Filing for Social Security disability in Maryland doesn’t need to be a completed process. Usually, people make it more complicated than it needs to be. This process always begins with your initial communication to the Social Security Administration at one of their offices. This is the Social Security disability process overview.
Starting the Process.
If you applied for Social Security disability benefits on your own and your claim was denied, you have a 60-day deadline to file an appeal. Using an SSI advocate for your appeal is a wise decision since you are probably relying on the benefits for financial help, and an attorney can improve your chances of receiving your benefits. While the thought of legal fees might scare you away from hiring an attorney, disability attorney fees are a set amount and quite affordable for people applying for disability benefits. If you are denied disability in Maryland, London Disability Advocates can help you with your appeal.
When you first hire an SSI attorney, you must file a fee agreement that gets submitted to Social Security. The fee for Social Security disability lawyers is limited to 25% of the past-due benefits you are entitled to, up to a maximum of $6000. Keep in mind that your attorney will only be paid out of your back pay, so you won’t need to worry about paying your attorney from your future disability benefits. To make things even easier for you, the SSA will automatically pay your lawyer out of the past due benefits you will eventually receive.
Another thing that makes hiring an SSI advocate financially easier is that they are paid on contingency. Contingency means that the lawyer will only be paid if you win your claim. Not only does this help you financially, but your disability attorney will also do many things to ensure you win your case and receive the benefits that are due to you. Often, they will even negotiate a higher amount of back pay owed to you as well. Contingency also means you don’t need to pay a retainer or upfront legal fees for your disability claim.
Keep in mind that there may be a small amount of medical record costs to you to appeal your claim. The school, work, and medical records your SSI attorney needs to obtain aren’t always free, and there are some copying and postage costs involved as well. Typically, these out-of-pocket costs won’t cost you more than $200, and you should only have to pay for what is needed.
Your odds of winning a disability claim before a judge are decreased when you don’t have an attorney or advocate representing you. Though an attorney is not required, not hiring one could result in unnecessarily lost disability benefits. Contact London Disability Advocates in Maryland for your SSI advocate needs.
- Phone: 877-978-3136
- FAX: (410) 752-0465
- Email: info@LondonDisability.com