Ease the Process of Filing for Disability Benefits
Filing for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) can be a long and challenging process. The Social Security Administration requires a significant amount of documentation in order to evaluate and make a ruling on any type of claim for disability. Collecting and providing that information can be a very time-consuming task and it is extremely important to provide accurate and timely information. Hiring an attorney who specializes in filing SSDI claims can help ease the process and enhances the chance that a claim will be approved on the first request.
According to some sources, about 70 percent of SSDI claims are denied on the first application. It is a myth that every claim is denied outright, but there is a greater chance of denial on the first request if the information provided is not complete, or does not thoroughly document the disability and the long-term prognosis.
The first criterion that an applicant must meet is earning gross income that averages less than $1,090 per month. If the applicant does make less than this amount, then the next phase of the process is the evaluation of the medical and/or psychological records that would support the claim. This is a lengthy and sometimes frustrating procedure. It may take many months for the review of the records and the SSA may require the applicant to undergo additional medical evaluations or testing.
Hiring a disability attorney prior to beginning this process can help applicants in a number of ways:
• An attorney can help ensure that the applicant is in compliance with the rules and regulations guiding the disability process
• They can assist the applicant in securing all the necessary medical and psychological documentation so that a comprehensive and correct application can be submitted
• Since communication between an attorney and his or her client is privileged, applicants can get accurate answers to difficult questions without fear of reprisal
• There is a much greater chance of success with the guidance of an attorney who is experienced and understands the regulations and rules governing the granting of disability benefits
For individuals who have been denied SSDI benefits and are appealing the decision, an attorney is invaluable:
• An experienced attorney can review the documentation that has been submitted to see what may have been missed or documented incorrectly
• They can make a determination as to whether or not an appeal will be successful based on their prior experience
• They can suggest other avenues of support and resources that may be available to applicants who are in need of basic supports, like housing, food, medical care or assistance with utilities
Hiring a disability attorney can ease the process of filing for SSDI benefits significantly and increase the chance of an approval. Most experienced disability attorneys offer a free or low-cost consultation in order to advise the applicant on the viability of their case and the likelihood of success.