Every claim for Social Security disability benefits is different. As the claims process is very complex, it is in your best interest to hire a Social Security attorney. There are two different benefit packages available, and each address different applicants. SSDI, Social Security Disability Insurance, is for those who have worked and contributed to the system. SSI, Supplemental Security Income, is available to those less fortunate.
Applicants for disability benefits do not have to be represented. However, statistics show that applicants who had their initial claim denied and are facing the appeals process stand a better chance of success when they have a knowledgeable attorney working on their behalf. Not only can an attorney help tip the scales in your favor, but they can also often help to get an earlier disability onset date, both of which are very beneficial.
It can be helpful to discuss your claim with an attorney before applying for benefits. However, the majority of claimants wait until they see the outcome of their initial claim. It is when the claim is rejected that they hire an attorney to help them win on appeal.
The Benefits of Hiring an Attorney
The first stage of the appeals process is simply to request that the initial decision be reconsidered. As nothing has changed, rarely does a request for reconsideration result in approval of the claim. The best chance of getting your claim approved is when you get an opportunity to present your claim, and substantiating evidence, to an Administrative Law Judge.
When you reach the hearing, your attorney will have everything in order and be in a position to make a winning appeal. By this time, your attorney will be armed with all substantiating medical records and an opinion from your physician. Prior to the hearing, you will be made aware of what questions to expect the judge to ask, and how best to answer them.
If you need a Social Security attorney to help with your disability claim, contact The Law Offices of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. in Chicago. To schedule a free initial consultation, visit https://www.rabinsslaw.com. Follow us on twitter.