Why Do I Need a Social Security Lawyer for My Disability Claim?
A Social Security lawyer is not necessary but extremely advantageous during both the Social Security benefits application and appeal processes.
Even though you may think the Social Security benefits application process is simple, it can be surprisingly tricky. Having a Social Security lawyer by your side can be a tremendous aid. These lawyers are well-versed in the diverse processes as well as the standard issues that tend to affect applicants.
If you are having trouble locating the correct documents, your attorney can help you contact your doctor, hospital or treatment center. Before submitting your application, they will check you have included all the necessary medical proof of your disability. Depending on your diagnosis, some additional information or forms may be compulsory. You likely would not have known if anything was missing until you had been denied. This early intervention saves you lots of time and heartache in a future appeal.
There are other nuances in the application that only experienced Social Security lawyers are aware of. For example, the form will ask you to list your daily activities and chores. Most people just write “laundry” or “sweeping.” But they do not mention how they continually have to stop doing this chore in order to rest their bodies due to the pain. Leaving out this small but critical detail can lead to the Social Security Administration deeming you healthy and in possession of free-range movement.
Social Security lawyers are not only a resource for you to reference whenever you have any questions, but they can actually improve the quality of your application.
To justify your disability
If your condition is not on the standard list of qualifying disabilities, a Social Security lawyer can help you prove, without a doubt, that you are unable to carry out your usual duties and need the monthly benefits.
To save time and money
By having an attorney onboard from the get-go, your first application is more likely to succeed. If everything works the first time, you will have less stress when it comes to supporting yourself and your family. You will not have to dip into your lifelong savings to keep afloat.
If your disability is particularly severe or you are in dire need of financial support, a Social Security lawyer might even be able to push your case and get it through the system faster.
To drive the appeals process
If your initial (or a subsequent) claim is denied, Social Security disability lawyers can get involved and represent you during the appeals process. They will also speak with your doctors and treatment facilities on your behalf to collect more evidence for your claim.
Not to mention an appeal must be filed within 60 days. It can be challenging to find a good lawyer you trust in that short period. It’s better to already have an attorney you trust before this kind of situation even occurs.
To give you peace of mind
Although it is not a job requirement, many Social Security benefits lawyers will periodically check in with the Social Security Administration to get information about your application. Once available, they will pass this information on to you so you can stay up to date. If you try to get information on your own, it may not work. But attorneys have a higher sense of authority that may convince employees to give updates.
Some firms will not accept a Social Security benefits case unless the client has been denied at least one time. But at Cochran, Kroll & Associates P.C. we believe in getting involved early to save you the stress and grief of a rejected application. Whether or not you have already been denied, are in the process of applying for the first time, or are just considering the possibility of applying, you can give us a call for a free consultation at 1-866-MICH LAW (1-866-642-4529). We are only paid if we make a recovery on behalf of you and your family. If there is no recovery, you owe us nothing.