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4 Things To Ask Your Attorney Before Your Winter Park Administrative Hearing

Winter Park Administrative Hearing

If you have been denied Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits, you will want the assistance of an experienced legal representative. Culbertson Law Group has the attorneys you need for your Winter Park administrative hearing.


You have the right to appeal the decision that the Social Security Administration has made regarding your Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits. One level of the appeals process is an administrative hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. 


It is important to be as prepared as possible for your Winter Park administrative hearing. In this blog we will discuss four key questions, and their answers, that you will want to ask your attorney before your hearing. 


How Will My Attorney Be Compensated in a Social Security Disability Case?

If you hire an attorney for your Winter Park administrative hearing, you will enter into a fee agreement with that attorney. The attorneys at Culbertson Law Group handle your Social Security Disability case on a contingency fee basis, which means that they represent you and are only paid if you receive retroactive benefits. 


There is typically no payment owed upfront. Additionally, your attorney may limit their fees to 25% of your past-due disability benefits, and your attorney may place a cap on those fees if the case is decided at the hearing level.


Can I Bring Witnesses To My Winter Park Administrative Hearing?

You have the right to appear in your hearing, and you will also be able to bring any witnesses that have important information regarding your limitations and disability. 


You will want to select credible witnesses who interact with you on a regular basis, and are able to discuss your specific condition, what you are able to do, and not do, and any other information that is relevant to your case


What Happens if the Administrative Law Judge Denies My Claim?

If the Administrative Law Judge denies your claim after your Winter Park administrative hearing, you have the right to request an appeal before theWinter Park Administrative Hearing Appeals Council. 


The Appeals Council will review your request for appeal, and decide whether or not to accept it. If the Appeals Council determines that the Administrative Law Judge’s decision was correct, they will deny your request for review. If they determine that the Judge’s decision was wrong, they can reverse the decision, or send your claim back to an Administrative Law Judge for a second Winter Park administrative hearing.


If My Claim is Approved, Will I Receive Retroactive Benefits?

The amount of benefits you receive will depend on when your disability began and when you filed your application. You can receive retroactive benefits up to twelve months prior to the date of your application, as long as you have met all of the requirements for Social Security Disability. 


Culbertson Law Group: The Attorneys You Need

When you need aggressive representation for your Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income claim, the attorneys at Culbertson Law Group are here for you. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.