If you’re applying for disability payments from the federal government, you’ll need to go through a multi-step process of applying and possibly appealing an initial denial. Though you may think that you can represent yourself in this matter, you have a better chance of being awarded disability payments if you work with a lawyer. Here are just a few of the steps in the process that will be made easier with legal counsel.
Applying for benefits: Filling out the initial application paperwork is one of the most important parts of applying for Social Security Disability payments. Your application needs to be entirely completed with all relevant information. If anything is missing or filled out incorrectly, you run the risk of having your claim denied simply on a technicality. Your lawyer will be familiar with the application process and can guide you through it effectively.
Gathering paperwork: Social Security requires a large number of documents to be filed with your disability application, including your birth certificate, tax documents, and records from doctors and hospitals regarding your illness. An attorney will help you acquire these documents from all necessary sources. Additionally, if your disability claim requires more medical evidence, your attorney will refer you to another doctor.
Filing appeals: Many disability claims are rejected at first; however, the appeal process can be successful if approached correctly. To appeal the decision regarding your disability application, you will appear in front of a judge to testify and present witnesses or evidence regarding your disability. If you have never been in court before, this will be an intimidating experience, and one that you may handle incorrectly, jeopardizing your claim. Instead of attempting to represent yourself, hire an attorney who is experienced and can fight for your claim.
At Knollmeyer Law Office, we know that filing for disability can be stressful and difficult, especially while you are still struggling with a medical condition. For advice and legal assistance, call our Jacksonville office at (501) 985-1760 to schedule a consultation regarding your claim.
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