If I win my case, how much money will I receive? Will I receive medical insurance?
If you are found eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDI), the amount you will receive each month is calculated based on your taxed earnings. Please refer to your latest statement from the Social Security Administration (SSA) to see SSDI monthly benefit you may receive. Also, if you have unmarried children under age 18 (or under age 19 if still in high school) that live in your home, you may receive additional benefits for them. If you are entitled to Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you may receive a monthly payment benefit amount as adjusted based upon household income and resources.
If you are awarded Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDI), you will be eligible for Medicare coverage after a waiting period of 24 months.
If you are awarded Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you will be entitled to Medicaid coverage as soon as your entitlement to SSI begins.
How much does it cost to hire an attorney for my disability case? What if I can’t afford it?
Federal law regulates attorneys’ fees in Social Security disability cases. So, virtually every disability lawyer works on the same contingent fee basis. The lawyer’s contingent fee is 25% of the past due disability benefits you get, up to the statutory maximum. There is no fee if you lose.
In the rare case that there is a favorable decision with no past due benefits or multiple hearings, the attorneys may petition the Social Security Administration for approval to charge a fee. If this occurs, you will be part of the conversation from the beginning.
The only other cost is out-of-pocket expenses for obtaining your medical records, printing and postage.
How long does it take to obtain my disability benefits once a claim for benefits is filed?
It can take approximately 4 to 6 months to receive a decision on your initial application at Disability Determination Services (DDS). If your application is denied, it can take an additional year and a half to obtain a decision as your claim works its way through the appeals process at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR).
There are a limited set of circumstances where we can file a dire need request at the Social Security Administration on your behalf. This will expedite your case.
When should I get a lawyer in the process?
It is helpful to build a relationship with Attorney Noel at the initial DDS level. This will allow your best chance by submitting quality information and medical evidence to prove that you are disabled. We work with clients at all stages of the process, it is helpful to begin with an attorney.
Why do I need a lawyer to help me, and why should I hire attorneys James and Chris Noel?
Social Security statistics show that claimants who are represented by lawyers win more often than those who are not represented. Your best chance of winning your claim is to be represented by an experienced attorney.
There are many written and unwritten rules – our experienced attorneys deal with them and the people who apply them every day. An attorney has a law degree with specialized training for Social Security cases. The attorney is working with your doctors and is trained in cross examining medical and vocational experts hired by the Social Security Administration.
When should I contact an attorney about representation? Should I wait until my hearing is scheduled?
Contact an attorney as soon as possible. Don’t wait until your hearing is scheduled. Many years of experience show development of your case in early stages can enhance your chances of success.