In most potential Social Security disability claims, attorneys are often asked “Why do I need to hire an attorney?”
The answer is simple: the process for applying for Social Security Disability is long and complicated, and the slightest misstep at any stage could spell doom for your claim, even years later.
Below are a few key reasons why it is essential to hire an experienced Social Security Disability attorney in order for your claim to have the best chance for success:
- Every Word Counts: An attorney is well-versed in the disability process as a whole, the Social Security Act and Regulations, and what to say and what not to say when completing forms or speaking to Social Security. Attorneys know how to present a person’s disabilities in the most favorable light and in ways Social Security is used to seeing. People may not realize that the words they use and how they discuss their disability, even years before a hearing is held, may have a significant impact on whether they are approved or denied. An attorney can help navigate those treacherous waters.
- Gathering Evidence for Your Case: Attorneys also play a key role in acquiring supportive medical evidence. They know what to ask for, what records are most important, what records are needed depending on the specific conditions in question, and most importantly, they know how to get the medical evidence in the fastest and cheapest way possible. This is especially important at the Request for Hearing level since the burden shifts at that time from Social Security to the claimant to make sure the administrative law judge has all the evidence needed to support a claim. Attorneys also have an understanding of which doctors are historically willing to help out on disability claims and which are not.
- Securing the Right Care for You: Finally, many claimants have needs outside their Social Security Disability claim, such as applying for Medicaid, navigating the Affordable Care Act (“Obama Care”) and finding medical providers when they lack the resources or insurance to get consistent medical care and attorneys can also assist with those matters. Attorneys have multiple roles throughout the life of a Social Security Disability Claim and it is wise for any individual to strongly consider taking advantage of all the services and resources an attorney has to offer.
The process of filing for Social Security Disability Benefits is long and complicated and there are many seemingly insignificant factors that could derail a claim at any stage of the process. Having an attorney on board right from the start is critical to the ultimate success of a claim.
Should you have any questions about the benefits of hiring an attorney, please contact Henson Fuerst today at 919-781-1107 or fill out a free online consultation form.
When you contact Henson Fuerst, you will speak with an experienced North Carolina Social Security Disability Attorney absolutely FREE. We will discuss every detail of your disability claim at no cost to you and fight hard to secure the benefits you deserve.
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