Do I Need An Attorney To File A Disability Claim?

Applying for social security disability benefits can be difficult and complicated. This is especially difficult considering that those are need-based benefits are also living with a disability that limits their ability to perform certain tasks and activities. Filling out the necessary paperwork can be taxing for someone who has difficulty concentrating or understanding written instructions, for example.

You don’t technically have to hire an attorney to apply for social security disability. In fact, you don’t need anyone to help you at all provided that you are able to understand the instructions and complete the forms.

However, even if your particular disability doesn’t prevent you from filling out paperwork, there are a number of reasons you can benefit from hiring a Social Security disability attorney to help you through the application process.

Benefits of having an attorney

One of the main reasons you should get as much help as you can is that Social Security disability benefits are highly selective. More applications are denied than are accepted, and this is true even for people who are significantly disabled. The more times you’re denied, the longer it takes for you to receive the benefits that you need. In the meantime, you may have trouble paying the bills and supporting yourself or your family.

Another reason you can benefit from having an attorney on your side is that if you request a hearing, you will need to make a physical appearance before a judge. During this time, it can be very useful to have someone represent you and advocate on your behalf, especially if it’s your first time in court.

If you hire a Social Security disability attorney, this person can also help you understand the law and how it applies to your individual case. Because the Social Security Administration has specific criteria for who is considered disabled and who isn’t, it can be difficult for many people to frame their case in a way that is convincing. An attorney can do this more easily.

If you are in need of an experienced disability advocate, contact our offices by phone, email, or text message. We can help you schedule a free consultation, and get started on the path to getting the disability benefits you need and deserve.