Technically speaking, you do not need to have a lawyer present to fill out an application for Social Security disability benefits. That said, it can significantly increase your chances of having your application approved if you have a lawyer assist with your application. Why is this, and why is it worth it to have a Social Security disability lawyer help you with your case?
- A lawyer can help you avoid paperwork errors
- One of the most common reasons people have their disability applications rejected is that they make simple but critical errors on their paperwork. These errors may be enough to have an application rejected outright, without the merits of your case ever being considered. A lawyer can help you fill out your application to ensure there are no mistakes, omissions, or other problems that might lead to your application being unfairly rejected.
- A lawyer make sure you have all necessary documentation
- You need fairly extensive documentation to apply for Social Security disability benefits, including personal identification, medical records, and information about your income and taxes. You may also need to answer questions about your employment, and whether or not you have obtained workers’ compensation due to your injury. A lawyer can help you compile these documents and ensure you meet all the minimum requirements to seek Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.
- A lawyer can explain any confusing parts of the process
- Another major reason that people miss out on disability benefits is they get confused about the overall process. Given that it can easily drag out for months, ensuring you are on the right path is critical to getting you your benefits as quickly as possible. By explaining the process and the law, a lawyer can make sure you always have a clear picture of what is going on at any given time.
- A lawyer can argue on your behalf
- In the event that your case goes before an administrative judge, a Social Security disability lawyer can argue on your behalf. Many people try to argue for themselves in front of these judges, and find themselves poorly prepared to defend themselves in a courtroom setting. A lawyer who understands the intricacies of the law will be a much more effective advocate than a regular person, and can get you the best chance at a good outcome.
- A lawyer can help you appeal your case
- In the event that your application is denied, that is not necessarily the end. You can still appeal your case and have it heard by other judges, giving you a second chance at success. However, to have the best chances possible, you should make sure to have a Social Security disability lawyer representing you.
The attorneys of Sullivan & Kehoe place a special focus on assisting disabled veterans. Our veterans’ disability lawyers are still available for remote consultation on your legal issues. Call our office at (800) 395-7830 to schedule a consultation in our New York City, Garden City, Kings Park, Riverhead, or White Plains office, or visit our contact page.