Why you should have an attorney before submitting your appeal?
Each year the Social Security Administration receives millions of disability applications. Some applicants choose to work with a Social Security Disability attorney while others choose not to. If you are considering applying for disability benefits you may be wondering if you need a disability attorney in order to apply for benefits.
You do not need an attorney to apply for Social Security Disability benefits. In fact, most Social Security Disability attorneys will not even represent a client until the initial application for benefits has been denied. However, if you are suffering from a disabling condition that is not covered in the SSA's listing of impairments, if you don’t have enough medical evidence to prove your disability, or you cannot show why your disability is making it impossible for you to return to work, you may have a very difficult time proving your disability case to the Social Security Administration.
There is an old saying that states that, “a man who represents himself in court has a fool for a client.” If you decide to represent yourself during your disability appeal and you lose your case, you will likely have to re-apply for benefits all over again. Every time this happens it delays your ability to receive Social Security Disability benefits.
If you do not have an attorney representing your case, you could waste years of time, effort and money trying to represent yourself. In the end, you may have to turn to the services of a qualified attorney when you are forced to file a second (or even third or fourth) claim for Social Security Disability benefits.
That is why we highly recommended you hire an attorney to assist with your disability claim.
During the initial stage of the Social Security application process, Renda Law will provide you with valuable guidance on how to gather the appropriate medical documentation needed to prove your disability case and how you should submit your application in order to increase your chances of being approved at the initial application stage.
If, for some reason, your initial application is denied, we will help you through the Social Security Disability appeals process. Fewer than 20 percent of appeals are approved at this stage of the claim process. Therefore, the next stage of appeals is a Social Security Disability hearing.
When you attend your Social Security Disability hearing, you will be appearing before an Administrative Law Judge. Most applicants should have legal representation during this stage of the appeal process. This is where you will have your greatest chance of overturning the Social Security Administration's decision to deny your disability benefits. Nearly two-thirds of appeals are won at the disability hearing with strong representation.
It is important to remember that your chances of receiving a favorable decision at your disability hearing are significantly increased if you have a local attorney representing you in front of the Administrative Law Judge.
At Renda Law we work with you every step of the way and advise you on how best to win your case as quickly as possible so that you can receive your benefits.