In short, no. However, the numbers reveal that attorney represented claimants have nearly a doubled chance of success in the process. Given the astronomically low number of acceptances and the time involved in appeals, we believe it is in your best interest to use an attorney from point of application forward.
Our fees in these matters are always contingent and are dependent on the facts and circumstances of the case. The SSA mandates by law that we not charge more than 25% with a $6,000 maximum fee. This maximum is lifted if the case requires appeal to a federal court.
Following a denial you have a right to appeal up to a federal court. You have a right to request reconsideration, a right to a hearing before an administrative law judge, a review of the administrative law judge’s decision by the appeals council, and review by a federal judge. This is a very time consuming process that may last multiple years. For example, it is often well over two years before a decision is made by an administrative law judge.
Yes. They generally review cases every three years. However, disability determinations are rarely overturned.
Medicare eligibility begins after you have received 24 months of social security disability benefits.