As a veteran, you have served your country well. Therefore, you deserve the best when it comes to your disability lawyer. A good veterans disability lawyer is well-versed not just in disability law, but also knows how to fight for the rights you deserve.
If you are a veteran and are in need of legal representation for your disability case, here are some basic guidelines you can follow to find the best disability lawyer.
Questions to Ask
You must be proactive in your search for a good veterans disability lawyer. Unfortunately, there are many unscrupulous people out there who are all too willing to take advantage of your situation and scam you out of your hard-earned money.
But, there are some specific questions you can ask to make sure you hire the best lawyer who will help you get the benefits you deserve.
- Are you VA-accredited?
- How long have you been practicing veterans law?
- How current is your veterans law training?
- Can you help me get the earliest eligibility date possible for my benefits?
- Can you help me get the highest rating possible for my benefits?
- Will you represent me all the way through the process, including appeals?
In most cases, a veterans disability lawyer will ask for no upfront fees. Further, the attorney only collects a fee if he or she wins your case. This causes the attorney to work harder to get the results you need.
You should know that there is some background work that helps lawyers to win your case. There is a lot of time dedicated to obtaining the necessary medical records and speaking with doctors on your behalf. The lawyer’s staff makes photocopies, mails correspondence and incurs other charges during the process of working on your case. Most law firms will charge you back for these costs. However, even when an attorney combines all of the charges into a bill, they are usually fairly nominal.
Independent Medical Exams
Most disability law firms obtain an independent medical opinion on your case. This information is an integral part of helping you obtain the benefits you need. Many law firms advance the cost for this service and you will owe nothing unless your case is won.
A disability law firm also arranges for a vocational expert to examine your case and provide an expert opinion on it. Opinions of this nature are quite beneficial in winning a disability case because the vocational expert helps determine what kinds of jobs you can do while you have a disability.
If you are a veteran in need of disability benefits, contact Liner Legal to see how we can help you.