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You May Be Entitled to Disability Insurance

Disability insurance covers those who get sick or sustain a serious injury and are prevented from working for a long time or permanently. The insurance money is used to support the person’s lifestyle, family, and overhead expenses by compensating for the loss of income.

Your Disability Insurance Legal Recourse

Insurance companies routinely attempt to pay as little as possible on disability claims or refuse to pay anything. That is why you will need the help of a Portland lawyer practicing disability insurance law. The attorney can bring legal action against the insurer to get you the compensation you deserve.

How do you apply for disability benefits?

Most types of disability (Social Security, veterans, work-provided) benefits start with a typical application process. You will need to provide information about yourself, your earnings, and your medical condition that keeps you from working. Getting the information correct on your application can prevent any unnecessary delays and appeals.

What conditions automatically qualify you for disability?

To receive disability benefits, you will need to prove that your diagnosed medical condition prevents you from working and earning a living. In that sense, no condition “automatically” qualifies you for benefits. You will need to provide supporting evidence that goes beyond a doctor’s diagnosis.

How much does disability pay per month?

The average Social Security Disability Insurance beneficiary receives more than $1,200 a month. However, if you receive any other disability benefits, such as veterans’ disability benefits, you may receive less. Your ability to do any part-time work will also affect how much you receive, as will the amount you earned before you became unable to work.

How long does it take to get disability benefits?

Many people are rejected the first time they apply for disability benefits, meaning they have to go through the appeals process. This process can take months or more than a year for many people. However, everyone’s case is unique, and you should speak with an attorney if you have more questions about the process.

Top Questions to Ask When Hiring an Attorney

  • How many years have you been practicing law? How long have you practiced law in the local area?
  • How many cases similar to mine have you handled in the past?
  • What is the likely outcome for my case?

In legal practice, experience matters. An experienced attorney will likely have handled issues similar to yours many, many times. Therefore, after listening to your situation, the attorney should have a reasonable idea of the time line for a case like yours and the likely resolution.

How to Prepare for Your Initial Consultation

Prepare for your consultation by writing down notes of your understanding of the case, jot down questions and concerns for the attorney, and gather your documents. Remember that you are trying to get a sense of whether the attorney has your trust and can help you address your legal issues. Questions should include how the attorney intends to resolve your issue, how many years he/she has been practicing law and specifically practicing in your area, as well as how many cases similar to yours the attorney has handled. It can also be helpful to broach the subject of fees so that you understand the likely cost and structure of your representation by a specific attorney and/or legal team.

Types of legal fees:

Bill by the hour: Many attorneys bill by the hour. How much an attorney bills you per hour will vary based on a number of factors. For instance, an attorney’s hourly fee may fluctuate based on whether that hour is spent representing you in court or doing research on your case. Attorneys in one practice area may bill you more than attorneys in a different practice area.

Contingent fee: Some lawyers will accept payment via contingent fee. In this arrangement, the lawyer receives a percentage of the total monetary recovery if you win your lawsuit. In sum, the lawyer only gets paid if you win. Contingent fee agreements are limited to specific practice areas in civil law.

Flat fee: For “routine” legal work where the attorney generally knows the amount of time and resources necessary to complete the task, he/she may be willing to bill you a flat fee for services performed.

Common legal terms explained

Personal jurisdiction – Requirement that a particular court have authority over a person, in order to bind that person to the judgment of the court, based on minimum contacts. International Shoe Co v. Washington is a landmark Supreme Court case outlining the scope of a state court’s reach in personal jurisdiction.

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