A person looking for a disability attorney should ask questions about credentials, look for an attorney with special knowledge of his condition, ask about approval rates, look into office and case management staff, and be wary of promised outcomes, notes Nolo. While there is no requirement for people to have attorneys for disability cases, people who have legal representation are more likely to get positive outcomes.
The disability attorney should have a license to practice in federal courts, as they must sometimes appeal disability claims to that level, notes Nolo. People looking for representation in disability cases should choose lawyers who have practiced disability law and ask about additional training in this area. People who have conditions such as mental illness have a more difficult time getting approved for benefits, and they should look for attorneys with past experience winning these types of cases. A good disability attorney has staff members who can provide reliable answers to questions and who are available to keep in touch with clients on a regular basis.
People should ask liability attorneys they are considering hiring about their overall approval ratings and their percentage of wins that resulted in full and partial benefits, states Nolo. A disability lawyer should not guarantee a positive outcome for a potential client's case; rather, he should point out the strengths and weaknesses of the case.