What to Look for in an Austin SSD Lawyer
If you are disabled by an injury or illness and cannot work, Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits may be the best option you have for supporting yourself and your family. Even though you paid into the system and earned your right to claim benefits, actually getting them is often difficult. More than half of all claims are initially denied – and many of them are valid.
Don’t be discouraged if your claim has been rejected. A lawyer from The Bob Richardson Law Firm can help you to get the disability benefits you deserve. Our attorneys can assist with your initial application and, if necessary, the appeals process.
From our offices in Austin and Waco*, we assist SSD claimants throughout surrounding communities in Texas.
You need a lawyer who is experienced, knowledgeable, compassionate and dedicated to helping you get your benefits. Many people who may qualify for disability benefits haven’t hired an attorney before and aren’t sure what to look for when choosing legal representation.
To help you make an informed choice, here are six key things to look for when you hire an attorney to represent you:
1. An attorney who focuses on SSD claims.
Lawyers have different areas of practice that they have focused their careers on. At The Bob Richardson Law Firm, you will be represented by an attorney who helps only disabled clients. Our SSD lawyers do not handle other types of claims. They have dedicated themselves to fighting for disabled clients to make the SSD system work for them.
2. An attorney with proven knowledge of the Social Security system.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is a government agency. It has specific processes and procedures for handling claims and appeals. You need a lawyer who knows the ins and outs of how the SSA works and how it processes disability benefits claims. At The Bob Richardson Law Firm, our SSD attorneys are members of the Fifth Circuit Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (FOSSCR), and we have almost three decades of experience representing clients who are applying for SSD benefits. We know what is important to the SSA when reviewing applications, and we can help you make a strong claim
3. A lawyer with a long track record of representing disabled clients.
The Bob Richardson Law Firm was founded in 1990. Since then, our attorneys have helped thousands of clients obtain the benefits they need and deserve. We represent clients at all stages of the process, from completing the initial application all the way through the appeals process. We are ready to put our years of experience to work on your case.
4. A lawyer who takes part in professional organizations related to Social Security disability law.
Membership in professional organizations shows that an attorney is interested and engaged in the development of Social Security disability law, and keeps abreast of changes and developments. At The Bob Richardson Law Firm, our SSD attorneys are members of the National Organization of Social Security Disability Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR). We are engaged members of both the legal community and the local community. This has helped to ensure we have the legal background necessary to give you the best chance at a successful claim.
5. An attorney who communicates well with you.
We know how important it is for you to get SSD income so you can meet your basic financial needs. We treat your claim with the importance it deserves, and we will regularly communicate with you throughout the application or appeals process so you never have to wonder how your claim is progressing. The SSD application process can take several months, and appeals can take even longer. We will be there with you throughout the process, working to expedite your claim and advocating for your interests.
6. An attorney who offers free consultations and who doesn’t charge up front.
Can I have a lawyer represent me in applying for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income? At The Bob Richardson Law Firm, we get paid for legal services only if we get SSD benefits for you. For a free evaluation of your SSD claim, call us now or use our online contact form.