Years of Experience Make A Difference – The Importance of Hiring a Local Social Security Disability Attorney to Handle Your Claim
If you find yourself unable to work and are considering filing a Social Security Disability claim, you may be confused about when and why to hire an attorney, and whether or not you should hire a local attorney. You are not alone. It's natural to feel some uncertainty, however, if you're seeking disability benefits, it is important to have a full-service attorney on your side to guide you through the process. It’s also important to hire an attorney who is local and has an established practice with proven success and experience. Renda Law in Tacoma is local, near you, and here to help you get the benefits you deserve.
Here are five reasons why it's beneficial to hire an experienced, local, Social Security attorney:
Preparation of the Initial Social Security Disability Claim
Your attorney can offer suggestions to help you file your claim to make sure that your application contains the information necessary to maximize the money you may receive and minimize your wait time. Your attorney will also advise you, letting you know what information and documentation Social Security needs, preventing delays and possibly a denial.
Filing of Social Security Disability Appeals
If you know anyone who is receiving disability benefits, they’ll tell you how important the appeals process can be for obtaining your benefits. The overwhelming majority of applications are denied, which makes preparing for appeals an essential part of your attorney's job. Social Security cases often involve several appeals. It’s important to keep in mind that there are strict deadlines for these appeals. Your attorney will keep you aware of these deadlines and have procedures in place to make sure that appeals are filed on time. If you work with a local attorney, it’s easier to meet with them and talk everything through face-to-face, and to feel comfortable calling when you have questions.
Management of Social Security Disability Evidence
Your attorney will make sure Social Security has the evidence it needs to award you your well-deserved benefits. They will provide comprehensive information about your doctors and/or hospitalizations so that the appropriate medical records can be obtained and can often communicate with your doctors about other documentation which may support your case. Sometimes, it can be helpful to present witnesses at your hearing or obtain evidence from your former employers. Your attorney will know the evidence that will help you, making your case as strong as possible. If you work with a local attorney this process is much faster, and since they are familiar with many of the decision makers involved, they will know how to guide you.
Representation at Your Social Security Disability Hearing
Your attorney will be by your side when you go before the judge at your Social Security hearing. Before you see the judge, your lawyer will communicate with you and prepare you for the hearing and answer all your questions. The pre-hearing communication also gives the attorney the information necessary to ask you the right questions at the hearing so you can offer the most persuasive testimony possible. You can imagine that having someone you know, who you’ve met with in person, and you feel truly understands your situation and claim, will make this process much easier.
At Renda Law in Tacoma, WA we work with you before the hearing in a sympathetic and compassionate manner so that we fully understand your situation, impairments or conditions. By working with us from the start we can guide you and work with you every step of the way.
If you are considering filing a claim or have been denied, we can help! We are in Tacoma, WA, but have helped many clients throughout the south Puget Sound region. With more than 28 years of experience, Todd R. Renda of Renda Law, is here to help you get the benefits you deserve!