If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with a serious illness, the future can be a scary thing to think about. On top of being worried about a prognosis, you can also be worried about how you will be able to pay your bills or medical expenses if an illness makes it impossible to continue working.
However, you should understand that you may be eligible to receive benefits through Social Security if an illness proves to be disabling. In order to pursue these benefits, it may be wise to consult an attorney experienced in SSDI claims.
There are three roles an attorney can fill when it comes to pursuing Social Security benefits.
- Legal resource: You may not understand your rights when it comes to Social Security disability benefits, which makes sense because you are likely going through this process for the first time. You may not know what you are eligible to receive, how to navigate the complex Social Security system or what options you have if you disagree with a ruling. An experienced attorney can help you understand each of these areas.
- Translator: You will need to prove that your condition meets the criteria to receive benefits. In order to do this, you will have to collect all the pertinent background on your condition and present it to the Social Security Administration in such a way that nothing is misinterpreted or overlooked. Your attorney can help you determine what information you need to collect and how to present it.
- Representative in hearings and trials: Pursuing benefits is not just about filling out paperwork. You may need to make court appearances and meet with SSA agents, particularly if you are appealing a decision. Without experience in these situations, you can be easily intimidated and confused.
The attorneys at our firm can be a critical ally and advocate for you if you are pursuing SSDI benefits. Please visit our website or more information about our background and skills.