5 Reasons You Need a Lawyer for Your Social Security Disability Appeal

It is not fair. You have worked hard and paid into the system. Now it is time to collect on that because you have been injured and cannot work anymore.

You play by the book, go to your doctor appointments, get all the paperwork and send in your application for Social Security disability.

No money is coming in. You are getting desperate, waiting on a reply from the Social Security Office. Finally, it arrives in the mail.

You rip open the envelope. Denied! Now what?

If this sounds like you, you are not alone. At least 70% of people get denied the first time they apply for Social Security disability. 

Many people give up when they receive the first denial letter and do not bother filing a social security disability appeal. That is a mistake.

Here are five ways a lawyer for social security disability appeal can help.

Experience

It is hard to understand all the jargon and terminology involved in disability claims and appeals. The Social Security Administration has a list of rules and regulations that can be confusing to the average person.

A lawyer who specializes in Social Security disability benefits has the experience to cut through all the red tape. It is hard enough for someone who is already dealing with an injury and all the doctor’s appointments to have to try to figure out the paperwork involved.

According to the SSA, 31% of applicants get denied for reasons not related to their medical condition. Frankly, a big portion of this 31% is because of not filing the correct paperwork or missed deadlines.

Provides the Right Evidence

Your attorney will communicate with your physician and any other medical facility to get required medical records. If witnesses are needed to strengthen your case, your lawyer will present them at your hearing.

An experienced SSD lawyer knows the evidence that will strengthen your case, so you have the best chance of winning.

Your Lawyer Will Be at Your Side

When you do have to go in front of the judge, you will have your lawyer by your side. He or she will help prepare you for the questions you will face.

There will be medical experts at the hearing, and your attorney will ask the right questions during cross-examination to help your case.

Reduces Stress for Your Social Security Disability Appeal

It can take up to two years or longer to get your case resolved. Much of this depends on the complexity of the case, and where you live.

After your initial application, it takes on average, six months to receive a decision. After your first appeal, it takes anywhere from two to seven months.

These lingering timelines can be highly frustrating, exhausting and stressful.

Because of all the paperwork and phone calls, it is easy to become overwhelmed and you may feel like giving up. Having an attorney can help you see the end goal more clearly to keep you going in the right direction.

SSD Attorneys Work on a Contingency Basis

It can be difficult for a person who is struggling to pay the bills because of the lack of income. How are you supposed to have money to pay for a lawyer?!?!

Good news! An SSD lawyer receives payment only after winning your case.

The Social Security Administration regulates legal representative’s fees, and the lawyers must file a fee petition or fee agreement with the SSA.

The average payment to a lawyer for SSD representation is 25% of the past due benefits with a maximum of $6,000. Some disability lawyers will charge for any out-of-pocket costs as well.

We Can Help

There is no need to go it alone. Put the burden on our shoulders and let us help carry the load. 

Contact us right away so we can start working on your Social Security disability appeal so you can get the benefits that you deserve. 

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Out of Work Due to a Disability? 6 Community Resources That Can Help

Being out of work due to a disability can be scary and overwhelming.

Especially if you are unsure of what you should be doing until you get approved for social security.

Thankfully, there are many community resources available that can provide you with assistance and aid during your period of unemployment.

Here are 6 community resources that can help you as you navigate this period of transition.

AbilityOne

AbilityOne is a network of many community-based agencies that offer job opportunities and job training for people living with disabilities. In fact, there are more than 600 community groups involved with this organization. This makes AbilityOne a great resource for finding work, or for receiving any training you may need to make a career switch.

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) offices are dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities become employed and fully engaged within their community. This office provides employment services as well as individual counseling to people with disabilities. They even provide technical assistance and job training.

In order to be helped by the DVR, you must apply for the services. They will collect information regarding your identity, disability, and work status. You can see if you are eligible for DVR services here.

Independent Living Centers

Independent Living Centers (ILC) are another great community resource for unemployed people with disabilities. Your local ILC office can provide you with a variety of things, including job coaching and training. They also usually have connections with employers in your area that are interested in hiring people with disabilities, so they can provide you with job connections.

Disability Guide

Are you a veteran looking for more information about what disability benefits you may be entitled to? Or are you simply looking for more informational resources about disability benefits and employment? Either way, this free disability benefits guide can answer important questions such as:

  • What benefits are available to me?
  • How do I qualify for benefits?
  • How do I get these benefits?

Want to learn more? Download our free disability report.

American Job Center

Did you know there are close to 3,000 American Job Centers across the country? These centers have many resources to help you get back on your feet, such as job training and free computer access. Their counselors can help you explore job opportunities, revise your resume, and find something that works for you.

Legal Assistance

Are you stressed that you will not receive the disability benefits you deserve? If so, you should connect with a qualified attorney who can help you increase your chances of receiving your benefits. Some law firms have also compiled a variety of blog posts and articles on the subject of disability benefits that you can read before meeting with a lawyer to discuss your options.

Final Thoughts on Community Resources for People with Disabilities

Being unemployed with disabilities can be scary. But with the right community resources, it doesn’t have to be! By exploring the resources available you can find the assistance you need until you get approved for social security.

Are you looking for legal assistance for your disability benefits? Not sure where to start? Contact us for efficient and courteous legal assistance.

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