Do you need a lawyer?
POSTED BY Sarah Cooke . May 8, 2020
If you are considering filing a Social Security disability claim, you may be wondering if you should contact a lawyer. In many cases, the answer is yes. Read on to learn how a legal representative can assist you.
First, it’s important to understand that the process of filing a claim can be quite difficult and time consuming. Dealing with the Social Security Administration can be confusing, and applicants may be unfamiliar with the terminology they use. But this is what an attorney specializing in Social Security Disability does every day. Your legal representative will have a detailed understanding of the process, and they will know how to present your case in a way that improves your chances of being approved for disability benefits. They know what to look for in terms of medical records, and they understand how to describe your health situation accurately.
While it is possible to file a claim on your own, statistics demonstrate that those who hire a legal representative are much more likely to be approved. Many cases are initially denied due to the applicant’s inability to present the necessary medical evidence, but an attorney can help you avoid that risk. In addition, the earlier in the filing process you contact an attorney, the better, as they can help you get on the right track from the start.
In addition, if your case is denied, your attorney will represent you throughout the appeals process. They will know how to look for key evidence, like additional or updated medical records, that will strengthen your case. Many cases are initially denied, but that is not the end of the process, and your legal representative will be well equipped to appeal your case.
Finally, an attorney can assist with the review and/or completion of any required paper work throughout your claim. Again, much of this paperwork can be lengthy and confusing, and a legal representative has the knowledge and experience to ensure the paperwork is completed entirely and accurately in the best interest of your claim. An attorney can communicate with SSA as needed to obtain the status of your claim and assist with obtaining information that may cause delays.
If you have additional questions about Social Security benefits, or if you’d like to learn more about filing a Social Security disability claim, feel free to contact us anytime at 1-877-526-3457. We have an experienced team of West Virginia Social Security Disability attorneys, and one of our representatives will be happy to answer your questions. Or if you’d prefer to contact us online, please fill out this form and we will respond to you shortly.