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Hiring a qualified attorney to represent you in your Social Security Disability claim is almost always a very smart financial decision.  Attorney's fees are set by law at twenty-five percent (25%) of the benefits that have accumulated as of the date of your award, with a maximum fee of $6,000.00. No attorney's fee are due on your future benefits, so the attorney's fee is usually only a tiny fraction of the total benefits that you will receive. (There's an alternative fee arrangement for claims that require extended appeals.) 

Retaining an experienced attorney to represent you in your Social Security claim can be a small expense that provides you with significant benefits for many, many years.

Things Your Attorney Will Do To Help Win Your Claim

  • Collect the medical evidence that proves your medical conditions, including asking your doctors to prepare reports that address the specific issues that are important to Disability Determinations Services (DDS) and the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).
  • Handle all of your contacts with the Social Security Administration and DDS, including filing your initial application, filling out all of the forms and supplying all of the necessary documentation.
  • Request that the Social Security Administration send you to the appropriate medical specialist to evaluate the extent of your disability.   
  • Compare your actual income history to the Social Security Administration's records to determine if qualifying income has been excluded or never reported. This can boost the amount of your award or allow you to satisfy contribution requirements for Disability.  
  • Request that any prior benefits applications be reopened, potentially increasing the amount of your accrued benefits. If you have missed important time limits, we can request a waiver to reinstate your claim.
  • Update and monitor the files that Social Security uses to decide your claim.
  • Provide an "Opening Statement" at your hearing or a written summary of the law and evidence that explains to the Judge why you should qualify for benefits under the Social Security laws and regulations.
  • Advise you about your testimony and cross-examine opposing witnesses at your hearing.
  • Maintain continuing contact with the Social Security Administration after your hearing to verify that your benefits are calculated correctly and paid on time.

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David Buie, Louisiana Workers Compensation Attorney and Social Security Disability Attorney, 650 Poydras Street, Suite 1400, New Orleans, LA 70131, (800) 851-9405 / Fax: (866) 702-5297 Representing claimants in:
Alexandria Baton Rouge Bossier City Covington Gretna
Hammond Harahan Harvey Houma Kenner Lafayette Lake Charles
Laplace Marrero Metairie Monroe New Iberia New Orleans
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