Do I Need to Hire an Attorney Prior to Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits?
Applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) is a complicated process with many opportunities to have your application stalled or denied. In many cases, it is possible to apply on your own and get your application accepted, even without an attorney. However, hiring an attorney to help you with your application process can be a huge help. Especially without prior experience applying for disability benefits for a family member, it can be a daunting task. Talk to a social security disability lawyer at Young, Marr, and Associates today for a free consultation on your disability case and help to understand the benefits of working with an attorney.
Do I Need an Attorney to Apply for Disability?
Hiring an attorney to help you with your SSD application has a few clear benefits. First, an attorney who works with disability applicants has experience handling applications and understands the process. If you have never applied for disability before – which is likely, since most disability applications come from first-time applicants – you might need help figuring out what forms are necessary and what kind of information you should give.
If you are disabled and cannot go to work, you likely need assistance with your application. A spouse or loved one can probably help you with your application, and talking to your doctor may help you gather the information you may need. However, it is unfair for the SSA to expect people who are too disabled to perform job tasks to do something as complicated as fill out disability paperwork. An attorney can help you with this task.
Lastly, working with an attorney can help improve your chances of approval. Many disability applicants who do not work with an attorney fail to provide full information, and their claims are delayed or denied. In many cases, if the Social Security Administration (SSA) cannot determine whether you qualify for disability, they will delay the application while they request additional information. Our attorneys know what kind of information they need and can help you supply this information the first time. We can also help you ensure that your information is accurate.
While you certainly can apply for Social Security Disability without an attorney, it can be a difficult, complex process. Instead of adding to the stress you and your family face, consider letting one of our lawyers help with your application while you focus on coping with your condition.
What Happens if My Disability Application is Denied?
If you do apply without the help of a Social Security Disability lawyer, you may find that your application was denied. In some cases, your application will not be denied outright, and the SSA will simply request additional information. Either situation demonstrates an excellent opportunity to bring an attorney into your case.
If your application requires additional information, our lawyers can help you understand what information you need and help you submit it to the SSA. In some cases, you may be required to fill out medical evaluation forms (and to have a doctor fill out a similar form). These forms are complex, and our lawyers can help you understand what answers to give and how much information to provide. In the case that your condition is not on the SSA’s list of approved disabilities, you may need to submit additional paperwork to verify that your condition or injury meets the SSA’s definition of “severe” and qualifies you for benefits. Our lawyers can also help with this process and fight for a “medical vocational allowance” (Med-Voc) for an unlisted condition.
If your application was denied outright, our lawyers can help file disability appeals. In many cases, the SSD will deny your application because it is incomplete or inaccurate, but they may allow you to resubmit it. At that point, one of our attorneys can step in and help ensure your application is complete and accurate. If it is denied because your condition does not qualify or your condition is not severe, our lawyers can help you get additional medical evidence and testimony to fight the denial.
If your case is set for a disability denial hearing, we can also represent you in those hearings. Disability hearings are like typical court proceedings, and hiring an attorney to navigate the courtroom and the complex legal issues can be an incredible help. Especially if you are physically disabled, it may be difficult for you to take the time and effort to act as your own lawyer.
Our Disability Attorneys Can Help in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
If you or a loved one is applying for Social Security Disability through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), talk to an attorney today. The Pennsylvania and New Jersey disability lawyers at Young, Marr, and Associates represent disabled people in either state and help them and their families to get their disability applications approved. For a free consultation on your case, contact our law offices today at (215) 701-6519 if you are in PA or (609) 755-3115 if you are in NJ.