Great disability attorneys work one on one with their disabled clients throughout the case.
The more your attorney meets with you, the more your attorney knows about your case. That gives you the best chance of success. Barring an emergency, you should expect that your case will be handled by the same attorney throughout your case. Meeting your attorney the day of the hearing is not the same as having one person who has worked with you for months, going over your medical records and work history with you and preparing you for a hearing before a Social Security judge.
Before allowing anyone to represent you in your disability case, always ask how often will you meet with your attorney during your case.
Great disability attorneys advise their clients about the issues in their cases and work with them to highlight to strengths and improve the shortcomings.
Did you know:
- that proving you are unable to perform any of your past work is not the same as proving you are disabled.
- that a statement by your physician that you are limited to "light duty" usually is interpreted by Social Security to mean you are not disabled.
- that the opinion of a nurse practitioner or physician's assistant is not entitled to as much weight as a medical doctor.
A great disability attorney will reach out to your physician and ask for his or her medical opinions about your limitations.
What if you don't have a physician on your side? Don't worry. Many, many disabled people did not have one of their doctors speak on their behalf. A skilled disability works with the evidence in the case and knows how to win cases without a treating physician's opinion.
Great disability attorneys surround themselves with a skilled and dedicated team. No attorney can do everything in any case. He or she needs a skilled staff to assist with the case, providing information to Social Security, checking in with your doctors for updated medical evidence, helping you with your questions--letting you know what is going on with your case and putting you in touch with your attorney.