Why Get an Attorney for SSDI?By Kenton Koszdin on November 8, 2018 | In Social Security Disability
Hiring an SSDI attorney when an illness or injury has left you disabled can not only improve your chances of being awarded SSDI benefits, it also makes the process of applying, and possibly appealing, much easier. An attorney who is experienced in SSDI and the procedures and people involved is beneficial for several reasons.
Improve Your Chances
Over half of all SSDI applications are denied the first time. This doesn’t mean you don’t qualify for disability benefits, but that you may have to go through additional steps to prove your case. This is when a disability attorney can help you through the process, making sure the right forms get to the right people. If more evidence is requested by the Social Security Administration (SSA), an attorney can also help you gather that information. The better the records you submit, the better your chances for being awarded SSDI benefits.
Reduce Chances of Procedural Errors
A large percentage of initial SSDI applications are denied simply because the forms weren’t completed correctly or signatures were missing. If your application is reviewed and there are technical errors, you will be denied SSDI benefits before they even look at the evidence you’ve provided. An experienced SSDI lawyer knows the forms and procedures, but also knows SSA staff and Administrative Law Judges (ALJs). This helps them keep tabs on your case as it goes through the motions, but it also allows them to learn how, when, and what to submit, as well as who needs it.
Experienced Professionals at Work for You
Choosing an SSDI attorney who is educated and experienced in disability cases isn’t just about the attorney. The law office also has many different types of professionals that are ready to work on your case. Often, the experienced staff will reach out with information or questions and are more available to answer emails or make phone calls about your case. An attorney isn’t the only one supporting your SSDI case, and having an experienced staff to support the attorney as well as your case can make all the difference when it comes to a potentially quick SSDI decision.
While an SSDI attorney can’t speed up the basic process of your application, meaning they can’t move up hearing dates or make sure they read your application and evidence before other applicants, they can make the process go much more smoothly. If you are looking to minimize delays due to errors and improve your chances of being awarded SSDI benefits, call or stop by the Law Office of Kenton Koszdin. We can review your SSDI case during a free consultation and let you know how we can improve your chances of an approval as well as make the process much easier on you.