Why You Should Speak to a Lawyer Before Applying for Disability Benefits


When you’ve become recently disabled, applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) is a step in the right direction toward getting back on track. Unfortunately, the process of applying alone through the Social Security Administration (SSA) can be overwhelming, discouraging, and confusing. In fact, around 70% of initial SSD applications are denied, regardless of their validity. 

This is why it is essential to have a Social Security Disability lawyer to guide you through the claims and appeals processes and consult with you even after approval. Here are a few reasons why you should speak with a lawyer before applying for Social Security Disability benefits.

The initial consultation is free. A disability attorney will speak with you at no upfront cost. Our lawyers will ask you about your disability and work background, explain Social Security and the claims process, and go over the timelines for the application and appeals process. We will advise you on when to apply based on your circumstances. 

SSD lawyers are disability benefits experts. You must understand the disability regulations when deciding when to file your application. To a newcomer, it could be overwhelming. However, an experienced disability lawyer will know all of the rules and regulations of the SSA to have your application successfully processed and approved.

There is no attorney’s fee until you win. Unless we win you Social Security Disability benefits, you will not have to pay a lawyer fee. 

Partnering with a lawyer eliminates errors.  With the disability claims process come many hard deadlines. If a deadline is not met, or forms are not filled out properly, and you do not have a valid reason to have missed it, you must start from the beginning and file a new application. A trained attorney is well-versed in all the deadlines associated with the Social Security Disability claims and appeals processes.

We’re The Social Security Disability Experts

With years of combined legal experience, the Disability Attorneys of Michigan strive to protect clients’ rights as we obtain the benefits they need for their best chance at a secure and successful life. If you have recently become disabled, it is essential that you speak with a skilled disability attorney you can trust.

Contact the Disability Attorneys of Michigan by filling out and submitting the form below or calling our office toll-free at 800-949-2900 for a free legal consultation.


I will never forget you and the hard work you did to secure my Social Security Disability benefits. Thank you!

- Christine C.