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Description of this podcast segment
This segment discusses the topic of how to go about choosing a social security disability attorney (this information is equally applicable to the choosing of a social security disability non-attorney claimant’s representative as well).
The information covered in this segment emphasizes the importance of relying on one’s initial impressions regarding a prospective disability attorney. It also, however, underscores the fact that the quality of representation received may not be wholly apparent until the chosen representative has actually been “on the job” for some time.
Other points to consider, of course, when choosing a disability lawyer or a non-attorney representative are:
1. Does the prospective representative focus mainly on disability cases, or is their practice devoted to a number of various specialties? Tip – try to choose a representative who specializes in disability claim representation as such an individual will tend to have greater experience, a higher level of expertise, and, therefore, a better chance of winning your claim for social security disability or SSI benefits.
2. Does the prospective representative only handle cases after a claim has been denied? If this is the case and you are only at the point of initiating your own claim for social security disability or SSI, you may wish to forego calling this particular representative back once your own claim has been denied. Reason – you should choose a disability claim representative who is willing to take your case and help you win your claim regardless of the level your claim is currently at.