Social Security Disability Applications Need Experience

Social Security Disability Application and Experience

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Q: How can an attorney help with my Social Security Disability application? Someone at my local Social Security office told me that I don’t want an attorney to help me apply.

A:  Without an attorney there are a couple of ways to apply for disability, and each of those ways will likely result in either an incomplete application or a bare-bones application.  Applying online over the internet seems like it would be the easy way to go, however, you’ll likely come across some questions that you don’t understand and are unsure of how to answer. Leaving anything blank or providing only barebones information can result in denial of your claim.  Applying at your local Social Security office or over the phone with a Social Security representative often leads to incomplete and inaccurate applications as well. Disability applications require very detailed information about your medical treatment and job history. Many times you won’t have all of this information with you when you’re at the Social Security office or when you’re on the phone with a representative. Not to fault government workers, but if you’ve ever been to a Social Security office, you can see that the representatives are overworked and simply trying to get through the significant lines of people that they deal with on a daily basis. At Social Security, they’ll call your number when it’s finally your turn, and they’ll treat you like a number too. A little-known fact is that the representative is also required to note their perception of your disability on the application. So if you have a back problem and you happen to be having one of those rare good days, the Social Security Representative will likely note that they didn’t see anything wrong with you.An attorney can help with your application by explaining the questions Social Security is asking. Social Security often denies people for minor mistakes on an application; these errors can be prevented when you work with an attorney experienced in filing applications. A good attorney will take all of the information needed for your application and review it before submitting the application to Social Security. Your chances of being approved are significantly increased when an attorney assists you in filing your application; an attorney wants you to win your case, they’ll take the time to make sure that your application is done right.

Social Security Disability Applications
When submitting an application for disability the Social Security Administration will gather your medical records. Just make sure you give the correct information when applying otherwise the records won’t be collected and evaluated as part of your claim.

When applying for disability a mistake we see very often is claimants, without representation, applying for the wrong programs. There are two disability programs through Social Security Disability. When you apply for one you do not automatically apply for the other. They have two applications. Combining the two applications is not a challenge that has been achieved by the Social Security Administration. .Social Security is still catching up with the rest of us living with a computer at home, at the office, in our pocket, our car, all networked to grandma’s Life Alert, and the computer keeping her heart pumping. Many times people do not realize there are two programs let alone what the eligibility requirements are for these programs. Any decent Social Security Firm should be able to figure what programs you probably are eligible for in less than ten questions. If you apply for the wrong program and are not aware of the other program it will add months and possibly years because you just didn’t know.

“A good attorney will take all of the information needed for your application and review it before submitting the application to Social Security. “
“Our job to make this as painless as possible for our clients.  We need our clients to stay focused on the path we have set for them and let us worry about the big and little picture.”

Many things can come up during the long process of disability application.  Things can pop up during the application phase, after a denial, during an appeal, while waiting for a scheduled hearing date.  It is like most things in life; you get what you pay for.  If you are worried about the cost of having representation consider that you are paying for our experience to give your claim, it’s best shot.  A lot of the time clients will think nothing is going on, and their attorney is doing nothing for them.  This is usually far from the truth.  We get paid to deal with Social Security.  If something comes up that we can deal with, and there is no need to stress a client out about the issue we usually don’t bring it up.  That is our job to make this as painless as possible for our clients.  We need our clients to stay focused on the path we have set for them and let us worry about the big and little picture.