Good Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Disability Lawyer
If you are planning to file a disability claim, it is a wise idea to do so with the assistance of a disability attorney. Working with a lawyer speeds up the process, increases your likelihood of having your claim approved, and can help with your appeals process if you have to resubmit your request. But, it is important to hire the right lawyer. So, before you contact the first lawyer you find, take some time to find the perfect disability lawyer by asking the following questions.
Do you specialize in disability law?
Disability law can be complicated and knowing how the process works is an essential part of having a successful case. Although lawyers who specializes in another aspect of law have the education and credentials to represent you in court, they lack the experience with disability law that is often necessary to help clients have their claims accepted. It is much better to go with an experienced lawyer who specializes in disability law.
What are your fees?
Most often, disability lawyers are paid on a contingency basis. That means they only get paid if your case is won. Also, they may only charge up to 25% of your back pay up to a maximum of $6,000. If a lawyer quotes you more than that, it is a good indication that he or she is not honest and does not have your best interests in mind.
How many hearings do you average each week?
Most disability lawyers can usually cover at least two cases a week. This pace typically means the lawyer is busy but not overloaded. They have a strong client base and are continuing to gain experience all the time.
Will we meet before my court date?
Meeting with your attorney before your court date is not a requirement. However, it is a good idea. If an attorney is not willing to meet with you in person, it is a good indication to look for someone else to represent you.
What is your win rate?
This question is a good one to ask if you want to test the ethical nature of your prospective lawyer. Lawyers who brag about their win rate and promise positive results are engaging in unethical behaviors. Also, lawyers who try to impress potential clients with by citing high win rates are often guilty of obtaining those rates by dumping clients if the cases looks like it cannot be won, therefore inflating their results.
If you plan on filing a disability claim and would like to speak with a qualified and experienced disability lawyer, contact London Disability today. We can help you get the benefits you deserve.