Have you suffered an injury that has rendered you unable to work? You may have thought about applying for Social Security disability benefits but don’t know where to start or maybe you have submitted a request for benefits, but were denied.
Actually, many initial applications submitted to the Social Security Administration are denied. The Social Security Administration likes to treat complex cases in a routine manner, which is quite ineffective. There are only a handful of medical conditions that the Social Security Administration will approve granting benefits for on the initial application. However, there are many other medical conditions, coupled with other facts and circumstances, that would entitle a person to receive benefits.
Medical evidence is the cornerstone of the disability process. It is critical to assemble the necessary medical documentation, including records and reports to prove your case.
Unless you have one of the medical conditions that warrants, under the Social Security Administration standards, an immediate approval, you will inevitably be faced with learning how to navigate the Social Security Administration system, which includes making sure you meet pertinent deadlines, building a case to prove that you are in fact unable to work, and presenting such evidence in front of an Administrative Law Judge during a hearing on appeal, which usually takes place, since most applications are initially denied.
Statistics show that a disability claimant who is represented by an attorney at the hearing level is twice as likely to be approved as an unrepresented claimant, and the chances of getting approved for benefits greatly increases for those who take the time to appeal an initial denial. When you appeal your case, a hearing will be scheduled, at which time you have the opportunity to present your case in front of an administrative law judge. An attorney can assist you with gathering and organizing the necessary medical records, getting them to the Administrative Law Judge, and helping you present your case to the judge at the hearing.
Not only will you be presenting evidence at the hearing, but you will also be questioned about your disability by the judge. No doubt, being asked questions by a judge can be quite intimidating. An attorney can help calm the nerves and prepare you for such questioning by the judge.
Even if you haven’t yet submitted an application for Social Security disability benefits, it is not too soon to seek legal representation. Having a representative can be quite helpful even during the initial stages of the disability benefits application process. A 2010 report by the Office of the Inspector General indicated that having a disability representative early in the process significantly improves the chances of getting approved for benefits.
Disability under the Social Security Administration standards is measured by a different standard than under other systems, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act. Navigating the rules and standards of the Social Security Administration process can be quite frustrating and intimidating for someone unfamiliar with them.
You may be entitled to benefits even though the Social Security Administration has denied your claim. Call us for a free consultation. We do not charge a fee if we are unsuccessful in obtaining disability benefits for you.
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