Social Security disability paperwork may seem simple enough to figure out. However, this does not mean that you should represent yourself and forgo hiring an attorney for any legal proceedings having to do with your claim. Doing so may result in a smaller judgment or even a possible denial of compensation. Here is how underrepresentation can hurt your chances of having your Social Security disability claim approved:
If you are hurt and unable to work, the Social Security Administration needs to understand the severity of your injuries. If you represent yourself, you may not have all of the necessary paperwork handy when you turn in your forms. A lawyer can track down medical bills, employment records, and other evidence to ensure that you paint the most complete picture possible. In addition, your attorney will ensure that your paperwork contains all appropriate details. Your lawyer can also contact expert witnesses and other medical professionals who can help the Social Security judge fully understand your claim.
Lack of an Appeal
One of the main reasons why you should hire a lawyer with experience in Social Security disability law is that he or she will be able to help you file an appeal. If your initial request for disability benefits is denied by the judge, you may file a timely appeal of your claim to be heard by another magistrate. An attorney will ensure that your claim is filed within the appropriate time frame and contains up-to-date legal research to support your unique disability situation. Going without a lawyer may mean that an initial denial is your only chance to ask for compensation.
Do not fall into the trap of representing yourself in Social Security disability proceedings. Pennsylvania attorney Todd M. Berk, Esq. has decades of experience helping Philadelphia-area residents receive just compensation for their pain and injuries. Call our office at (215) 687-4432 to schedule a consultation to discuss how to get your disability claim approved.
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