When Does a Disability Warrant an Attorney?
If you are suffering from a serious injury or illness, hiring a disability attorney may be the furthest thing from your mind. In reality, however, nothing may be more beneficial to you and your family than seeking legal representation. This is especially true if your employer and/or insurance company has refused to grant you the necessary medical and/or monetary benefits you need to survive.
Unfortunately, however, the decision to hire an attorney may raise more questions than it answers. For example, where do you begin looking for an attorney? What traits should your lawyer possess? And, perhaps most importantly, how much should you expect to pay for legal representation?
In the next few paragraphs, you will find the answers to these questions, as well as general advice on coping with your situation. Please remember, however, that these are only general guidelines, and you should feel free to further research your situation whenever possible.
Finding the Right Disability Attorney for You
As you begin searching for a qualified legal representative, keep your focus on finding the right disability attorney for you. Just as your physician may not be the best pick for your spouse, your best friend's attorney may not be the best choice for your case. While suggestions from friends and family members may be helpful, do not feel constrained to them. Search through your local yellow pages, and make sure you do an online search for attorneys in your area. Be aware that disability law, just like criminal law, is a specialty, and you should search for attorneys who work primarily in your field. For example, you should be able to find a disability attorney who works solely in the field of social security disability!
As you begin to research specific lawyers, remember that this individual will have access to your medical records and, in some cases, your criminal and/or financial history. Therefore, an attorney should make you feel comfortable and should be upfront and honest about your chances of winning. Be wary of those who wish to charge upfront for their services or those who are reluctant to share stories of their past successes.
Finally, most reputable law firms offer free, no-obligation consultations, and most charge no fee unless they win or settle your case. This makes it financially advantageous to hire an attorney in many cases, especially those where insurance benefits were denied the first time around.
With a little time and research, you should be able to find a qualified disability attorney who will make it easier to navigate the murky waters of disability law. Good luck!
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