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Social Security Disability

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Navigating the Social Security Disability Claims Process

Individuals seeking Social Security Disability benefits often find themselves entangled in a complex web of paperwork and bureaucratic hurdles. Enlisting the assistance of a skilled Social Security Disability lawyer can dramatically simplify the process and reduce risk of denial.

The Social Security Disability Claims Process

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility for Disability requires (1) having a disability or blindness and (2) a sufficient work history.

Generally, the Social Security Administration (SSA) requires applicants to have a qualifying disability that prevents them from engaging in substantial gainful activity. Additionally, the disability should be expected to last for at least 12 months or result in death.

Application Process

The application process for Social Security Disability benefits involves meticulous documentation and adherence to deadlines. Individuals can apply online, by phone, or in person at a local Social Security office. Gathering comprehensive medical records, including diagnostic tests, treatment plans, and healthcare provider information, is crucial to supporting the disability claim.

Initial Review and Denials

Once the application is submitted, the SSA reviews the claim to determine eligibility. Unfortunately, a significant number of initial applications are denied. Common reasons for denials include insufficient medical evidence, incomplete applications, or failure to meet the disability criteria. In the event of a denial, applicants have the right to appeal the decision.

The Appeals Process

The appeals process consists of multiple stages, beginning with a reconsideration of the initial denial. Subsequent stages may involve a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, an appeal to the Appeals Council, and, if necessary, filing a lawsuit in federal court. Each stage requires careful preparation and presentation of evidence to strengthen the case.

The Role of a Social Security Disability Lawyer

Expertise in Disability Law

Navigating the intricate Social Security Disability claims process requires an in-depth understanding of disability law. Social Security Disability lawyers specialize in this area of law, possessing the knowledge and experience necessary to advocate for their clients effectively.

Application Assistance

From the outset, a Social Security Disability lawyer can provide invaluable assistance in preparing and submitting the initial application. By ensuring all necessary documentation is complete and accurate, lawyers increase the likelihood of approval during the initial review.

Gathering Medical Evidence

One of the key contributions of a Social Security Disability lawyer is the ability to gather and present compelling medical evidence. Lawyers work closely with healthcare providers to obtain detailed records, testimonies, and expert opinions that strengthen the case.

Appeals Representation

In the unfortunate event of a denial, a lawyer becomes even more crucial during the appeals process. Social Security Disability lawyers can represent their clients at hearings, present compelling arguments, cross-examine witnesses, and address legal issues that may arise.

How much will a Social Security Disability lawyer cost?

Contingency Fee Structure

One of the most appealing aspects of seeking legal representation for Social Security Disability claims is the contingency fee structure. In this arrangement, clients do not pay upfront fees or retainers. Instead, lawyers only receive payment if they successfully secure Social Security Disability benefits for their clients.

Maximum Fee Limitations

To protect clients, the Social Security Administration imposes limitations on the fees that lawyers can charge for their services. Currently, the maximum fee is set at 25% of the retroactive benefits awarded to the client, with a cap of $7,200. This fee structure ensures that legal representation is accessible to individuals facing financial constraints due to their disabilities.

No Fee Guarantee

Like most other reputable Social Security Disability law firms, Powell Klausing offers a "No Fee Guarantee," assuring you will not be responsible for legal fees unless we successfully secure Social Security Disability benefits on your behalf. This commitment aligns our firm's interest with your interest, with the shared goal of obtaining the benefits deserved.


Navigating the Social Security Disability claims process can be a daunting task, but with the support of a skilled and experienced Social Security Disability lawyer, individuals increase their chances of success. From the initial application to the appeals process, these legal professionals play a crucial role in advocating for their clients' rights and securing the benefits they need. The contingency fee structure ensures that legal representation is accessible to all, emphasizing the commitment of Social Security Disability lawyers to helping individuals overcome the challenges posed by disabilities and obtaining the financial support they deserve. Contact our firm to speak with an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer.