Losing your ability to work due to disability can be stressful, both financially and emotionally. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration enables workers to pay for medical treatment and living expenses in the form of disability benefits. Before you file a claim, however, you may wish to consult a Social Security attorney, as he can help you with the following steps:
There are many different types of Social Security disability benefits, and it can be confusing to determine which ones apply to you. The most common are Social Security Disability Insurance, which is based on how much a worker has paid into the system, and Supplemental Security Income, based on financial need. A social security lawyer can help you accurately file your claim and can also help you determine whether reporting your seemingly unrelated conditions, such as learning disabilities, will facilitate the approval of your claim.
Completing the Application
There are three ways in which you can apply for disability benefits: online, over the phone, or in person at a Social Security office. When filling out an application, you will need a variety of documents, including tax papers, medical records, medication lists, and physician contact information. To maximize the likelihood that your claim will be accepted the first time you file, consult an attorney prior to contacting the Social Security Administration.
Arranging an Appeal
Because the majority of disability claims are initially rejected, you will likely need to file an appeal. The first step in this process is reconsideration, which is a thorough reexamination of your claim and consideration of new evidence. If your claim remains rejected, you can request a hearing in front of an administrative law judge. During this and the possible subsequent appeal and federal court reviews, the presence of a lawyer can be invaluable, as he will have experience with the appeals process and can guide you in obtaining the help you deserve.
Todd M. Berk, Esq. has over three decades’ worth of experience helping clients pursue Social Security Disability benefits. Call (215) 687-4432 to schedule your free consultation.
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