Finding lawyer for any of your needs can often be challenging and overwhelming. In respect to long-term disability claims, finding a lawyer that can work, and has experience doing so, with large insurance carriers, is doubly challenging.
When you type in “disability lawyer” into Google, you get lists and lists of lawyers. Some local, some on the other side of the country – and many that do not even specialize in long-term disability in the first place.
Note: There is a difference between the different types of disability and the disability lawyers that are best to represent them, respectively.
The purpose of this article is to help you find a local disability lawyer and give you some ideas on starting that relationship on sound footing.
Finding A Local Disability Lawyer To Help You With Your Claim or Appeal
Internet search engines
Many people do not realize that search engines, like Google, Yahoo, and Bing are excellent at discerning who would be an excellent fit for what your needs are. They can understand, to an increasingly unsettling degree, what you need and when you need it. Of course, they can do this by aggregating data on how you are using the internet and what you have been searching for. This discussion is not about whether that is good or bad. Instead, it is about what gives you the best options for finding what you need, a disability lawyer to help you.
Because your search engine of choice tracks your searches in some manner, it probably already has an idea of where you are searching from, geographically speaking. So, typing in “long-term disability lawyers near me” should give you a place to begin your search, as well as dozens of matches or near matches to your needs.
Remember there are different types of disability lawyers, including Long-Term Disability (LTD), Social Security Disability (SSI/SSDI), and VA Disability (VA, Compensation). As you scan through the results and ratings of various disability lawyers, make sure you pay attention to the type of law they represent as well. By doing this, you can quickly screen out those that are not going to be helpful in your long-term disability appeal.
Once you have a short list, you can use that to start evaluating the disability lawyers, one on one. Here are some tips on how to choose the best disability lawyer for your needs.
Using FindLaw, AVVO, or Another Lawyer Referral Service
Websites like FindLaw and AVVO make money by providing referrals to member law firms. This means, they provide leads to law firms and fulfill a marketing niche that the firms are looking for. Again, this is neither good nor bad, it simply just is.
As a potential consumer, someone looking for legal services for your disability claim, these websites can be handy. They give you all sorts of rating and filter criteria, and aim to get you in contact with exactly the right kind of attorney for your needs.
This website allows you to browse for lawyers specifically by location. It is broken down by top cities, top counties, top metros, and by state. Once you click on the area you are looking for; it will give you a list of law firms in that area. It will also give you a law firm profile, tell you if they offer a free consultation, and give you a contact form if you would like to contact them.
Nolo takes a blog-link approach to referrals. They have a link within their article(s) that take you to a spot to answer questions about you and your case. This will then give you a list of disability lawyers in your area.
Recommendations From Friends or Family
If you know someone who has used a disability lawyer, you can always ask who they used and if they would recommend them. Getting a personal opinion from someone who has used a disability lawyer will help you know more about the lawyer, how they will work with you, and if they are effective!
After you locate a lawyer you think you may want to use, you want to do a little research on them and set up a consultation (especially if it is a no-cost consultation) to get a better feel of the law firm, and if they are someone you feel comfortable handling your case.
A good long-term disability lawyer will:
- Have expertise: They will have experience exclusively in LTD claims. And ERISA.
- Respect: Effective long-term disability lawyers will ask the right questions and take the time to listen to your answers.
- Honesty: A lawyer who gives you straight answers, honestly assesses your situation, and does not guarantee you approval is more likely to be an effective lawyer, than one who promises you the moon and stars.
- Availability: Disability lawyers are busy people, but so are you! Even if your lawyer is not available, someone in the office should be able to help you. If not, then they should return your calls promptly.
- Dedication: Your long-term disability lawyer should be dedicated to your case. No matter how long your case takes, effective disability lawyers will work with you from beginning to end.
More About Disability Lawyers and Your Long-Term Disability Claim
If you have more questions about disability claims and what can be done to improve your chances of success, take a look at our long-term disability blog. Or, reach out to us directly.