Published on Oct 21, 2008
The Social Security Disability Claims Process: Hiring a Lawyer
This is part of an ongoing series of Social Security Disability posts from Attorney Dennis Liotta, partner and the manager of our law firm's Workers Compensation and Social Security Disability Departments.
Though you don't have to hire an attorney to help you with your Social Security disability benefits appeal, after almost 20 years of practicing law, I've come to find that there are many reasons why hiring an SSD attorney can make a huge difference in your appeals process.
Here are just a few of the things that an SSD attorney will take care of during your claims process:
- Gather evidence for your claim.
- Gather medical records and reports.
- Gather documents from your Social Security file.
- Review prior actions taken by the Social Security Administration.
- Determine the proper course of action for your claim based on Social Security regulations.
- Consult with your physician regarding your condition and the regulations under Social Security.
- Suggest a second opinion on your condition by having the Social Security Administration send you to a doctor.
- Provide helpful advice on how to prepare for your Social Security hearing.
- Provide legal counsel at the hearing in order to ensure a fair proceeding.
- Review, object to, or make changes to the written questions being sent to a doctor by the Administrative Law Judge overseeing your hearing who may request an additional medical opinion.
- Make sure the Social Security Administration issues the correct benefit payment, if your claim is approved.
- Request a review of the hearing decision by the Social Security Administration Appeals Council, if your claim is denied at the hearing level.
- Request a review of the Social Security Administration Appeals Council decision by the Federal District Court if your claim is denied at the Appeals Council level.
A lot of people think that all you have to do is fill out some paperwork, send it in, and wait for your approval letter to arrive in the mail. Unfortunately, it's just not that easy. Filing an SSD appeal is both time-consuming and time-sensitive. If you think that you would benefit from the help of an experienced Social Security disability benefits attorney, contact our law firm for a free consultation of your case.