Social Security Disability Insurance is a Federally run program that provides supplemental income for those with disabilities that make it difficult for them to maintain employment. If you are unable to work due to a disability you might be eligible to receive these benefits. Individuals who believe they qualify for this benefit need to apply through the Social Security Administration or SSA.
Hiring a Social Security Disability lawyer at this point in the process can save valuable time. They can help the applicant gather documentation of their disability. They also can help the applicant choose the best wording on their application to increase the likelihood of their acceptance. A Social Security Disability lawyer is especially vital if the applicant’s disability doesn’t fall under the Social Security Administration’s list of impairments, are complicated, or atypical.
A Social Security Disability lawyer has experience with the Social Security Administration and knows what keywords are being looked for in the applications. They know what things tend to stop an application as well as what things are likely to give an application a “green light.”
Request for Reconsideration
If your request for Social Security Disability is denied, a Request for Reconsideration is the first step in the appeals process. If you didn’t have a Social Security Disability lawyer when you initially filed, now is a good time to consider hiring one. They can look over the paperwork that was filed and the documentation presented in the initial application. There may be something small creating the denial that an expert lawyer will be able to catch and correct. Not many appeals cases are approved in this stage which is why it is a good idea to have a Social Security Disability lawyer from the start.
If the issue is something small and easily fixable, a Social Security Disability lawyer may be able to help you get your acceptance at this phase of the appeals process which is ideal. If your appeal fails in the Request for Reconsideration, then the final stage of appeal is a Social Security Disability Hearing.
Social Security Disability Hearing
A Social Security Disability hearing takes place before an Administrative Law Judge. The Judge asks the applicant questions. He may also ask questions of expert witnesses such as doctors or other medical personnel.
If you didn’t have a lawyer before this hearing, you absolutely should have one now. An attorney is allowed to speak on the applicant’s behalf during these proceedings and to ask them additional questions. This assures the Judge gets the clearest picture of the applicant’s condition and limitations. A lawyer is vital at this step of the appeals process because they prepare the applicant for trial in many ways including asking them test questions. They can help the applicant plan their responses and make them more comfortable with what they will be asked. This preparation allows the applicant to be as ready as possible to answer the Judge’s questions truthfully, but in a way that puts their situation in the most positive light.
A Social Security Disability Hearing can be stressful for those who didn’t go to law school. Having a Social Security Disability lawyer advocating for you increases the likelihood that your appeal will be accepted.
If you reside in the Long Island, Queens, Nassau, or Suffolk areas of New York, Robert Golan can assist you in getting the Social Security Disability benefits you deserve. He is an experienced attorney who is eager to help you. Call today for a free lawyer consultation at (516) 586-3910.Share This