Finding a Local Social Security Disability Lawyer
Whether you live in Charleston, SC or Seattle, WA, finding the right social security disability attorney is key to a best-outcome scenario in your legal case. Here’s what you need to consider when it comes to finding the right SSDI lawyer.
How to Find a Disability Lawyer
If you have an attorney, ask them. Maybe you have an attorney that handled your estate planning recently. Ask them whether they might have any referrals to attorneys dealing with SSDI Law. You might think, “How would they know?” Surprisingly attorneys have a vast network of connections, often with lawyers that work outside of their practice. Referrals between attorneys are a large part of how they receive casework.
Consult your family or friends or maybe even social network. If you’re on social media, you’ll probably occasionally see people on Facebook ask for recommendations. If you feel comfortable with it, asking your personal connections might be a good way to secure the right SSDI lawyer, because they may have had a similar experience as you and will be able to refer the right attorney. You can also ask your friends or family via phone calls or in-person conversations, but sometimes social media can be good for this.
Ask someone who has lived with a disability. Maybe you’re going to a rehabilitation center or hospital to treat your disability. This might be a good place to ask for attorney referrals, maybe even from medical personnel or patients. It may be important to ask someone who has gone through the process, like a patient, because they will be able to inform you about their personal experience as opposed to a medical professional who might refer them without having extensive experience working with them.
Do a Google search. It’s simple, but it works. And better yet, with Google reviews, you might be able to read unbiased reviews about prospective lawyers and firms. There are also tools like Angie’s List and Yelp that might be worth looking into.
Search a local bar association. Every state and county has a bar association, so this might be a good place to look for an attorney in your area. On most bar association websites, there’s a section for people to search for lawyers by practice. All you would need to do is type in “social security disability” and click enter, and you could be set up with the right attorney for you.
Questions to Ask about a Disability Attorney
When you’re asking friends, family, or someone with a disability about a disability attorney, you’ll want to consider the following:
- Whether the lawyer was attentive in answering the person’s questions
- Whether the lawyer was able to explain everything to the person in a manner that where they understood exactly what was going on
- Whether the client was responsive, meaning that they answered their phone calls, emails, texts, and messages in a timely manner
- Whether the lawyer adhered to deadlines and showed up when they needed to
Meeting your Disability Attorney
When you finally go to meet your prospective disability attorney in person, you will want to make sure of a few things:
- That you feel comfortable with them and feel like you could trust them. After all, you are entrusting them with something important and could be spending a lot of time with them.
- That you feel you are being listened to. If they’re trying to kick you out the door fast, that might not be the best impression. You want to make sure you feel like your concerns are being heard.
- That they are not passing judgment on you. One thing a good attorney does is not pass judgment on your actions.
Questions to Ask Your Disability Attorney
- Does the attorney have any experience winning cases for someone with your medical condition?
- Are there certain days your attorney isn’t available to work or any conflicts within the next year? (This is helpful with scheduling, especially if you need your hearing to be scheduled as soon as possible.)
Either way, whatever you end up doing when it comes to seeking help with social security disability, you will need to hire an attorney, as they can easily make the difference between winning and losing a case. We hope these suggestions help you to find the right one.
If you think you might want to hire a disability lawyer to help you receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, contact Lowery Law Group at email@example.com or call (843) 991-0733. There is no fee for a free consultation regarding your claim. Lowery Law Group is experienced in handling cases in South Carolina as well as Georgia.