The Best Disability Lawyer… Doesn’t Exist
Are you Googling for best disability lawyer or best social security disability lawyer?
Here’s the scenario:
You’ve suffered a serious injury, or you have chronic medical or mental health problems that just keep getting worse, and you’re to the point where you simply cannot work any longer.
You know you need to file a claim for Social Security Disability benefits. You’ve been paying into the system your whole life, and now it’s time to claim the benefits you have earned.
But the system seems hopelessly complicated, and you know you need the help of a disability lawyer.
How do you find the right one?
You may have Googled best disability lawyer or best social security disability lawyer.
The first thing to know is that there is no such thing as “the best social security disability lawyer.”
It just doesn’t exist.
Lawyers who practice in this area of law have a wide variety of skill sets and personalities.
So the “best” disability lawyer for YOU is one you know is experienced in handling cases like yours, can relate to you in language you understand, and is responsive to your needs.
Still, there are several factors you may want to consider when choosing a Social Security disability lawyer.
What to Consider When Choosing a Disability Lawyer
First and foremost, does the lawyer you are considering have experience handling disability cases?
Not all lawyers do.
Here are three factors to consider when hiring an attorney for your disability claim:
1. Is the disability lawyer a Bar Certified Specialist?
A Bar Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability law is recognized by the State Bar of North Carolina as having special expertise in that area of practice.
In order to be Bar Certified, a Social Security disability lawyer has to demonstrate that they have at least 5 years’ experience handling SSD cases, and that disability law is a focus of their legal practice (you can learn more about the specific requirements on the NC State Bar’s website).
At Riddle & Brantley we’re proud to have a Social Security disability specialist on our legal team.
Attorney Scott Scurfield is a Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability law and has been practicing law for more than 30 years. He and his team are experienced representing disability claimants in North Carolina. For a free consultation, please call 1-800-525-7111.
2. Location, Location, Location
Next, it’s important to consider the geographical area the lawyer covers.
There are disability representation firms (not all of whom are lawyers) who advertise that they represent clients all over the country. Be cautious in hiring a “national” firm. One big advantage to hiring a local North Carolina disability lawyer is that he or she probably knows the judges who decide cases in this region.
A lawyer who handles a case in New York one day, Virginia the next, and Georgia the next probably doesn’t have this level of familiarity.
Finally, is the lawyer responsive when you have questions or concerns about your case?
We’ve all heard horror stories about clients not being able to reach their lawyer for days or weeks at a time when important things are happening with their cases.
The lawyer you select (and his or her staff) should be accessible by phone, email, and by in-person appointments when needed. You should be able to reach him or her when you have questions or concerns about your case.
Looking for the right Social Security disability lawyer?
The bottom line is this:
There’s no such thing as the “best Social Security disability lawyer” or “best disability lawyer.”
Every case is different, and each attorney brings their own unique skillset and experience. The decision is ultimately a personal one and many factors should be considered.
What is also true, however, is that only a Bar Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability has been certified by the North Carolina State Bar to be proficient in the field of disability law.
Riddle & Brantley’s team of disability lawyers is led by such a specialist, and we’d be more than happy to see if we can help with your case.
For a FREE case review and consultation, please call 1-800-525-7111 or complete the short form below.
There is no obligation, and if you decide to hire us to help pursue your disability claim, there is no upfront cost and no attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive benefits.
When you hire Riddle & Brantley, you’ll not only be represented by an experienced disability attorney, but you’ll also be supported by an entire staff of case managers and paralegals dedicated to your success.
We would love to see if we can help.
Please call 1-800-525-7111 or use the online form below to contact us today.