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Why Do I Need A Social Security Disability Lawyer?

There are two truths you should know when asking, "Why do I need a Social Security disability attorney?"

  1. An individual does not need to hire a disability lawyer. The Social Security Administration (SSA) allows you to represent yourself throughout the process, including at a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ).
  2. Claimants who are represented by an attorney are more likely to win an appeal. Experienced Social Security attorneys are familiar with the appeals process and the kind of information that is necessary to develop a winning case.

We only get paid if you do. It is important to remember that we take most Social Security disability cases on a contingency basis, which means we only collect a fee if we are successful winning your case. The standard fee is 25 percent of your retroactive benefits up to a maximum of $6,000.

How We Help You Win Your Case

At the Law Offices of Sharon J. Meyers, in Kansas City, Missouri, we gather all of the medical records that exist and request additional reports from your doctors if your records are incomplete. Because we have helped thousands of Kansas and Missouri residents over more than 30 years, we understand what information is most important to building a winning case. This relieves a great deal of work and stress from you at a time when you may be coping with chronic pain or fatigue to begin with.

We also have been through numerous ALJ hearings and know how to prepare you for yours. This coaching is essential to calming your nerves and providing you with answers that will strengthen your case.

We will accompany you at all times during the hearing and cross-examine a vocational expert (VE) and any other witnesses who are asked to testify about your ability to work.

It is likely that we will have handled numerous cases before the same ALJ who conducts your hearing, which provides us important insight into that judge's tendencies regarding the information on which he bases his or her final decision.

Once we help you win your case, we ensure that Social Security officials calculate your benefits correctly. This includes ensuring that the SSA accurately determines your "disability onset" date, which has an important impact on the amount of back pay you receive.

We serve disabled workers in Kansas and Missouri from our Kansas City office. It is important to contact us as early in your application process as possible in order to increase the likelihood that you will win your case. Call 816-787-0942 or email us to schedule a free consultation.

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Law Offices of
Sharon J. Meyers

4050 Pennsylvania
Suite 210,
Kansas City, MO 64111

Local: 816-787-0942
Fax: 816-753-0274

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  • Thank you all so very much for all your help with my disabilities, etc. Your office was so helpful and kind, in such a nerve-racking time. Thanks are not enough, but I wanted you all to know how truly blessed I feel for all your help and support.
  • I want to thank all of you for your hard work and persistence in my case. A special thank you to Cara Terrell.
  • Thank you for helping me win my case. I don’t think I could of done it without you. Tell everyone how much I appreciate their help.
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