The Social Security process is designed to be navigated by everyone. Anyone can apply for benefits or appeals without the assistance of a lawyer. That said, Social Security funds are being depleted at an alarming rate. The Covid-19 pandemic has only increased the need for benefits as millions of Americans find themselves unable to work. It’s only reasonable then to expect the approval process for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to continue to tighten.
You have the right to seek professional representation when dealing with the Social Security Administration (SSA). Studies have shown you have a better chance of being approved for SSDI or SSI if you utilize the expertise of a lawyer. Your lawyer can help fill out applications on your behalf, and obtain medical records and other evidence for your claim. They can review your case and spot any mistakes or omissions before meeting with Social Security officials. This gives you the greatest chance of being approved.
The Appeals Process
No one wants to have their Social Security application denied. Many Americans rely on Social Security benefits to keep them afloat through their ongoing disabilities. If for some reason, your application is denied, your attorney can jump straight into the appeals process. The appeals process for Social Security benefits can quickly become a mountain of red tape, and it’s good to have a knowledgeable resource at your disposal.
If your claim is denied the first time, an attorney can help improve things on the first appeals process. Reconsideration is when you formally request that your claim be looked at again with fresh eyes. The review is considered by a new SSA employee who had nothing to do with your initial denial. Many people file a new claim after being denied, but this is a mistake. The appeals process holds your greatest chance of eventually being approved.
The Administrative Law Judge
If reconsideration is also denied, it’s time to meet with an Administrative Law Judge. This is an official Social Security hearing, and the need for an attorney here cannot be overstated. Here you’ll be asked to present your evidence of disability in a hearing setting. Many may find the procedures and jargon of a hearing entirely foreign. An attorney in your corner dramatically improves your chances.
If your Social Security application has been denied, let us help. Call Drew L. Johnson, P.C. Attorneys At Law today, at (541) 434-6466.