5 Reasons to Hire a Social Security Disability Lawyer
If you’re unable to work due to a disability, you may be able to get the financial help you need through Social Security benefits. But in order to receive Social Security disability benefits, you’ll have to meet Social Security Administration standards. This process involves submitting multiple forms that include medical reports, employment records, and more.
If you need to file a claim for SSD benefits, you should consider hiring a Social Security disability attorney. Not only will Social Security disability lawyers help guide you through the process and ensure your filings are complete, but simply being represented by a qualified attorney will often give you a better chance of having your application approved. If you’re still unsure as to why you should hire a Social Security disability attorney, here are five reasons to do so:
- The majority of SSD benefits claims are initially denied
According to the Social Security Administration, nearly 53% of disability claims were initially denied. In fact, at the initial claim level, only about 28% of applicants were awarded benefits. Those who are represented by lawyers generally have a better chance of getting benefits because applications are usually complete — and it never hurts to have a knowledgeable attorney on your side.
- Denials are often based on a technicality
Many times, an application denial can be traced back to a technicality, rather than on worthiness of the applicant. In 2010, around 31% of SSD applications were rejected based on “technical denials,” rather than on the individual’s disability or the medical facts of the case. Luckily, Social Security attorneys know how to catch these errors and know how to appeal them if they do slip by.
- Laws are complex and are always changing
In general, laws are always subject to change, but this is especially true of Social Security disability benefits laws. They also tend to be very complex and strict. For instance, should your application be denied, there’s a specific timetable that needs to be followed. Those who use SSD lawyers for their applications can rest easy knowing that their attorneys are well-versed in the complexities of the law and any changes that will impact them.
- You aren’t responsible for out-of-pocket fees
Some people don’t even think about hiring a lawyer simply due to the cost. This isn’t surprising, since around 75% of Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck and nearly 27% have no savings to speak of. But with a SSD claim, you won’t be responsible for any fees out of pocket. That means that, unless you are awarded benefits, you will not have to pay any of those fees. Your lawyers’ fees are based on the benefits you receive.
- You’ll have peace of mind
Having a professional fighting for you will help you to have some peace of mind during a stressful time. When you hire an experienced lawyer, he or she will make sure your application is correct, thorough, and in the proper format. This means you’ll have a lot less to worry about and can focus on what really matters. And if your claim is denied initially, your lawyer can help you decide on the next steps to take.
If you’re disabled and are unable to work, our qualified attorneys can help you to file a Social Security disability benefits application. To find out more or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.