie Madden