Why Do I Need an SSD Attorney?
If you’re planning to file for Social Security Disability benefits – or if you’ve already applied and your claim was denied – you might want to consider hiring an SSD benefits attorney.
How an SSD Attorney Can Help You
Before you head to the Social Security Administration office in Tullahoma, Columbia, McMinnville, or Lawrenceburg, take time to consider whether you need professional legal help with your SSD application. Here are some reasons to consider hiring an SSD attorney:
You get legal help without paying any money up front. An SSD attorney does not collect payment in advance directly from you while pursuing your SSD benefits. Attorney fees are deducted from any SSD benefits you receive, which means you can count on an SSD attorney to work diligently to get you the benefits you deserve.
The Social Security Administration denies most first-time SSD applications. Between 2001 and 2010, an average of 28 percent of initial SSD applications were approved – those aren’t very good odds for first-time applicants. And while some initial denials are due to a lack of medical evidence, many claims are denied on technical grounds, such as mistakes in paperwork or missing information. An experienced SSD attorney ensures that your application contains thorough documentation and evidence, which may improve your chances for getting benefits at the initial application stage.
The appeals process is confusing. Even when you’re able to adequately prepare your SSD application on your own, if you are denied benefits, the appeals process tends to be confusing for anyone without a legal background. You may be required to provide additional information or testimony, appear before a judge, and file documents with the court system, and any misstep along the way could jeopardize your ability to get benefits. SSD attorneys know the appeals process well, and they may even know what types of evidence are most persuasive for certain judges reviewing your case.
An attorney may be able to uncover additional evidence that supports your claim. Filing an SSD claim is in many ways like proving a civil case in the court system – you have to present evidence that leaves no doubt about the fact your disability is severe enough to limit your ability to work. Applicants for SSD may be unaware of all the information that could help their claims, such as evidence from a former employer that shows an SSD applicant was unable to work more than a few hours per day after an injury. SSD attorneys excel at finding those details that support your claim of disability.
Attorneys may cross-examine experts and witnesses. In determining whether a disability is severe enough to significantly interfere with one’s ability to work, the SSA relies on testimony from vocational experts. These experts are employees of the SSA. When you have legal representation, your attorney can cross-examine vocational experts or others whose testimony indicates your injury or illness is not seriously disabling. Attorneys may also present new experts with opposing opinions that could help prove your SSD claim.
An attorney can develop your case and speak on your behalf. In some stages of the appeals process, without an attorney, you would need to attend proceedings by yourself and be available to answer questions or to cross-examine witnesses. When you have an SSD attorney on your side, they can assist by preparing your case and representing you during any administrative proceedings.
You have more time to focus on your health. If you’re undergoing rehabilitative therapy and medical treatments, or have chronic daily pain, trying to handle your own SSD case may be extremely difficult. When you hire an SSD attorney, you can focus on getting the medical treatment you need without worrying about whether you will be able to obtain the necessary medical evidence and jump through all the administrative hoops on your own. .
You can reduce stress. If the SSA denies your initial claim, the appeals process and the uncertainty of knowing if and when to expect SSD benefits can create a lot of stress. But an SSD attorney will keep you informed throughout the appeals process, which may help alleviate anxiety.
Helping Tennessee Valley Residents with SSD Claims
The law office of John R. Colvin has helped many families get the benefits they deserve. As a small firm, we offer the kind of personalized attention and service that’s hard to find at large run-of-the-mill firms. Find out what we can do for you. Request your free consultation today via our online contact form, or by calling 1-931-962-1044.