How to Find a Disability Attorney

How to Find a Disability Attorney

After going through an illness or accident that has left you without the ability to work then you have to suffer further indignities as social security or your insurance company denies your claim.  Despite having paid into these programs for years when the time comes to collect they deny you coverage.  At this point in time you are going to need the services of an attorney to help you pursue your claim.  Here is some help on how to find a disability attorney.

Find a Local Attorney

The first thing you need is an attorney that is close to you or at least in the same city.  Traveling may not be easy for you and you need a lawyer who can practice in the jurisdiction where you are taking legal action.

Practice Area

You may already know a couple of lawyers but that doesn’t make them the right lawyer for you.  The first question you need to ask a potential lawyer is what their area of practice is.  Do they specialize in disability claims?  Finding a great attorney doesn’t do you any good if they specialize in real estate law.  You want an attorney that has a track record of competently resolving cases that are similar to yours.  They understand disability law and know how to win.

Always check out an attorney’s website as well as some review sites to see what former clients say about their experience. Most attorneys will give you a free consult allowing you to decide if this is someone that you can work with.

How the Billing Works

If you are seeking legal help in getting insurance or Social Security to pay your disability claim then chances are good that you don’t have a great deal of funds set aside to pay an attorney.  It is not unusual for disability claimants to not be able to pay large retainers up front.  Talk to your attorney to find out how they bill.  Some lawyers are happy to work on a contingency basis so that their fee comes out of the settlement that you get.  This allows you to pursue your claim without any risk to yourself or to have a lot of upfront cash.

Comfort Level

When you are pursuing a disability claim that means that you will be sharing medical information along with personal details pertaining to your case.  You need to be comfortable enough with your attorney to be able to do that.  Disability claims can also take time to go through the courts, it’s best to have a working relationship that leaves you feeling confident.