For many legal proceedings, it's acceptable for an individual to represent himself or herself during trials and hearings without the guidance of an attorney. This is true of Social Security Disability (SSD) applications and appeals as well, but there are many benefits to hiring an attorney.
Attorneys at the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod and Baril, PLLC, thoroughly understand the complicated SSDI application and appeals processes, including timelines and how to properly file paperwork. This knowledge allows us to advocate for your best interests throughout your case.
Attorneys vs. Non-Attorney Representatives
The Social Security Administration (SSA) allows trained non-attorney representatives to handle disability claims if they meet certain criteria. These representatives are not licensed lawyers, but they often charge similar fees as lawyers.
You should turn to a licensed attorney who thoroughly understands the law and can represent you at all levels of appeals processes.
Regardless of your final decision, it's important to remember that you must notify the SSA if you are planning to use a lawyer or a representative at least 60 days before the start of your hearing.
Some studies show that claimants who have an attorney representing them at SSDI hearings are roughly twice as likely to receive benefits than those who don't. This is largely due to the fact that an attorney is able to:
- Gather medical records
- Obtain a physician's opinion of your condition
- Study and assess your medical records
- Coach you for questions asked by the administrative law judge
- Ask the vocational expert (hired by the SSA for the hearing) critical questions during cross-examination
SSA Rules And Regulations
Attorneys at Ogle, Elrod and Baril, PLLC, have years of experience representing clients during initial application and subsequent Social Security Disability appeals processes.
Calling our Knoxville firm can only increase your chances for obtaining benefits. All cases are handled on a contingency basis, meaning you don't pay if we don't recover compensation for you.
Contact the helpful, experienced staff at the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod and Baril, PLLC, to schedule a free consultation. Call 800-888-3192 to get the assistance you need.