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Protecting The Disabled And Injured Since 1974

Do you need an attorney for your disability claim?

On Behalf of | Jun 16, 2022 | Social Security Disability |

On its face, the Social Security disability claims process seems straightforward. You submit documentation that shows that you are, in fact, disabled, and you’re given compensation as a result, right? That’s sort of how it works, but the process is much more complicated and nuanced than that, which is why a lot of people, as many as 65%, see their initial SSD claim denied.

So, if you’re considering seeking disability benefits, then you need to carefully consider how to best position yourself for success. One step you could take is acquiring legal assistance.

How an attorney can help you with your initial claim

On the front end of your disability case, an attorney can help you craft the legal arguments that you need to put forth a persuasive argument for the benefits that you need. To do this, an attorney may do each of the following:

  • Obtain your medical records that demonstrate your diagnosis and the severity of your condition.
  • Speak with your doctor to obtain a clear opinion as to your diagnosis, your prognosis, and your need for future treatment.
  • Gather relevant employment records to prove that you have sufficient work history to qualify for SSD benefits.
  • Talk to co-workers, family members, and friends who can attest to how your disability affects your ability to live a normal life.
  • Analyze the facts of your case in light of the law to determine your best course of action.

Remember, each disabling condition has its own requirements that have to be met in order to qualify for disability benefits. An attorney who is experienced in this area of the law will know this and will therefore be better suited to mold your legal argument to those applicable factors.

Even better is the fact that the Social Security Administration has shown that it’s more likely to approve claims when the disabled applicant is represented by an attorney. Although you don’t have to have an advocate on your side during the process, you might find it easier and less time-consuming to be represented from the very beginning.

How an attorney can help you with your SSD appeal

If you’re one of the many individuals who have had their initial disability claim denied, you shouldn’t give up. An attorney may be able to help you here, too.

How can an attorney assist you on appeal? By doing a lot of the work that he or she would have done if brought in early in a case. This is because many claim denials are based on insufficient medical evidence. So, again, your attorney can help you gather that evidence by assessing your medical records and speaking to the medical professionals who treat you.

An attorney can also help you prepare for any testimony that you may give. It can be hard to articulate how a medical condition has affected your ability to work and live the life that you want, but an attorney may be able to help you think about how to formulate your responses so that you you’re being as clear as possible.

Don’t leave your disability claim to chance

Social Security disability benefits can be a financial lifeline. Therefore, there’s a lot at stake in your case. So much, in fact, that you probably shouldn’t risk losing it all because you’re unsure about working with an attorney.

So, if you’re dealing with a disability claim and want to learn more about what you can do to increase your chances of succeeding, then we encourage you to speak with a legal professional who you’ve vetted and feel comfortable with advocating on your behalf.