What do disability lawyers do?

What do disability lawyers do?

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    Trying to get Social Security Disability Benefits can be a lot to handle. It’s challenging enough to have a disability. At Empower Disability, our team of disability lawyers focuses on giving support and advice. We work hard to make sure our clients get the benefits they deserve.  

    If you don’t know where to start, we’re here to help. Below we answer questions including what is disability law and who needs a disability lawyer. Read on to learn what disability lawyers do and how we can help you get your benefits. 

    What is disability law? 

    Disability law makes sure that people with disabilities are treated fairly. It is a set of rules that covers different parts of life, including school and work. Its goal is to stop unfair treatment and make sure everyone has the same chances.  

    This is the type of law Empower Disability focuses on. We go a step further by focusing on Social Security Disability Benefits. We believe that people with disabilities should have power over their future.  

    Social Security Disability Benefits 

    If a person can’t work because of their disability, benefits are available. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are two programs under disability law. This is what we focus on at Empower Disability. 

    These two benefits are different. Your lawyer can help you decide which one is best for you. Both may also be available to you.  

    Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) 

    If you have a lot of recent work history, chances are you have paid into the Social Security system. You’ve probably paid into it through taxes held on your paycheck. If so, this type is available to you.  

    Supplemental Security Income (SSI)  

    If you haven’t worked in recent years or have income below certain levels, SSI is available to you. People typically get SSI when they don’t qualify for SSDI. You can also get SSI while waiting for your SSDI payments.  

    Who needs a disability lawyer?

    Who needs a disability lawyer? 

    At Empower Disability, we assist people in getting their Social Security Disability benefits. Some of our clients even need help when their claims are denied. Below are situations where it’s really important to get legal help from the Empower Disability team. 

    When You Need Social Security Disability Benefits 

    Unable to work because of a disability? You may be able to get benefits. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can help you. 

    Applying for these can be tricky. It’s not always clear if you’ll be approved. That’s where a disability lawyer comes in. We can guide you through the application process and increase your chances of getting approved. 

    When Appealing a Denied Disability Claim 

    Sometimes, disability claims don’t get approved. But if your application is denied, you can appeal, and a disability lawyer can be a big help. Please note that you have 60 days to file a disability appeal.  

    Disability lawyers can take care of the appeal for you, giving support all along the way. We have experience in spotting errors that could get your claim denied again. This support can increase the chances of turning around the decision. 

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    What are the responsibilities of a disability lawyer?

    What are the responsibilities of a disability lawyer? 

    Disability lawyers have a lot of jobs. The most important one is to make sure the rights of people with disabilities are protected.  

    At Empower Disability, we focus on protecting the rights of folks who are trying to get Social Security Disability Benefits. 

    Below are a few of our responsibilities. 

    We listen to your story. 

    At Empower Disability, we begin with a free consultation. We want to hear your story. We’ll listen to you and review your medical records. This will help us determine if you qualify. If you do qualify for benefits, we’ll put together the best plan for success.  

    We explain the legal process and your rights. 

    It’s important that you understand your rights. We help you understand the legal process and your rights as it relates to disability law. We’ll explain your best options and answer any questions you have. We’re happy to provide answers until you feel comfortable with moving forward. 

    We organize all evidence for you. 

    You don’t have to worry about gathering evidence. That’s our job. Our team will collect information to build your claim, including:  

    • Medical records 
    • Employment history 
    • Witness statements 
    • Other required information  

    We submit your claim. 

    Once your claim has been built, we’ll submit it for you. We will make sure it is filed correctly. You don’t need to worry about sending it on time. We will make sure you are ahead of all deadlines.  

    We stand up for you in legal proceedings. 

    Legal proceedings can be scary. Don’t worry, you won’t have to face them alone. Our team will be your voice in legal proceedings. We’ll work hard to protect you and your claim.  

    We keep you updated. 

    We’re here to answer your calls and questions. At every step, we’ll keep you updated. You’ll always know what is happening with your claim. This is one of the ways we give power back to our clients.  

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    What are the benefits of hiring a disability lawyer? 

    A disability attorney focuses only on disability law. This means they have a lot of knowledge and experience with disability claims. Disability attorneys can use this knowledge to get better results for clients. Below are just a few of the benefits of hiring a disability lawyer. 

    Experts in Disability Law 

    We have helped thousands of people. Our team has over 40 years of combined experience in disability law. We’ve dealt with all kinds of situations, so we’re ready to handle your challenges. 

    When you choose Empower Disability, you get access to our knowledge. We understand laws, rules, and past legal decisions related to your case. You don’t have to figure out these things on your own – we’re here to help you. 

    Better Chance of an Approved Claim 

    Our team works hard to build strong applications. We do it every day. You can rest easy knowing that we will prepare and deliver your Social Security Disability claim. We’ll also make sure that it is submitted on time and with all accurate information.  

    Better Chance of an Approved Appeal 

    If your claim isn’t approved the first time, we encourage you to submit an appeal. A disability attorney can help you with the appeals process. This will increase your chance of a better result.  

    We can guide you through the process, gather any additional evidence, and stand up for you in hearings. We’ll fight to overturn your denial, increasing your chance of an approval. 

    Less Stress and Worry 

    It can be stressful to handle legal processes. A disability is challenging enough. Worry less about your legal case by trusting a supportive team.  

    You don’t have to handle your claim alone. By working with Empower Disability, you can pass this responsibility to a team that does it every day. 

    Low-Cost Support 

    Legal support can cost a lot. We believe expensive lawyer fees shouldn’t stand in your way. You are already dealing with a disability and loss of work. We don’t want to make things harder for you. 

    That is why we offer support on what is called a “contingency fee basis.” With Empower Disability, you don’t pay us until you win. 

    How do I choose a disability lawyer? 

    The right disability lawyer can increase your chances of success. With so many lawyers to choose from, it can be challenging to pick the right one. We recommend thinking through the following when choosing your disability lawyer. 

    Find a Lawyer Who Specializes in Social Security Disability Law 

    Don’t just choose a disability lawyer. Choose a lawyer who specializes in Social Security disability law. There’s a difference. 

    Some disability lawyers focus on workplace discrimination. This is not the type of lawyer you need for your social security disability benefits.  

    At Empower Disability, we only focus on Social Security Disability Benefits. That’s it. Our focus means more success in getting benefits for our clients—and you. 

    Read Reviews from Other Clients 

    Don’t just take our word for it. See what our clients have to say. At the end of the day, disability lawyers work hard for their clients. If our clients are happy, then we’ve done our job.  

    Be sure to see what others say about the law firms you are looking at. How do they treat their clients? Do they answer questions? Did they stay professional? Did their clients receive their Social Security Disability quickly? 

    In the next section, we’ll share reviews from our clients. You can also read our reviews here 

    Schedule Meetings and Ask Questions 

    It’s important to ask questions. Your money will be resting in the hands of your legal team. Many law firms offer free consultations, where you’ll have the ability to ask questions, such as:  

    • What is your experience with handling Social Security Disability Benefits cases? 
    • How much do I need to pay for your services? 
    • How do you let clients know what is happening with their claim? 
    • How do you help people through the legal process? 
    • Can you share stories of how you’ve helped other people? 
    • How well do you know the laws about Social Security Disability Benefits? 

    Think About How Easy It Is to Get to Their Office 

    A law firm that focuses on disability law needs to make sure its office is easy for everyone to use. If they help people with disabilities, their office should be set up to welcome everyone. Do they offer parking spots close to the front door? Are there wheelchair ramps or lifts? A disability law firm should offer ease and comfort to every client.  

    Other Things to Think About 

    • Did the lawyer make you feel comfortable in your first meeting? 
    • Did they listen to you and make you feel heard? 
    • Did they answer all of your questions? 
    • Do you feel more informed after meeting with them? 
    • Do you understand how you are supposed to pay them? 
    • Do you need a second opinion on whether or not you qualify? 

    Disability Law Success Stories 

    We’ve helped thousands of Louisianians secure their Social Security Disability Benefits. Below are a few of our success stories. 

    “I am eternally glad for Monica’s help getting the wheels moving and helping finish my Social Security Disability claim. She handled every part of the claim. . . . I don’t think I ever could have gotten it taken care of on my own. I’m sincerely thankful for her assistance.” 

    – Charles Zarate via Google Reviews 

    “Honestly they were the best and made me feel like I was family. . . . (My attorney) had to be the most caring attorney ever. . . . I’m forever thankful.” 

    – Cheyenne Phelps via Google Reviews 

    “I spent way too much time trying to get through the Social Security system myself . . . The Social Security system is designed to impede people at every turn. I couldn’t figure it out for the life of me. Thankfully I found these guys, and they had my Social Security Disability up and running in a pretty short time. They were a life saver.” 

    – Kathryn Brunet via Google Reviews 

    “Ms. Suzette Murphy and staff are very professional. They always answered any questions or concerns that I had. Ms. Murphy took the time to and effort to fully understand my case and represented me with that same diligence.” 

    – Gwendolyn Simms via Google Reviews 

    Read more of our reviews here 

    Choose Louisiana’s Trusted Disability Law Team 

    Get closer to safety and security. From Hammond to New Orleans to Gretna, and everywhere in between, we’re proud to serve our Louisiana community. We represent hard-working people and help them reclaim their lives.  

    Book a free consultation with our team to get help in applying for your Social Security Benefits.