3 REASONS WHY A DISABILITY LAWYER CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR DISABILITY CLAIM
1. A disability lawyer will explain the issues in your case BEFORE your hearing
Representing yourself in a disability hearing is a dangerous proposition. For starters, Judges conduct hundreds of hearings each month. When a claimant is representing themselves, a Judge will have to explain all of the issues and make sure the claimant is aware of the process. This creates longer hearings and can be frustrating to you, the claimant, and the Judge. A qualified, well-prepared, disability lawyer will address the issues with you before going into the hearing. As a disability lawyer whose practiced in front of Brooklyn Judges for years, I am able to address the issues before the hearing by way of a legal brief and might even be able to avoid a lengthy hearing. A claimant who knows the issues before the hearing will be less nervous and much more prepared for the hearing.
2. Lawyers Can Ask The Judge To Make A Ruling Without A Hearing
Disability lawyers have the opportunity to prepare a written legal brief outlining the theory of disability. In some instances, lawyers can submit an "On The Record" brief requesting that the Judge make a decision on the case without having to hold a hearing. This is effective for a couple of reasons: (1) it helps to ease a Judge's calendar when they can grant benefits to claimant's who clearly deserve them; and (2) claimant's whose OTR is granted do not have to travel to a hearing and endure grave difficulties in doing so. OTR's are not always granted, but it's certainly an effective tool for a disability lawyer.
3. A Disability Lawyer Knows What Goes On In A Hearing
Chances are, if you have an upcoming hearing for social security disability benefits, this is your first one. A qualified disability lawyer, like the attorneys at Markhoff & Mittman, have conducted hundreds of disability hearings. Not every hearing is the same and Judges ultimately decide how they wish to hold court. Some Judges ask a lot of questions and some may not wish to ask many questions. Regardless, if you are represented by an attorney who understands the issues in the case, he or she will know what kind of testimony is needed for a favorable decision.