The legal definition of a lawyer is a person who is learned in the law; any person who prosecutes or defends causes in courts of record. A Social Security lawyer, a person skilled in the areas of Social Security, serves as a liaison between you and the Social Security Administration (SSA). When you are applying for Social Security disability benefits, a lawyer can help with the challenges that arise during the application process.
You are not required to use a lawyer when you apply for Social Security disability. But there are several reasons to consider one. First, most do not charge an up-front fee. Instead, they take a small percentage of the back pay you are owed when you get approved for benefits, which means you never have to pay them out of pocket.
Here are several additional ways you can benefit from hiring a Social Security lawyer:
A Social Security Lawyer Will Review Your Case
There is no one-size-fits-all way to apply for Social Security disability. Different methods work for different applicants depending on their unique circumstances. But unless you are familiar with the inter-workings of the SSA, which most applicants are not, you might not know the method that will work best for you.
A Social Security lawyer will have dealt with the SSA extensively and will understand how the organization works. They can review your case and help you develop a strategy to make a powerful appeal for benefits.
A Lawyer Can Help You Put Together a Thorough Application
The approval rate for first-time disability applicants hovers around one-third. That is, two out of every three people who apply for benefits get denied. Under the legal definition of a lawyer, your attorney will work with you and review the circumstances around your claim. In turn, this guidance will help to determine the strength of your claim. Your attorney will also work with you to make sure that preventable errors or omissions in your application, don’t exist. Even minor errors on your application could confirm a denial of benefits.
A lawyer can help you construct your application and ensure that it includes everything you need to maximize your chance of approval. They will keep you from falling prey to the application pitfalls that have snagged other applicants.
A Lawyer Will Represent You at a Disability Hearing
At the hearing for Social Security disability claims, you have the opportunity to plead your case, face-to-face, in front of an administrative law judge. Your attorney may help you prepare for the meeting and explain the process and what to expect, thereby possibly improving the chances of approval for benefits.
A lawyer will help you prepare for the hearing and will be present to represent you. In offering guidance and support, they may be able to steer the proceedings in a way that is most likely to lead to a favorable outcome.
Call 866-628-8179 Today for a Free Case Evaluation With a Social Security Disability Lawyer
If you need help with a Social Security disability issue, count on the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC, to fight for your benefits. We offer a free initial case review. To schedule an appointment today, call us at 866-628-8179.