Q: I am 59 years old, I am 100% P&T disabled through the VA. I am needing to file for SSDI, should I hire someone to help.
Yes, it is usually better to hire an experienced disability attorney to help you with your SSDI claim because the administrative process can be complex. Social Security does not approve many cases at the initial level and many people have to appeal their claim. Data has shown that your chances of getting approved for Social Security disability is much higher when you are represented. The US Government Accountability Office found claimants who were represented were allowed Social Security benefits at a rate nearly 3 times higher than those without representatives. See, https://www.gao.gov/assets/gao-18-37.pdf.
At least consult with an experienced disability attorney before you file for SSDI because they can discuss the particular issues in your case so you are aware of them. Most disability attorneys offer a free initial consultation.
If you do decide to hire a disability attorney, they generally work on a contingency basis - meaning that if you win, they will earn a percentage of your back due benefits, usually 25% but no more than $6,000, and if you do not win, the attorney will not collect a fee.
Use the Find a Lawyer tab on Justia to contact a disability lawyer.
By the way, here is some basic information for veterans that Social Security has on their website at https://www.ssa.gov/people/veterans/index.html.
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