A denied disability claim can seem devastating. However, it is important to remember that many claims are rejected because of an error with the application, not because you are able to work. Application errors can range from simple mistakes to a lack of credible medical evidence, so asking a professional to help with the process is always encouraged. This is where an experienced Social Security attorney can help. These lawyers are extremely well-versed in the language of disability benefits applications and know exactly what the Social Security Administration (SSA) is looking for. Here are some ways an attorney can help you after a denial.
They Can Help With Appeals
The appeals process for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can become complicated very quickly. The SSA allows a relatively simple first appeal called “reconsideration,” where your application is resubmitted to a different claims specialist. This is an excellent time to have your claim bolstered by your lawyer. Occasionally this is all it takes to be approved on appeal. If you are denied a second time, however, the process becomes more legally complicated. There is a much better success rate if you employ counsel.
They Can Help Provide Evidence
The SSA is looking for concrete evidence of a disability that significantly impacts your life. There must be compelling proof that your ability to earn an income has been severely affected. Your disability attorney can prove this by requesting evidence from your doctors, counselors, or physical therapist. Furthermore, they can ascertain medical records, X-rays, and medication lists that reinforce your claim. Attorneys know how to submit this evidence efficiently and professionally. That can sometimes be the most important thing when dealing with bureaucracy.
They Can Add Credibility
Your Social Security attorney will know how these more complicated appeals are done, and they will organize things in a way that will make a judge look upon the case more favorably. The next step after your reconsideration appeal is to schedule a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge. In this situation, your attorney can “speak the language” better than someone going through the process for the first time. They can help navigate you through the pitfalls of a hearing and add professionalism.
For more information on how an attorney can help with your disability claim, call Drew L. Johnson, P.C. Attorneys At Law, at (541) 434-6466.