Retaining a SSD Lawyer - Before or After Denial
Should I wait to be denied ssdi to get a lawyer?
I wouldn't. Lawyers typically don't charge a retainer, so why not let the lawyer work on the early part, so you can best ensure you don't screw it up and damage your overall case? Some claimants decide to wing it on their own, because of that slim chance their records are stellar from the getgo and they will win on initial - which means they can avoid the legal free withholding. That is a valid decision, of course. Money talks. However, they also increase their chances, if their evidence is not "all that" as required by SSD law (and the claimant has rarely studied the law on what is required), that they will not only lose on initial but they will lose on appeal - because sometimes early damage can not be "undone". For this reason, and yes, I am biased, I recommend NOT being penny-wise/pound foolish, and retaining that zero retainer, dedicated SSD lawyer before you apply, if possible. If you have already applied, I suggest getting one now, to jump in and take over.