Do I have to have an attorney represent me?
No, you can represent yourself in your pursuit of benefits. However, navigating through the process of your claim can be difficult and many claimants that chose to represent themselves make mistakes along the way that cost them the benefits that they deserve. We can help you avoid mistakes and meet the deadlines related to your claim. We believe that our knowledge and experience handling claims will give you the best chance at receiving a favorable decision.
How much does an attorney cost?
There are no fees to begin our representation for your claim. We will handle all of the costs of retrieving your medical documents, processing your claim, and preparing your arguments. Until you successfully receive the benefits you deserve, we do not get paid. The Social Security Administration has set the fee for representatives on disability claims at 25% of past-due benefits and the fee is capped at $6000.
What is an acceptable medical source?
Acceptable medical sources include licensed physicians, psychologists, optometrists, podiatrists, qualified speech-language pathologists
What is acceptable documentation?
Acceptable documentation includes physician's medical reports, hospital records, lab reports
What factors are used to evaluate the weight of a treating source?
- The relationship between physician and patient
- The length, frequency, and type of treatment
- The internal supportability of the doctor's reports
- The consistency with opinions of the other evidence of record
- The specialization of the physician
Can I use evidence from a non-medical source?
Evidence from non-medical sources is not considered to be persuasive evidence and cannot be used to establish medically determinable impairments. However, opinions from non-medical sources may be used to support evidence from an established medical source.
What if I have new evidence to support my claim?
Claimants are required to submit and inform the social security administration of any and all evidence that relates to the disability claim, whether supportive or not. Evidence must be submitted within 5 days of a hearing without an exception for a good cause.
Do I have a good cause that warrants a late submission of evidence?
Exceptions to the 5-day rule concerning the submission of evidence include:
- a serious illness or death in a claimant's immediate family
- important records pertaining to your claim have been damaged or destroyed in the result of a fire or other serious accident
- the claimant sought evidence actively and diligently, but the evidence was not provided by the source
- the claimant's physical, mental, educational, or linguistic limitations preventing informing the social security administration earlier
What does it mean to equal the listing?
Equaling the listing means that your condition only meets the secondary criteria associated with a disease's listing, but there are enough restrictive components surrounding your overall condition that warrants receiving benefits