Frequently Asked Questions
How much will hiring an attorney to represent me cost?
Unlike many attorneys, Tabak Law's disability attorneys do not charge up-front fees to work on your Social Security disability case. The attorneys at Tabak Law will be paid a fee only if they win your case (this is called a contingency fee.) Here's how it works:
For Social Security disability lawyers, the fee is limited to 25% of the past-due benefits you are awarded, up to a maximum of $6,000. Note that the attorney will be paid only out of your past-due benefits, or "backpay." If no back-dated benefits are awarded, the attorney will not receive a fee.
How do I check the status of a pending application for benefits?
If you applied for benefits, you can check the Status of Your Application online.
Your application status shows:
- The date your application was received;
- Any requests for additional documents;
- The address of the office processing your application; and
- If a decision has been made.
You cannot check the status of an application for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits online.
If you are unable to check your status online, you can
- Call social security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.;
- Contact your local Social Security office, or
- If you are a current client, contact Tabak Law, LLC at (414) 351-4400.
Can I return to work while getting Social Security disability benefits?
There is no simple answer to this question. However, if you are working and making more than $1,170.00 per month you are not eligible to begin recieving nor continue to recieve disablity benefits; for a more in depth answer to this question refer to the "Working while Disabled Pamphlet" located to the right.
How Long Will I Have to Wait For My Hearing?
Wait times vary throughout the country ranging from a minimum of 7.5 months in Fort Smith, Arkansas to 21 months in Columbia, South Carolina. For a list of the wait times in your area please refer to the "Hearing Wait Times" button to the right.
What Will My Social Security Hearing Be Like?
Social security hearings are private, held in a small conference rooms, and last an hour or so. The judge will ask you about your education, training, work experience, symptoms, limitations, and daily activities. If you are represented by a social security disability attorney he/she will have an opportunity to ask you questions directly regarding your disability. They may also refer to any relevant medical evidence in the record.
Other important tasks that a social security disability attorney will complete are:
- Obtain reports from treating doctors that are consistent with Social Security regulations
- Refer claimants to specialists for additional reports that answer questions raised by Social Security regulations
- Obtain a vocational expert’s evaluation of the claimant’s ability to work
- Ask that a prior application for benefits be reopened
- Seek a waiver of a time limit
- Request subpoenas to insure the presence of crucial witnesses or documents
- Advise the claimant on how best to prepare for and testify at the hearing
- Object to improper evidence or procedures at the hearing
- Cross-examine adverse witnesses
- Present a closing statement
- Submit a written summary of the evidence and argument
- If the claimant wins, make sure the SSA correctly calculates benefits
- If the claimant loses, he/she may request review of the hearing decision by the Appeals Council