10 Jul Hire a Lawyer for Your Social Security Disability Claim
People applying for Social Security disability benefits are often in dire financial need. It stands to reason, then, that many avoid seeking legal counsel in the hopes of saving money on their claim.
By not hiring an attorney, however, you are significantly decreasing your odds of being awarded benefits. This is particularly true at the hearing level. If you’re still on the fence, look for the following signs that it may be time to retain a lawyer in your social security disability case.
1. The Application Seems Confusing and You’re Not Sure What to Submit
Odds are, you haven’t had much experience working with the Social Security Administration before your application for disability benefits. There are many factors SSA staffers look for in evaluating a disability application, including your years on the job, the nature of your disability, and any medical records attached to your application. Any paperwork out of order or incomplete will likely lead to a denial of benefits. In fact, the vast majority of applications sent to the SSA are initially denied. Even at this early stage, an attorney can help you develop your case and raise the likelihood that your application will be accepted at its first stage.
2. Your Initial Application was Denied
If the SSA denied your initial application, it is undoubtedly a good time to seek legal help. Unless you have a legal background, you are likely unfamiliar with how the Social Security hearing process works. You must present your case in front of a review panel, which will evaluate the merits of your claim based upon what you present. Unless you have firm knowledge of the rules and regulations surrounding Social Security, your case will likely be missing many fundamental pieces of information that can aid the panel in making its ruling.
3. You Are Concerned About Your Ability to Obtain Back Pay
If you can no longer work due to an injury, you need income now to support yourself and your family. Unfortunately, a do-it-yourself Social Security disability application can significantly increase the processing times of your claim, due in part to staffers lacking the information they need to make a decision. Furthermore, you can only claim back pay for up to 12 months before your application. The longer your claim takes to process, the less back pay for which you will be eligible.
Additionally, an attorney can help you establish a clear-cut date for the onset of your injury. The SSA will often set inaccurate onset dates that shortchange applicants on back pay. An attorney can ensure that you are receiving fair payment for the accurate duration of your injury.
4. You Want to Evaluate the Quality of Your Case
First-time Social Security disability applicants are often uncertain about whether they qualify for benefits. By scheduling a free consultation with an experienced Social Security attorney, you can get insight from a professional on whether or not to take the time to process and develop your application.
If you require legal help during any stage of your Social Security disability application, Klok Law Firm can help. We help disabled individuals in Mt. Pleasant and throughout the Charleston area obtain the compensation they deserve through skilled legal representation and counsel. Call us today at 843-216-8860 to set up a meeting.