Filing for a Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can be a tiresome and confusing process. Most applicants do not know how to fill the necessary paperwork and submit the correct medical documentation. And this explains why a huge percentage of SSD claims end up being declined.
While you are under no obligation to work with an attorney when applying for your SSD claims, engaging one can greatly improve your chances of getting a positive outcome. Here are two reasons why you need to engage an attorney when filing your SSD claim.
To help you understand the disability benefits you could be eligible for
As already mentioned, the process of applying for SSD benefits tends to be complex right from the start. Since the Social Security Administration (SSA) offers two different benefits programs — the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) — figuring out which program you qualify for can be daunting. This is where a lawyer comes in to evaluate your work history, income and financial situation to help you understand the most appropriate benefits for your case.
To ensure that your application is accurately filed
When applying for your SSD benefits, you will be required to prove that your condition meets the SSA’s strict definition of “disabled.” This means that you have to demonstrate that you have suffered a severe medical impairment that has lasted, or is projected to last, at least 12 months. Besides proving that you are medically impaired, you also need to ensure that you have duly filled all the required documentation and attached all the relevant medical records. An experienced SSD lawyer will explain exactly what you need to provide and ensure that your application is accurately filed to give you the best chance of approval.
The process of filing for and obtaining SSD benefits can be both complicated and confusing. Engaging an experienced legal professional can help you understand every step of the SSD application process and boost your chances of getting the compensation to which you are entitled.