How can a Social Security disability lawyer help me get Social Security benefits?
By Kay Derochie / March 3, 2016 / Applying for Social Security Disability & SSI Benefits / 45 Comments
Learn how a disability attorney can help your disability claim or appeal and increase the chances of your getting Disability Social Security benefits.
The Many Reasons Why a Social Security Lawyer is Valuable
Attorneys who are experienced in claims for Social Security Disability can be invaluable to your success in being awarded Social Security benefits for disability. They are experienced in communicating with your physicians and past employers to facilitate collection of information pertinent to your claim.
They know the law, so when they review the facts of your case—your medical history and your work history—they see clearly which aspects of your situation meet the requirements of Social Security Disability law. As a result, the details that count get emphasized in your original claim, raising the likelihood of your being approved and avoiding having to appeal.
Similarly, if your claim has been denied, Social Security lawyers are good at reviewing your claim file and analyzing the key points to be addressed when you appeal your Social Security Disability denial, whether your appeal is a request for reconsideration, a hearing, or an Appeals Council review. For more information about Social Security’s appeal process, visit our article I Was Denied Social Security Disability. What Can I Do?
If you have to go to court, your attorney, who knows hearing rules, will know how to navigate the hearing process and will be able to present your case more cohesively for the judge than you are likely to. He or she is also experienced in questioning expert witnesses, such as vocational or medical specialists.
In summary, it helps to have someone in your corner who knows the ropes when you are pursuing a application for disability Social Security benefits.
More about Social Security Hearings and Attorneys
For more information about Social Security Disability hearings, please see our several articles about hearings, starting with What is a Social Security Disability Hearing, and What Can I Expect When I Request a Disability Hearing? If you are wondering how to pay for legal representation to get Social Security benefits, see our article How Do Social Security Disability Attorneys Get Paid for Representing You in Your Disability Claim?
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