Losing the ability to work and earn an income can be overwhelming. This can occur if you have become ill, disabled, or past an age where working a normal job is impossible. Fortunately, Social Security benefits allow you to bring in some of the income you need even if you are disabled. Of course, applying for these benefits is not an easy task especially if you have never done it before. Here are a few reasons you should hire an attorney when applying for Social Security disability benefits.
Reduce Risk of Denial
A denial does not necessarily mean you are not disabled enough to receive benefits, but a denial does mean you will most likely need to reapply, which can make the process more timely and frustrating. On average, 67 percent of initial claims are denied, but you can reduce your risk of a denial to help you get your benefits faster.
Hiring an attorney can help ensure your application is completed correctly. Additionally, the attorney can advise you on when to apply and the best steps to increase your chance of an approval. Although Social Security disability benefits are never guaranteed, your attorney will work on your behalf to achieve the approval.
If there are simple or technical errors made during the application process, you will need to reapply, which requires more time and less financial assistance for you.
If you need the income quickly, for your basic living expenses or medical care, hiring an attorney is your best option for an efficient approval that results in fast benefits.
Again, the majority of claims are denied for different reasons. If you and your lawyer work together to complete the application and it is still denied, you can file an appeal.
The appeal process does require some time and understanding. If you are not sure how to navigate the appeal process, you are risking another denial, which means you will not be receiving any of your disability benefits.
Social Security disability lawyers have the experience and tools needed to file an appeal on your behalf, avoiding stress, expenses, and uncertainty of filing an appeal on your own. Professional legal assistance will improve your chances of having the appeal approved.
You can receive benefits if you are disabled, but a proper understanding is imperative for dealing with the application process. This guide and your attorney will improve your chances of an acceptance when filing for Social Security disability benefits. For more information, contact a law firm like Gordon & Pont.Share