When many Americans apply for Social Security Disability (SSD), they often do so alone. While it's possible to apply for SSD and also win an appeal if you are denied, you'll be much better off if you have a disability attorney in your corner. Here are a few reasons why you should work with a disability attorney.
Receive Help Navigating the Application Process
The earlier you involve a disability attorney in your case, the better off you will be. A common reason why a claimant is denied benefits is that they did not fill out the application properly. The disability attorney will be able to review your application and make sure everything is filled out.
Be Represented Without the Burden of Upfront Fees
Applicants for disability compensation are often frustrated by the process and find it confusing. They often don't even know if they will be approved for SSD benefits. However, even if a claimant doesn't believe that they can afford an attorney, the consultation is often free. With a free consultation, you can determine if it is appropriate to file for disability based on your situation.
After a consultation, you may choose to have the disability attorney represent you. In most cases, very little or no money is charged upfront. Instead, you will pay the disability attorney after they have successfully helped you.
Gather Medical Evidence
Collecting the medical evidence necessary to file an effective disability claim takes time. With the help of a disability attorney, you can gather the evidence that would allow you to craft a more compelling case. This can include medical bills, a written statement by your doctor, X-ray images, and anything else that can demonstrate that you are not able to work and should be qualified for disability.
Show How Your Disabling Condition Qualifies You
Disability attorneys can draft your case so that your condition falls under one of the qualifying disabilities. Even if you do not have a condition that clearly falls under a qualifying disability, some attorneys are able to show how your disability will fall under other common disabilities so your case will be more likely to be approved.
Win Big at Your Disability Hearing
More often than not, your case will be denied, especially if you complete your claim by yourself. When this happens, a disability attorney will help you craft a case for your hearing that will maximize the chances that your hearing will go well and your claim will be accepted. You will also be more likely to have your claim approved more quickly.