Do you have a question before contacting a Social Security Attorney? You are not the only one! Hence we have put a few of the most frequently asked questions – and our answers. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any other questions. 

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Question 1: Do I need an attorney for my Social Security SSDI/SSI Disability claim?

Courts don’t require you to have a representative. However, the numbers indicate that claimants have a better chance of success with a representative. A qualified representative assists in developing your case at the initial application level, reconsideration level, and at hearings before administrative law judges. Roughly seven out of every ten claimants are denied at the initial application level. At the hearing level, the numbers are closer to a 50/50 chance, but having experienced counsel increases that number. Your quality of life and that of your family should not be luck of the draw.

It is important to realize that Social Security Disability is complex and takes time. The system can also be frustrating for individuals who are truly disabled and unable provide for their families. From the start of the initial application process to getting a hearing with an administrative law judge can take over two years. I take a great deal of pride in developing contacts with agencies that assist individuals in pursuing treatment for their conditions, financial assistance for home and utility bills, and returning to financial independence. The goal is to get you healthy and capable of returning to the workforce!

Question 2: How much do I have to pay upfront? What will I owe you?

There is no upfront fee or charge for my service. I routinely do free consults by phone or in-person with individuals who consider filing for Social Security SSDI/SSI Disability benefits. If you choose me to represent you to Social Security, I only collect a fee if two things are met: 1) If I win your case! and 2) If there are back benefits owed to you.

The law sets the fee for my services. That is 25% of back benefits only, and this is only if we win. The fee also has a cap so that I can only receive a certain amount from each particular case I win.

Question 3: Can I receive Social Security SSDI/SSI Disability benefits if I have Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a difficult condition to treat. Your doctor, likely a rheumatology specialist, will perform a number of tests to exclude other causes for your joint pain, chronic fatigue, and brain fog. Social Security enacted laws to assist in awarding benefits to individuals with Fibromyalgia. It requires a great deal of medical documentation.

In my almost ten years of practice, I have worked with many claimants suffering from Fibromyalgia. If you or someone you know have questions regarding Fibromyalgia and how to document this condition with Social Security, do not hesitate to contact me for assistance.

Question 4:  Will you schedule an in-office appointment with an attorney?

Yes.  If you would like to meet with an attorney for a meeting, then we will make it happen.  You may have heard that many firms practice in multiple areas of the law.  Still others who specialize in Social Security Disability cover such a large area, it is extremely difficult to meet with your attorney on any type of regular basis.

We are a little different.  Your case will not be passed along to a caseworker, placing you in position of having no routine contact with your attorney.  Anytime you have questions about the direction your claim is going, you will have an opportunity to speak directly with the attorney.

West Alabama Disability specializes in Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  We work closely with you to assist in your claim for benefits.   We will also help you pursue healthcare, housing, and other necessities. Do not hesitate to contact us by phone with questions or to schedule an appointment to speak with an attorney.