If you are uncomfortable navigating through government programs or feel overwhelmed at the thought of applying for Social Security disability, then hiring an attorney may be the right thing for you to do.
An experienced attorney can help you with many steps along the way. When filing an initial claim, there is actually very little for an attorney to do, other than advise you, help you fill out forms, gather paperwork and assist in responding the requests by Social Security.
But the further you go in the process, especially if your claim is denied, the more valuable an attorney becomes.
Most people retain an attorney after their disability application has been denied. Because applicants have only 65 days to file a Reconsideration Appeal, an attorney can be a valuable asset in helping complete the required paperwork in a timely manner. More than 80 percent of Reconsideration Appeals are denied and to pursue a claim means that you must request a hearing in front of an administrative law judge.
The period leading up to the hearing and the actual hearing itself are generally when an attorney proves to be the most valuable for claimants. An attorney is able to monitor your case and stay in contact with Social Security, responding to any correspondence they might send. The attorney will review all the files that are currently part of your claim, and as your hearing draws closer, he/she will update your files so that you have the most current medical records to support your disability claim.