One of the first things people who are applying for or have been denied Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) want to know, is whether or not they need a lawyer.
The answer is (unless you are appealing a denial to federal court) no, you don’t need a lawyer to apply for disability benefits.
But you stand a much better chance of being awarded benefits if you have one.
Don’t believe us?
Applying for SSDI is not a simple process. You cannot just fill out the forms to the best of your memory, sit back, and hope to be awarded benefits. It just doesn’t work that way.
The application requires a lot of detailed information. It must be carefully filled out. There should not be gaps in information, you need to get your “onset date” correct, and your application should be supported with the type of medical documentation the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) is looking for. It is imperative that your application makes it the severity of your condition clear to the SSA.
The Rest of the Process.
But the application is only the first step.
Then there is the disability interview.
After that, if you are denied benefits, (which happens to more than half of all first-time applications), you will want to appeal. That means you will need to comply with short deadlines for requesting an appeal and, may ultimately need to prepare to present your case before an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”).
Plus, you must do all of this not knowing the SSA’s policies and procedures or the law. And while struggling with a severe disability.
In social security disability law, it is almost universally true that people who are represented have the best chance of being awarded benefits. That’s because disability attorneys understand not only the rules and regulations but what evidence you need to prove your case and can zealously advocate for you.
You may not know how weak or strong of a case you have. As knowledgeable and experienced disability counsel, we evaluate your case so that you will have a good understanding of whether you may or may not qualify for disability benefits. Then, if you decide to pursue disability benefits, we help you fill out the application and handle the disability interview.
Because we know the medical and work evidence the SSA is looking for, we help you develop the strongest application possible. We help you gather all the necessary medical information about your condition from your doctors and your employers. And we make sure it is put together in a way that the SSA can clearly understand what your condition is and how it limits you in your daily activities and work life.
We represent you at the initial disability interview and if you are denied benefits, we will handle your appeal(s) and the administrative hearing; presenting your case to the Administrative Law Judge in the strongest possible manner.
You don’t need an attorney to apply for SSDI benefits. But you stand a far better chance of being granted benefits if you have one.
Don’t Wait. Call Us ToDay!
If you are applying for disability benefits or have been denied benefits, call us ToDay. At the Day Law Group, we handle social security disability cases. We have helped many people get benefits and we can help you, too. We fight hard to get our clients the benefits they deserve, we offer FREE consultations and we don’t get paid unless you win your case. We have offices in Baton Rouge, and we serve Baker, Denham, Gonzales, Port Allen, Prairieville, New Orleans, and Zachary. So call (225) 465-1232 ToDay to schedule your free consultation or contact us here.