Is hiring a lawyer necessary or helpful when first applying for Social Security Disability benefits?
When initially applying for Social Security Disability there are many concerns to be faced,
one of which is whether or not it would be a good idea to hire a lawyer to assist in the process.
It is possible to be awarded disability benefits without hiring an attorney.
Most applicants complete and submit the initial application on their own. Usually applicants will hire an attorney at the appeals stage, but it’s not mandatory. Even if you are required to go to a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge, you can choose to represent yourself. However, there are many reasons why this is not a recommended choice and there are several important benefits to having a professional advocate at your side during this long and highly important process.
If you are attempting to apply for disability benefits we can help. Most applications are denied initially. We work to improve your chances of a favorable judgement by making sure all your information is present and correct. We know what the SSA is looking for. If we feel you don’t need an attorney we will tell you. Call 512-454-4000 for a free consultation today.
The Social Security Administration says well over half (nearly two-thirds) of initial claims for Social Security Disability Insurance are denied.
Further, three quarters of individuals applying for both disability insurance and Supplement Security Income are denied. Most claims are denied because they are incomplete, contain errors, or don’t provide enough evidence to support the claim. The application process is long, tedious and confusing. Applicants often miss important details, leave sections incomplete, or simply don’t provide enough information. An insufficient work history or a lack of complete, coherent medical records are among the most common reasons claims are denied.
Some applicants are not aware that most claims are denied.
If you have been denied, don’t give up. Believe in your claim. Most legitimate cases are eventually approved- as long as the applicant remains persistent and keeps appealing. It can be difficult to deal with the appeals process alone, especially while dealing with the medical and financial problems that accompany disability. It is for this reason that many applicants choose to hire professional representation; having a lawyer by your side through the appeals processes and through administrative hearings greatly increases your odds of success. Having an advocate by your side can be invaluable in such an intimidating process. No lawyer can guarantee your claim will succeed, but hiring an attorney will significantly increase the odds of your claim being awarded.
There are many reasons why those who hire professional representatives tend to be more successful than individuals attempting to file their claim alone:
- An experienced disability lawyer will know how the process works and what to expect.
- An attorney will help ensure forms are filled out properly and deadlines are met.
- An attorney knows what the Social Security Administration is looking for and will present your claim in the best possible light.