Becoming disabled challenges a person on many levels, from learning new skills to making decisions about alternate lifestyle choices. Many choices have financial and health implications. That is why it is important to find a lawyer that specializes in disability cases. Getting an attorney with the right credentials and relevant experience may seem like a difficult task. Here are three ways to find the right lawyer to handle your disability claim.
Pay Attention to Legal Ads
Many law firms are marketing their services to individuals and organizations to promote awareness in different ways. They know that many recipients of mailers or email ads do not need immediate assistance with a disability case, but might need a specialty lawyer in the future. Individuals might also know someone who needs the help of an attorney who handles disability cases. In some cases law firms will contract companies like The Rainmaker Institute to help them find clients just like you. Television ads are another source of information that we might typically ignore, but it is a good idea to jot down the name and number of the lawyers who practice in this area of law in case a disability should develop later.
Contact the Local Bar Association
The city’s bar association may be able to refer you to specific law firms and attorneys who accept disability claims for representation. You may be asked to complete a form or answer a few questions while the referral person determines the type of disability claim you may have, and where you are in the process of applying for disability benefits or seeking relevant compensation. You might then be given one or more names of attorneys to contact about your case, or the attorneys may be asked to call you for more information.
Consult Area Disability Agencies
Area government agencies and private organizations that work with disabled persons can sometimes provide names of attorneys that they believe to be qualified in disability law, based on past referrals from disabled clients. They might know of local legal firms that specialize in disability law. Related to this approach is the possibility of contacting disabled people that you know who have been legally represented to their satisfaction and can give you the name of their disability attorney.
Disability law is an important service provided to those who are entitled to compensation or government benefits because of their status. A competent disability lawyer will explain the legal aspects of filing a claim and how to prepare documentation to obtain the best outcome for your claim.
This article is from Brooke Chaplan, a freelance writer, and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.