What Happens in a Free Case Evaluation for Disability?

    

 

When you think of Georgia SSDI lawyers, what comes to mind? For many, the answer will be having an advocate in their corner, but at a hefty cost they simply can’t afford.

You may be surprised to learn that for Social Security disability claims, attorneys typically don’t collect an out-of-pocket fee when they take on your case. In most cases, your Georgia SSDI lawyer will collect payment from the past-due benefits you are awarded.

Without the barrier of an up-front fee, a Georgia SSDI lawyer can be critical in giving you the best possible chance of winning your benefits at any stage of your claim.

However, before you make a decision about legal representation, it’s important to first discuss your case with potential lawyers to see if they’re a good fit to take you on as a client.

This interview is called a case evaluation. This is an opportunity to learn more about how an attorney can help you win your benefits, as well as how they’ll treat you as a client.

Affleck & Gordon offers a free case evaluation to all of our potential Social Security disability clients. Here’s the process to sign up for a free case evaluation and what to expect.

Table of Contents:

  1.     How to Schedule a Case Evaluation with Georgia SSDI Lawyers
  2.     Meeting your Georgia SSDI Lawyers: What to Expect
  3.     The Ins and Outs of Your Claim

How to Schedule a  Case Evaluation with Georgia SSDI Lawyers

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Before choosing your lawyer, you must first schedule that initial meeting known as the case evaluation. You may visit individual law firms’ websites contact pages, or else a Google search of Georgia SSDI lawyers near you may offer a list of firms to contact.

Alternatively, you can visit the Georgia Bar website to find lawyers specializing in Social Security disability.

Each attorney’s website should clarify the types of cases they represent, and you should focus on contacting those who specialize in Social Security disability law.

Affleck & Gordon has over 40 years’ experience representing SSDI claimants in Georgia, with offices in the cities of Atlanta, Columbus, Conyers, and Griffin.

Here are several ways to get in touch with us to schedule a free case evaluation.

Schedule a Case Evaluation Online

Scheduling a case evaluation online is fast and easy. You can visit Affleck & Gordon’s contact page to schedule your free case evaluation today.

You can also schedule your case evaluation online or ask questions by sending an email to  info@affleckandgordon.com.

Call or Visit our Offices

If you prefer, you can contact us directly via telephone at  (404) 795-7501 or toll free at (800) 866-5660.

Or if you choose to visit our offices, you can find us at the following locations:

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  1.     Atlanta - Main Office

211 Perimeter Center

Parkway

Suite 1050

Atlanta, GA 30346

Phone: 404-795-7501

Toll Free: 800-866-5660

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  1.     Columbus Office

The Corporate Center

Suite 818-A

233 12th Street

Columbus, GA 31901

Phone: 706-322-7745

Toll Free: 800-866-5660

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  1.     Conyers Office

1775 Parker Road, SE

Bldg. C, Suite 210

Conyers, GA 30094

Phone: 404-795-7501

Toll Free: 800-866-5660

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  1.     Griffin Office

120 W Solomon St #1103

Griffin GA 30223

Phone: 404-795-7501

Toll Free: 800-866-5660

During this assessment we can help you better determine if you’re eligible for SSDI and how we can help, based on the specifics of your claim.

Meeting Your Georgia SSDI Lawyers: What to Expect

One of many clients’ most pressing questions is when, how, and how much to pay their attorneys.

Georgia SSDI lawyers will typically not collect any up-front fee and instead receive payment from the past-due benefits you are awarded, with a maximum fee of 25% not to exceed $6000. What that means is:

  •       You sign a contract agreeing to these payment terms called a “contingency agreement.”
  •       If you win your claim, your attorney usually collects their fee directly and you won’t have to pay them yourself or do anything additional.
  •       You will receive the remainder of your back pay depending on when your benefits start.
  •       If you don’t win your case, you won’t owe an attorney’s fee.

During your case evaluation, attorneys will go over the steps of your claim and what will be expected of you throughout

Attorneys may also discuss a timeline with you. This will vary depending on your unique claim. On average, it takes three to five months for an initial decision, though this is just an average.

If you’re initially denied, you may have to appeal the decision. The different levels of appeal include reconsideration, requesting a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), requesting a review from the Appeals Council, or even taking the case to federal court.

Each of these stages can take anywhere from a month to years before you receive a decision, so it’s important that your attorney gives you a realistic timeline of your case.

When you meet with an attorney, you should bring:

  1. Birth Certificate
  2. Proof of Citizenship
  3. U.S. military discharge paper(s) if you had military service before 1968
  4. W-2 forms(s) and/or self-employment tax returns for last year
  5. A concise summary of your illnesses, injuries or conditions, and your work history
  6. Medical evidence already in your possession. This includes medical records, doctors' reports, and recent test results
  7. Award letters, pay stubs, settlement agreements or other proof of any temporary or permanent workers' compensation-type benefits you received
  8. A list of questions to decide if the attorney is a good fit for your needs.

The Ins and Outs of Your Claim

It’s important to discuss with your attorney how the unique factors of your disability impact your claim. This will depend on the types and severity of your medical conditions, medical evidence proving physical or mental ailments that limit you from working, as well as whether you have already been denied.

Many seek out Georgia SSDI lawyers only once they’ve been denied and must appeal the decision. Though we recommend you consult an attorney as early as possible, even before an initial denial, the right attorney can advocate for and assist you at any stage of your claim.

Having the right attorney in your corner can be a critical resource, giving you the best chance of winning your SSDI benefits. A case evaluation is an important first step toward a positive outcome.

If your SSDI claim has been denied, Affleck and Gordon can help. We’ve been helping disabled people in Georgia just like you for over 40 years. Once you have applied online for benefits, sign up for a free case evaluation here, and call us (404) 795-4978.

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