You’ve been considering working with an attorney to appeal your Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits denial, but you want to make sure it’s worth the effort. You have already been denied your benefits once, so will it really make a difference?

It certainly can. When you appeal a SSD benefits denial, you want to make sure you do everything right. You need to guarantee that your application is done professionally and answers all of the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) questions appropriately. You need to know that you have enough evidence to back up your claims and to have a fair chance at your appeal turning into an approval for the benefits you need.

Choosing your attorney is your first step. The right attorney does make a difference, so what should you look for?

One of the important things to look at is when your attorney is open. The attorney closest to you might have better hours for you, but you should also consider attorneys who offer teleconferencing, evening or weekend appointments. A 9-to-5 attorney is fine for some, but if your schedule is tight, then you may need someone more flexible.

Next, look at their background. You should work with someone who has experience in SSD law. This is a complex system, and you need to work with someone who understands how to get you approved for the benefits you need.

Finally, make sure you research your attorney and know that they’ve been successful. An attorney with a history of success is more likely to be able to help than one who hasn’t been able to get someone approved for SSDI.

Our site has more on disability benefits and what you can do if you’ve been denied the benefits you need.