Applying for government benefits is usually a tough job. When facing a challenge of this magnitude, it helps to have someone on your side. For example, you might feel alone and afraid when trying to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. That’s where a Social Security attorney comes in. We help clients with disability claims try to get the best outcome possible. Here’s how.
When you start looking into filing disability claims, you will encounter a mountain of regulations. Like most government programs, there are rules and regulations to follow, and they are not easy to understand.
Your experienced Social Security attorney already knows the rules, even before you talk to him or her. They have already dealt with multiple other disability claims and understand how to proceed.
Many applications are rejected because the applicant submitted incomplete paperwork or did not attach all of the supporting documents. In addition to the actual application, you will provide some or all of the following information about:
You can provide copies of medical records in your possession now or when you interview with Social Security. Your Social Security attorney can help make sure you provide all the information and records necessary for Social Security to process your application.
As we just mentioned, you will have an interview with a Social Security caseworker. Your lawyer can prepare you for the interview. If any hearings are needed, you will not be alone because your attorney will represent you.
Social Security typically denies more than 50% of first-time applications. If this happens to you, it’s crucial to immediately show your denial letter to your Social Security attorney. Then, you can discuss whether to appeal or not.
Rejected disability claims might go through one or all four stages of the appeal process:
While it is possible to do the application by yourself, it’s not the best plan. Typically, it is better if your lawyer is with you from the very beginning.
Applying for SSDI is not easy. Claimants are required to provide a long list of information in the form of medical records and other necessary documentation. This information must be collected, organized, and presented within certain procedures and deadlines
The attorneys at Powell Law carry on the work of a law firm that spans generations and has represented thousands of Pennsylvanians over a period of 115 years. At Powell Law, it is our goal to protect and assert our clients’ rights effectively in any matter, including those involving personal injury.