Reasons to Speak With a Social Security Disability Attorney

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Reasons to Speak With a Social Security Disability Attorney

If you have a disability that prevents you from maintaining gainful employment, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. However, the process of claiming those benefits is often complicated and challenging. Speaking with an SSD lawyer right from the start can make your life easier in many ways.

Receive a Preliminary Evaluation to Check If You May Qualify for Benefits

You can save yourself a lot of time and effort by checking to make sure you qualify for SSD benefits before you begin your application. During the preliminary evaluation, your attorney can evaluate your eligibility to claim SSD benefits by investigating your disability, the severity of your symptoms, and your inability to work. They can review the Social Security Administrations (SSA’s) listing of impairments with you to help you learn more about how you may support your claim for SSD.

Get Help with Your Initial Social Security Application

Once you determine your eligibility and decide to file for benefits, your next steps will involve filling out an application and submitting it to the SSA. You will need to complete several detailed forms and attach supporting documentation to prove your eligibility. 

If any of the information in your application is missing, incomplete, or incorrect, the SSA will likely deny your claim. You can increase your chances of success by working with a knowledgeable attorney who can ensure your application is free of avoidable errors.

Update the SSA About Changes in Your Medical Records

If any changes to your medical condition occur during or after the SSD application process, it’s essential to notify the SSA immediately. To do so, you’ll need to submit additional paperwork and medical records to keep the SSA in the loop. A disability attorney can communicate this information to the SSA on your behalf so you can focus on your health.

Ensure You File Your Appeal Before the Deadline

The SSA denies many first-time SSD applications because of various eligibility issues, filing errors, or incomplete paperwork. However, applicants have the right to appeal these denials by requesting an SSD hearing.

If you receive a notice of the SSA’s decision to deny your claim, you have 60 days from the day you receive that notice to appeal the decision. Disability attorneys are familiar with this tight deadline and can help you file your appeal promptly and correctly.

Receive Representation at Your Hearing

When you file an appeal, your case may go before an administrative law judge for additional review. At this stage, the SSA will likely tap experts such as medical professionals and vocational specialists to support its decision.

You deserve to have a dedicated advocate and your own team of experts to look out for your best interests. When you work with an SSD lawyer, they can establish a solid supporting argument for your case and consult with expert witnesses on your behalf.

Contact Our Experienced Florida Social Security Disability Attorneys Today

To learn more about how a Florida disability benefits lawyer can support your SSD claim, contact the Disability Law Firm today. We can explain your legal rights and your eligibility status in a free initial consultation.