Every case that disability lawyers take are a little different and as a result the cases are all handled a little differently. Although there are differences, there are also similarities on how disability lawyers in Burlington go about preparing for a disability hearing.
The first step:
Nothing happens until you, the client, contact a lawyer for representation. The lawyer or someone on the staff will first evaluate your case. The idea of this initial review is to gather the facts; the facts are used by the lawyer to determine if there is a valid case. As the legal fee is paid out of the past due award that might be granted; it is important for the lawyers to know that the case has a good chance to prosper. If, in the opinion of the lawyer the case has little chance of winning at appeal, you can expect that the lawyer will decline representing you.
If your case looks good; then what?
Prior to your hearing date your disability lawyers in Burlington will gather all available medical records from your physician, hospital, therapist, etc. These records will be submitted to the Administration prior to the scheduled date of your hearing before an Administrative Law Judge.
If your lawyers are of the opinion that it will strengthen your case they will arrange to introduce witnesses that can testify to the extent of your disability. Bear in mind that the Administration can also bring experts in to question the applicant.
One of the most important tasks of your lawyers is to prepare you for the hearing. As your lawyer will have gone through many hearings in the past, he or she knows what questions to expect. What is of paramount importance is honesty, even if the answers are awkward, if your lawyer is to be successful it is important that everything be laid out in advance of the hearing.
When you hire disability lawyers in Burlington you are hiring an advocate that will present your application for Social Security disability benefits in such a way as to best support your case. To discuss your particular situation further you are invited to contact the Law Office of Elizabeth A Patterson.