The Social Security Disability (SSD) application process is complex and can be overwhelming. It’s hard to say, much less complete! While you can certainly try to go at it on your own, hiring a lawyer who specializes in Social Security Disability cases can be beneficial in a number of ways. In fact, no matter where you are in the application process, considering legal assistance is a good idea!
An attorney specializing in SSD will serve as your advocate as well as a “middleman” of sorts, facilitating communication between you and the Social Security Administration. You’ll have someone on your side who is experienced in the process and skilled at handling issues — someone who understands the rules, requirements, and qualifications, and knows exactly how to make the best possible case for you to receive approval and get compensation.
Whether you’ve already been denied or you’re about to try to navigate the process, consider these benefits an SSD attorney can provide:
A Strategic Approach
After carefully reviewing your case, an experienced lawyer will evaluate the strength of the claim, then make it stronger by determining how to best move forward and incorporating all the details of your story into a compelling case that will give you the best possible chance to win.
Attention to Detail
One of the biggest mistakes people make when applying for SSD benefits is simply turning in an incomplete application. Believe it or not, this is the main reason for the majority of denials in the initial stages of the process. A lawyer knows all the necessary details inside and out and can help ensure you fill out the application thoroughly and completely. This includes providing sufficient medical evidence…
Assistance with Medical Evidence
Part of a complete application is the inclusion of medical evidence — a key factor in every case. A lawyer specializing in SSD can help you gather all the medical paperwork needed to provide the best opportunity for approval. You’ll need to sign a release for your records, then your attorney will review and sort through them, determining what information is pertinent and will help your case. Your attorney will also help you track down any missing tests, and will often work with healthcare providers and physicians to gather supporting letters or statements.
Ensuring Your Claim Stays on Track
The SSD application process is full of formalities and deadlines that can be hard to stay on top of and thus easy to overlook. There are many deadlines that must be met throughout every step of the process, and if you miss any of them, the Social Security Administration will very likely make you start all over again. Lawyers not only know what is needed for your case, but also when it’s expected, ensuring your claim continues to move along in the process.
Diligence After a Denial
It’s not uncommon for initial applications to be denied, but this does not mean your case is over. If your claim is denied, you can appeal the decision, however, this process can be difficult to navigate, and must be completed within a finite amount of time. Your lawyer can ensure your appeal is completed properly and meets the deadline.
If you are still denied after your appeal, you can request a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. The majority of claims are won at this level, especially if you are represented by an attorney.
To receive approval at your hearing, preparation is critical. A SSD lawyer will help you know what to expect, go over questions you will likely be asked and how best to respond to them, and even find witnesses on your behalf, preparing them as well. This not only gets you ready for your hearing, but also helps you feel confident and reassured rather than anxious or worried, thus putting your best foot forward and increasing your chances dramatically for a positive outcome.
No one is required to hire a Social Security Disability lawyer, but the benefits of having one by your side throughout the process can truly make the difference between approval and denial of your claim. While you may be hesitant because of financial reasons, it’s important to note that Social Security Disability attorneys do not charge upfront, and only get paid if you win your case. So, the only thing you have to lose is your compensation.
If you have a serious illness or injury that is keeping you from working and negatively impacting your quality of life, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability, and we can help you through the application process to ensure you have the best possible chance to be approved. Contact the Ladas Hoopes law office at 231- 744-6218 to get the help you need to get the compensation you deserve.