Frequently Asked Questions about Social Security Disability
Get answers to frequently asked questions about applying for Social Security Disability Benefits in Washington D.C. and Baltimore. For more information abuot the process and what services Mathis & Mathis Disability Advocates can offer you, see our How We Help You section and contact us today for a free evaluation of your claim!
1. Do I really need representation? How can experienced representation help?
Strictly speaking, you don’t need representation to file your initial claim. But if you make a mistake filling out the paperwork, you may not be able to correct it later on. The most cost-effective approach is often to hire experienced Social Security disability legal representation to walk you through the initial claim, so you can win the benefits you deserve the first time, without delays and hassles.
If your claim is denied (and most are), experienced legal representation is advisable. (Social Security’s own statistics show that people win benefits more often when they have representation than when they don’t.) We’ll help you set up your appeal, gather evidence and prepare your case.
If your claim goes all the way to Federal Court, you will need legal representation to pursue it. Mathis & Mathis Disability Advocates has extensive experience representing Social Security disability claimants in Federal Court and we’re well qualified to handle your case.
2. Why should I hire Mathis & Mathis Disability Advocates?
The Social Security Administration is a large government bureaucracy that operates by its own rules. You should have a local, qualified, and experienced disability representative who understands those rules thoroughly and can use them to win benefits.
At Mathis & Mathis Disability Advocates we focus only on Social Security disability law. Members of our senior staff have actually worked for the Social Security Administration. We know the process. We know the potential pitfalls. We know where to go to get things done.
3. How much does it cost for Mathis & Mathis Disability Advocates to help me?
If you don’t win benefits, you pay only expenses such as the cost of obtaining copies of your medical records; we don’t charge you a hourly fee for our legal or staff time. If you do win, the most it could cost is 25 percent of your award, with a maximum fee of $6,000. Contact our office today for more information.
4. How many disability clients has Mathis & Mathis Disability Advocates represented?
We’ve represented many thousands of disability claimants nationwide, with a special emphasis on the Washington, D.C., Baltimore and mid-Atlantic region.
5. When should I obtain representation?
The earlier the better. When initial disability claims are denied (and most are) it’s often due to errors in the application, which sometimes can’t be corrected later on. When this happens, claimants have to start the process over again, which can mean serious delays. We can help you avoid errors and speed the process of winning benefits. If you’ve been denied, you have 60 days to file an appeal, and you should definitely seek representation before filing.
6. Will Mathis & Mathis Disability Advocates represent me at a hearing if one is necessary?
Absolutely. The issues involved in appeals hearings are far more complex than your initial filing. This is one of the most important moments in your benefits claim, so it’s critical that both you and your evidence are prepared for the hearing. We can help.
7. What can’t Mathis & Mathis Disability Advocates do for me?
While we can represent you through every phase of your disability application and appeal, we can’t make the process go faster. The Social Security Administration is a vast government agency, and it takes time to win disability benefits—sometimes as much as a year, or more. We can help you avoid errors that can slow your appeal. We can occasionally reach the right offices to help expedite your case. And of course, we’ll be with you throughout the process to make sure the Social Security Administration is doing everything it can. But in the end, we can’t make them move any faster. No representative can.
8. What information will Mathis & Mathis Disability Advocates need?
Physical documentation of your condition is important to proving a disability as defined by the Social Security Administration. We’ll help you obtain your medical records and see to it that they’re thorough and complete.
9. Does Mathis & Mathis Disability Advocates conduct telephone interviews?
Yes. We know how difficult travel can be for people seeking disability, and we do our best to make things easy. Most often, cases can be handled by phone, at your convenience.