A claimant is a person who makes a claim. In the context of Social Security law, it is a person who files a claim to receive disability benefits. If you have a medical condition that prevents you from working, and you decide to apply for Social Security disability, you become a claimant. As a Social Security disability claimant, you have certain rights, the most important of which is that you may be represented by an attorney.
Social Security disability attorneys represent claimants during the application and appeals process. The attorney helps the claimant put together an application, gather supporting evidence, and, if necessary, appeal the case in a face-to-face hearing with an administrative law judge. To receive a free disability case evaluation, call the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC at 866-628-8179.
What Does a Social Security Disability Claimant Do
A Social Security disability claimant submits an application—or a “claim”—for disability benefits. In this application, the claimant provides detailed information about his/her disability, work history, and other factors he/she alleges render him/her incapable of working and earning a living.
The claimant also provides supporting documentation in the form of medical records, physicians’ statements, lab test results, statements from managers and coworkers, and other paperwork to back up the statements made in the application.
Social Security disability has a low approval rate, particularly on the first try. Therefore, the more thorough and compelling evidence a claimant submits, the better his/her chance of being granted an approval.
How a Social Security Disability Lawyer Helps a Claimant
A Social Security disability claimant does not have to do it alone. The Social Security Administration (SSA) allows claimants to secure representation from disability lawyers. A Social Security disability lawyer can be an invaluable asset during the process. They know what works and what doesn’t as far as convincing the SSA of one’s eligibility for disability benefits.
What is more, if your claim gets denied and your initial appeal is also turned down, you can appeal the SSA’s decision to an administrative law judge (ALJ). The ALJ hearing, which is face-to-face, provides the best approval odds of anywhere in the process. You can bring your lawyer to this hearing, and your lawyer can argue on your behalf just as they would in a courtroom.
For a Free Social Security Disability Case Evaluation, Call the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC, at 866-628-8179
The Social Security disability lawyers at the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC can help you with your disability claim. Our team has a successful history of helping people receive the disability benefits they deserve. Let us put our tools and resources to work for you. To speak with a member of our staff and set up a free case evaluation, call us at 866-628-8179.