It is possible to get Social Security Disability without a lawyer. You have a right to legal representation to handle your case, whether you are initially applying for benefits or are appealing a denial you received. An attorney may help you through the application process and the appeals process. They offer legal services that may allow you to focus on your overall health and well-being instead of applying or appealing to the Social Security Administration.
Your lawyer can monitor your case, speak with the right SSA representatives, and file an appeal on your behalf.
Legal Services for Your Disability Case
The Social Security Administration turns down most of the disability claims that are submitted each year. Your attorney can provide certain services that may help your application contain all the proper elements. A lawyer may:
Ensure the Application Is Correct
One of the reasons why most disability claims are turned down is because most applicants do not know how to fill out the paperwork process. Filling out an application can be confusing for a first-applicant.
Even with all the resources that SSA provides, one mistake can cause an application to be turned down. Your attorney can fill out all of the documents for you and make sure that your application adheres to all regulations in the application process.
Provide Progress Updates
Your attorney can review your case as need and check in with the SSA on your behalf. They can keep you updated on the progress of your application and let you know if there are any problems. You never have to wonder what is going on with your application.
Represent You at Appeals
If the SSA denies your application, your attorney can represent you at all of the appeals. They can collect and submit all necessary documents and evidence at the appeals and make a case as to why you deserve your disability benefits.
During the appeal, your attorney will help the judge understand the nature of your medical condition and how your disability has impacted your ability to work, your home life, and your finances.
For a free legal consultation, call (412) 661-1400
Taking on Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation Cases
Sometimes disability cases also involve a personal injury case or workers’ compensation case.
Although your personal injury case will not affect your ability to receive a disability benefit, you may still want a lawyer to communicate with the at-fault party or their insurance company. A law firm has a legal team that can provide services such as:
- Managing all disability/personal injury simultaneously.
- Engaging with all relevant parties on your behalf.
- Fighting to get you the maximum benefits in all cases.
- Keeping you updated on all cases.
No matter how complex your case is, an attorney may still represent you if you suffered due to someone’s negligence.
When to Contact an Attorney
In a disability case, the sooner you contact your lawyer, the sooner they may begin building your case. Your attorney can help you evaluate the validity of your case and then guide on the best way to proceed.
Also, some people hire an attorney before applying instead of after getting turned down. An appeals process can delay your benefits by several more months. If you get your application right the first time, you may be approved without going through an appeals process.
Contact Berger and Green to Get Started with Your Potential Case
Berger and Green provides legal services for accident victims who apply for disability. To find out more about how we can help you, call (412) 661-1400 for a free case evaluation.